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Crime Mysteries

Crime Mysteries

by Barbara Johnston Adams, IRasoff (Editor)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up Five famous crimes continue to fascinate in this well-researched and carefully written collection: Albert Spaggiari and his gang dug through sewers to a French bank and, in a precisely-planned robbery, stole over $10 million. Caught and awaiting trial in 1977, the brainy leader of the ``Sewer Rats'' escaped and has never been found. Judge Joseph Crater, in 1930, lingered long over dinner with a lawyer friend, said goodnight, got into a taxi, and was never seen again. In 1968, college student Barbara Mackle was buried alive by a dangerously disturbed escaped convict and rescued 83 harrowing hours later after a frantic search by the FBI. Her kidnapper was paroled after serving only ten years of a life sentence. From 1940 to 1956, George Meteskythe ``Mad Bomber'' planted homemade bombs all over New York City, practically begging to be found and stopped. Finally, Adams offers an excellent retelling of the complex 1892 Lizzie Borden case. Accurate and concise, it is far superior to the muddled account in the Bergers' Bizarre Murders (Messner, 1983). All five cases are well-organized examples of excellent nonfiction writing. Wendy Dellett, formerly at Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Library, Washington, D.C.

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