Elliott Ness and the Mad Butcher by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz

Elliott Ness and the Mad Butcher by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Kudos to both authors for writing a seamless and extremely well done nonfiction book about Elliot Ness. This book is as far from ‘dry’ as I think I have ever come in nonfiction. I learned so much about the prolific police man and really enjoyed the book.

I did hope for more of a true crime take about the serial killer that Ness never caught, but the book was mainly a timeline of Ness’ life. The parts of the investigation of the torso killings were just sprinkled in.

Still a good book, and I am still glad I read it!

Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

IMG_0994Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing me a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Lightning Men is a true crime story set in the south and I give this intense read 4 out of 5 stars.  Two ‘negro’ officers, Boggs and Smith, are trying to keep illegal white lightning off the streets of their part of town in 1950’s Atlanta.  Unfortunately, the officers are up against a smattering of outlying efforts that make keeping the streets safe even harder.  The majority of white police are corrupt which undermines everything Boggs and Smith work for, and the Klan is still alive and well, again making things more difficult. As they get closer to shutting down operations, people start getting killed. They are torn between trying to make things right and keeping enough peace that the drug and race issues in down don’t escalate into something bigger.

The writing in this book is great.  Easy to read and moves right along, yet doesn’t skimp on backstory and descriptions. Lightning Men was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about the old south or true crime.