Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency by Andy GreenbergWhat it's about: how law enforcement agencies and private contractors around the world trace crypto-funded criminal exploits.
Why you might like it: Technology journalist Andy Greenberg's dramatic true crime tale offers a colorful cast of characters, twists and turns aplenty, and pulse-pounding suspense.
Book buzz: A documentary, podcast, and scripted adaptation of Tracers in the Dark are all currently in development.
The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K. GreenidgeWhat it's about: the complicated legacy of the Quaker abolitionist Grimke family, whose public calls for equality belied their own hypocrisy, self-righteousness, classism, and racism.
For fans of: The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family by Bettye Kearse.
Reviewers say: "A sobering and timely look at how self-centered benevolence can become complicity" (Booklist).
The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder by Edward Humes1987: Young Canadian couple Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook were murdered during a road trip to Seattle; their killer was never found.
2018: Snohomish County, WA detective Jim Scharf and genetic genealogist CeCe Moore worked together to solve the crime; their efforts led to the arrest and conviction of Seattle trucker Bill Talbott, whose case is headed to the Washington State Supreme Court.
Read it for: a thought-provoking discussion on the ethics of utilizing ancestry DNA databases for criminal investigations.
Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the... by Roseanne MontilloWhat it's about: In 1955, New York socialite Ann Woodward shot and killed her husband; 20 years later, author Truman Capote exploited the scandal in his Esquire short story "La Côte Basque, 1965."
What's inside: a well-researched account of the pair's ill-fated connection, which reportedly spurred Woodward's suicide and led to Capote's disgrace.
Try this next: For more books detailing how famous authors found literary inspiration in murder cases, check out Casey Cep's Furious Hours or Sarah Churchwell's Careless People.
How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future by Maria Ressa; foreword by Amal ClooneyWhat it is: an inspiring call to action from Philippine journalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Maria Ressa, who is currently facing prison time for reporting on the Philippines' descent into disinformation and fascism.
Read it for: an inspiring account of speaking truth to power: "You feel the fear; then you bust through it."
Featuring: a foreword from Ressa's attorney, Amal Clooney.
Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers by Emma SmithWhat it is: a fast-paced and engaging history of the book that reveals the written word's impact on technology, culture, and politics.
Author alert: Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford and the author of This Is Shakespeare.
What's in a name? The title of this book comes from the Stephen King quote: "Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Tutankhamun's Trumpet: Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects from the Boy King's Tomb by Toby WilkinsonWhat it is: a lively history of daily life in ancient Egypt, told via 100 artifacts excavated from King Tutankhamun's tomb.
What's inside: shaving tools, jewelry, artwork, weapons, sandals, the eponymous trumpet, and more.
Book buzz: Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson's "immersive" (Publishers Weekly) and "generously illustrated" (Kirkus Reviews) history was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the tomb's discovery.
Requiem for the Massacre: A Black History on the Conflict, Hope, and Fallout of the 1921... by R.J. YoungWhat it's about: the history and legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Tulsa, OK.
Author alert: FOX sports analyst and Tulsa native R.J. Young (Let It Bang) blends evocative history with impassioned personal reflections in this well-researched reckoning of systemic racism in America.
Try this next: For another compelling book exploring a pivotal event in Black history, check out Annette Gordon-Reed's On Juneteenth.
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