Pursuit Magazine
Review: “A Visit to Moscow,” by Anna Olswanger
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:41:06 +0000
Anna Olswanger’s graphic history, A Visit to Moscow, depicts a modern exodus. by Michael Ray Taylor & Chapter16.org A Visit to Moscow By Anna Olswanger, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg. West Margin Press. 72 pages. $19.99. Memphis native Anna Olswanger, author of the graphic history A Visit to Moscow, began interviewing the influential New Jersey rabbi Rafael Grossman in the 1980s, writing down his stories from a lifetime spent fighting antisemitism. One of those stories concerned a 1965 visit to the former […]
Review: “Twelfth,” by Janet Key
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:20:43 +0000
In Janet Key’s middle-grade mystery, mayhem ensues at a summer theater camp in the Berkshires. by Tina Chambers & Chapter16.org Twelfth By Janet Key. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 368 pages. $16.99. “The play’s the thing” in Twelfth, Janet Key’s lively debut novel for middle-grade readers. It was not 12-year-old Maren Sands’ idea to attend Charlotte Goodman Theater Camp, but her parents insisted. They have their hands full caring for her older sister Hadley, who is in treatment for depression […]
How to Negotiate with Kidnappers
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:29:07 +0000
Tradecraft Tips: A former FBI hostage negotiator shares tips on getting hostages home safely.
October 2019 Webinar: Interviews, Interrogations, & Problems with the Reid Technique
Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:55:40 +0000
Two criminal defense attorneys discuss investigative interviews versus interrogations, false confessions, and potential problems with the Reid Technique. Criminal defense investigator Hal Humphreys hosts two prominent criminal defense attorneys to discuss investigative interviews, the potential dangers inherent in interrogation tactics like the Reid Technique, false confessions, and what defense attorneys need from investigators. Reagan Wynn is a practicing trial attorney in Ft. Worth, Texas. Jerry Buting is one of the attorneys featured in the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.” He’s […]
“Unsuiciding” – Investigating Deaths Ruled as Suicide
Mon, 12 Sep 2022 19:33:13 +0000
When my dreams of being a homicide detective were dashed, I found another way to investigate unnatural deaths — and bring answers to grieving loved ones. Before I found my way to private investigation, I first had to watch my ambition to become a homicide detective burn to the ground. I thought I was a shoo-in. I’d aced a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a 4.0. I loved the topic and knew I’d carry that passion into a career […]
Review: “Deer Creek Drive” by Beverly Lowry
Sun, 11 Sep 2022 20:26:30 +0000
Beverly Lowry’s Deer Creek Drive weaves true crime with memoir in a story of murder, class, and complicity. by Odie Lindsey & Chapter16.org Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks By Beverly Lowry. Knopf. 368 pages. $29. Beverly Lowry’s 10th book weaves true crime with a memoir of the post-WWII South. Focused on the brutal killing of a Mississippi socialite, Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta revisits an event that grabbed national […]
FOIA Requests & Open Records: What You Need to Know
Thu, 01 Sep 2022 18:13:31 +0000
Public records can add vital information to an investigation. But navigating FOIA requests can be tricky. Here’s a primer. Public records are often an important piece of the puzzle for investigators and journalists. There can be a lot to navigate when it comes to requesting the information you need — not to mention the fact that federal agencies are handling thousands and thousands of FOIA requests per year. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security had almost 84,000 such requests […]
Review: “Rogues,” by Patrick Radden Keefe
Mon, 22 Aug 2022 16:46:37 +0000
Patrick Radden Keefe’s Rogues draws back the curtain on secret worlds. by Kim Green & Chapter16.org Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks By Patrick Radden Keefe. Doubleday. 368 pages. $30. In the preface to Rogues, Patrick Radden Keefe’s collection of spellbinding New Yorker features, Keefe explains that he’s become a specialist in “the writearound” — articles whose subjects refuse to grant interviews. “It takes a lot of creative reporting to produce a vivid portrait of someone without ever […]
What Kind of Investigator Are You?
Thu, 18 Aug 2022 12:33:53 +0000
A long pandemic slowdown prompts a Chicago PI to recast himself in the professional role he was made for.
Review: “The Cartographers”
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 21:32:06 +0000
In Peng Shepherd’s second novel, a rare map points the way to a dreamlike — yet deadly — destination. by Tina Chambers & Chapter16.org The Cartographers. By Peng Shepherd. William Morrow. 400 pages. $27.99. Nell Young, the protagonist of Peng Shepherd’s second novel, The Cartographers, is born into a family of map scholars. Her mother’s celebrated career is cut short when Nell is only a toddler, but Nell grows up at her beloved father’s side, roaming the Map Division of the […]