Chilling . . . An exemplar of historical true-crime nonfiction.
-Mark Dunkelman, Favorite Books of 2010, " The Providence Journal"
Absorbing . . . Starr s thought-provoking journey, through the strange underbelly of a vividly rendered France, lingers in the reader s memory.
-Elyssa East, " The New York Times Book Review "(Editor s Choice)
Engrossing and carefully researched.
" -The New Yorker"
A- . . . Gripping, almost novelistic . . . Like an episode of "CSI: 19th-Century France."
-Tina Jordan, " Entertainment Weekly"
-Laura Spinney, " Nature"
Gripping . . . Starr s description of the legal, medical and even philosophical questions around Vacher s responsibility are strikingly current.
-Drew DeSilver, " The Seattle Times"
The perfect true-crime book to curl up with on an autumn night.
-Doug Childers, "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
Riveting, yet cerebral . . ." "Besides focusing on Joseph Vacher, also known as the Killer of Little Shepherds, Starr explains and expands on the fascinating achievements of those studying the criminal world.
-Elizabeth Humphrey, "San Francisco Book Review"
A gripping book that alternately appalls and fascinates.
-Mark Dunkelman, " Providence Journal"
Superior . . . This book is sensational and swift. But its real strength is the ability to show the history and progress of forensic science and its effect on the criminal justice system . . . This book reads like fiction and fascinates with fact.
-Bethany Latham, " Historical Novel Review"
Lively . . . With drama and stunning detail, Starr documents one of the earliest examples of criminal profiling, Vacher s murders, his arrest, and the twists and turns of the trial that followed." The Killer of Little Shepherds "is an important contribution to the history of criminal justice. It is crisply written, meticulously researched, and rich in historical detail.
-Larry Cox, " Tucson Citizen"
Douglas Starr s riveting, sophisticated book provides the distance and perspective needed to facilitate systematic but critical thinking about forensic science.
-Stanley J. Morse, " PsycCritiques"
Fascinating . . . Compelling . . . Written with the dramatic tension of a good novel and the impeccable detail of a well-researched history.
-Erika Engelhaupt, " ScienceNews"
Deft . . . Admirable . . . Riveting . ." ."" The Killer of Little Shepherds "is deeply rooted in historical sources and subtle context, but Starr also has a journalist s flair for the colorful detail.
-John Williams, "The Second Pass"
Graceful and accessible . . . The granddaddy of all true crime stories.
-David Walton, " Louisville Courier-Journal"
Expert . . . You ll be richly rewarded . . . A good book that will keep you reading.
" -The Crime Segments "blog
Eloquent . . . Starr creates tension worthy of a thriller.
" -"Starred review, " Publishers Weekly"
Starr s heavy immersion into forensics and investigative procedure makes interesting reading . . . [A] well-documented mix of forensic science, narrative nonfiction, and criminal psychology.