Snipers And Shooters
By Bill Wallace
To kill with one shot needs a specialist. In war, choosing a perfect concealed position and knowing exactly when to pull the trigger takes a special talent. But some such as John Wilkes Booth, murderer of president Abraham Lincoln, prove that any madman with a gun can make history in a random moment. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy was killed by shots to his back and head. Despite being surrounded by security and in a public place, his killer knew where to hide and when to shoot. For three weeks in October 2002, a sniper in a Chevrolet Caprice terrorised Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. In these three weeks, and at various times and locations, ten people were shot dead and three were critically injured after being struck by the mysterious marksman. Two days after the last murder police identified the sniper and his accomplice - their murderous road trip was over.
By Asale Angel-Ajani
Strange Trade tells the compelling stories of Mary, a Liberian drug courier with a college education, and Pauline, a Ugandan wife, mother, and drug cartel boss. A leading expert on women and organized crime, Asale Angel-Ajani spent years interviewing these women in Italy's notorious Rebibbia Prison,and gained unprecedented access into the narcotics trade. Herself the daughter of a drug trafficker, Angel-Ajani brings a wrenching, deeply personal perspective to the account of these women's lives, and offers a nuanced understanding of the global context within which African women are entering the drug trade in ever-increasing numbers. Strange Trade follows Pauline and Mary as they traverse three continents, survive wars, poverty, and shattered families, secure drug shipments, and commit murder. Angel-Ajani paints rich, intimate, and profoundly surprising portraits without glamorizing, sanitizing, or offering judgment. The result is an unvarnished journey into a world that, until now, has remained hidden and a glimpse into the motives that led these women to risk,and ultimately lose,everything.
Scary Monsters and Super Freaks
By Mike Sager
Mike Sager is to drugs, porn, and crimes of desperate delusion what Dominic Dunne is to the society murder. In addition to his long-classic Rolling Stone story "The Devil and John Holmes" (which helped inspire the upcoming Val Kilmer film, Wonderland) and his ground-breaking GQ piece about murdered Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin (also the subject of a major film starring Cate Blanchett), Scary Monsters and Super Freaks is a wonderful rogue's gallery of up-close pieces about the most public failures of the American dream. From Rick James and his drug-fueled detour into white slavery to the life and suicide of porn starlet Savannah, from deep inside the beating of Rodney King and the Heaven's Gate cult suicides to Chuck Berry's sexual predilections, this book brings to high-profile true crime a highly identifiable voice and style. Currently Esquire's Writer-at-Large, Sager takes us along for the ride with a raft of other figures including the late NWA Rapper Easy E. Winner, the FBI agent who fell in love with his informant, and the highest ranking DEA agent to be busted for drug trafficking. This is a brilliant debut collection by one of America's most respected and stylish crime writers.