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Title:
Unsolved : great mysteries of the 20th century
Author:
Wilson, Kirk, 1946-
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Edition:
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, 1990.
Physical Description:
xv, 264 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780881844702
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

Wilson explores a hot, perhaps perpetually hot, topic: great unsolved murder mysteries. Find here 10 well-written and well-researched, though undocumented, summaries of the most infamous twentieth-century cases--John F. Kennedy's assassination, Marilyn Monroe's suicide (or was it murder?), Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance, tawdry Claus Von Bulow's mysterious black bag--as well as the lesser known: Serge Rubenstein's murder, Lord Lucan's dematerialization, and so forth. Wilson's collection distinguishes itself by his efforts, often successful, to contact, query, and quote some of the participants in the cases; that, combined with his competent, often wry writing, makes this a cut above similar anthologies. Recommended for libraries wanting to round out their true-crime collections, especially where the numerous books already written on these subjects are in demand. --Eloise Kinney


Library Journal Review

Of the ten cases summarized here, the three which comprise more than half the book--the JFK assassination, the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, and the death of Marilyn Monroe--arguably could be considered solved. Few of the remaining cases--Harry Oakes, Serge Rubinstein, Claus Von Bulow, T. Cullen Davis, John Hill, Helen Brach, and Lord Lucan--are as puzzling as, for example, the cases of the Zodiac or Green River killers. Except for the Brach disappearance, these stories have been told more thoroughly and better elsewhere. Although Wilson mentions consulting 50 books, there is no bibliography. Considering the popularity of such TV shows as Unsolved Mysteries , however, this book will have some appeal.-- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.