Lone Star (In)Justice

Tales of true crime and made-up mayhem from deep in the heart of Texas

For a place nicknamed the Friendship State, Texas sure boasts a helluva lot of brutishness and bloodshed, much of it committed in pursuit of less-than-charitable goals. That said, the unsavory acts of outlaws, outcasts, and out-and-out madmen constitute a large part of Lone Star history, in both fact and fiction, and those of us who live here have a seemingly insatiable appetite for tales that draw on them, as well as on the efforts of those individuals who work to bring the perpetrators of such deeds to justice. For proof, look no further than the six books reviewed here as part of the Chronicle's July Is Crime Month roundup: all-new releases that share a connection to Texas, either because they relate true stories of criminal incidents within our borders, or because the fictional yarns they spin were penned by authors who reside among us. From made-up made men to real-life gangsters, from a fictional witness whose account of a murder isn't believed to the actual husband whose insistence that he didn't murder his wife isn't believed, they show Texas is still a spot for compelling tales from the darker side of our nature.

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More July Is Crime Month
Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith
The crime writer's dark world is stranger than (literary) fiction

Amy Gentry, July 25, 2014

The Other Side
The Other Side
Memoir by Houston writer Lacy Johnson recounts a personal trauma with honesty and haunting beauty

Jessi Cape, July 25, 2014

More Arts Reviews
Last Act Theatre's <i>Richard III</i>
Richard III
This all-female production takes the Bard's drama from the doldrums to dynamite for Women Who Act

T. Lynn Mikeska, July 21, 2017

Austin Chamber Music Festival: St. Lawrence String Quartet
Austin Chamber Music Festival: St. Lawrence String Quartet
This concert was a lesson in active listening from an active, assured, exceptional ensemble

Robi Polgar, July 21, 2017

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Throwing a Few Back With Shit-faced Shakespeare
When it's time to perform Shit-faced Shakespeare, here's how an actor prepares

July 21, 2017

Counting the Cocktails Onstage
Counting the Cocktails Onstage
The tally on tippling in some classic American dramas shows characters drinking to excess

July 21, 2017

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July Is Crime Month, Meg Gardiner, Jeff Abbott, Rod Davis

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