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Book Marking a Good Stocking Stuffer

With Christmas and the holidays right around the corner, many of SF’s readers will soon find themselves beating the winter blues by curling up on the sofa with a warm blanket and a good book.  

Over the past few months, I’ve paged through some interesting reads.  Here’s a short list:

The Murder Room, by Michael Capuzzo

In the 1990s, three renowned investigators—a former FBI agent, a U.S. Customs agent, and a forensic pathologist —gathered together informally in a Philadelphia meeting room and formed the Vidocq Society.   Named after a famed French sleuth, the group explores cold case murders.  The catch: a detective from the investigating agency must formally present the case.

Worst Case, by James Patterson

When the son of a wealthy New York family is abducted, Detective Michael Bennett catches the case.  But the kidnapper isn’t demanding the typical ransom.  The well connected family uses its connections to involve a slew of politicians and the FBI.

The Cozen Protocol, by Mitchell Nevin

As two cutthroat gangs battle over drug turf, Milwaukee’s sitting police chief, under fire for his department’s lackluster performance, decides to retire.  His decision sets off an internal power struggle.  A dedicated detective, a savvy defense attorney, a talk-radio host , and a television news reporter diligently piece together a complicated puzzle.

Killing Pablo: the Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw, by Mark Bowden

In the 1980s, Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar brazenly exploited the South American cocaine trade.  With a fleet of yachts and a portfolio of expensive real estate, Escobar was one of the world’s largest drug kingpins.  When the U.S. government began providing resources to their Columbian colleagues, agency infighting was the only thing standing in the way of killing Pablo.  Very applicable to the current situation in Mexico.

So many good books but only so much time to read them. 


Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the author of The Killer in Our Midst: the Case of Milwaukee’s North Side Strangler and Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010