This holiday season, one might want to buy the crime aficionado on your shopping list one or more of this year’s fine true crime or crime fiction books.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best crime books:
‘Hell and Back’
By Craig Johnson
Viking, $28, 352 pages
Craig Johnson returns with another novel about Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming. In this mystical crime thriller, the sheriff wakes up in a heavy snowstorm and doesn’t know his name or where he is. While Longmire’s friend, Henry Standing Bear, and his deputy, Vic Moretti, are looking for him, he is living in an altered reality with a shape-shifting villain.
‘Sonny: The Last of the Old-Time Mafia Bosses, John “Sonny” Franzese’
By S.J. Peddie
Citadel, $27, 288 pages
“Sonny” is a fascinating look at a real old-time gangster. Journalist S.J. Peddie conducted numerous interviews with Sonny Franzese, the former underboss of the Colombo crime family and a notorious reputed killer, prior to his death at age 103. Franzese, who spent more than half of his life in prison and was never an informant, gave his only interviews to the author. While loyal to Cosa Nostra, Franzese lamented the damage to he did to his natural family.
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