RaveThe Washington Post... haunting memoir, which also unfolds as a gripping true-crime narrative ... McGarrahan’s rigorous investigation includes a set of hard-won interviews with the surviving witnesses to the 1976 shooting, including Rhodes and Jacobs ... McGarrahan must follow the story across a grim terrain that features drug dealers, armed robbers and other shady characters ... To her credit, McGarrahan resists the impulse to spin this tragedy into a “sentimental story with a feel-good ending.” In the book’s final pages, having sifted through a daunting tangle of conflicting accounts and agendas, she arrives at a set of wrenching conclusions about the crime ... This is a powerful, unsettling story, told with bracing honesty and skill.
RaveThe Washington Post... a gripping true-crime narrative ... Abbott crafts a gripping narrative from this previously obscure chapter in the \'noble experiment\' of Prohibition. Her research is exemplary, and she lays out the details with a novelist’s deft touch. She makes particularly good use of trial transcripts during a riveting courtroom sequence ... During the Prohibition era, wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, \'America was going on the greatest, gaudiest spree in history and there was going to be plenty to tell about it.\' He would undoubtedly have appreciated this heady cocktail of murder, intrigue and Jazz Age excess.
RaveThe Washington PostThe sagas of individual refugees unfold throughout the book, putting a human face on the drama, but Hindley frequently shifts her focus to the global events taking shape in France, Britain and the United States, underscoring Casablanca’s strategic importance on the world stage ... Hindley is particularly adept at illuminating the tense inner workings of Vichy France, the unoccupied Free Zone under Marshal Philippe Pétain, and the elaborate power struggles that played out between high-ranking collaborators and French loyalists ... With its lively storytelling and impressive scholarship, Destination Casablanca succeeds as a thorough and highly engaging chronicle of the French Moroccan theater of war.
PositiveThe Washington PostChaudry’s clear, vivid and highly readable account of the case will bring the story to life for readers unfamiliar with the podcast, and even the most devoted 'Serial' fans will find fresh insight and a vast amount of new material.