By Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James. The godfather of sabremetrics and his daughter dug into the Villisca axe murders -- and hundreds of others with similar characteristics -- and if they didn't crack a hundred-plus-year-old series of cases, they came very close. The book is so absorbing that a creak in the room where I was reading made me jump a mile. I was in a hotel, people. This was an Edgar finalist, and I can't quibble with Hesse's American Fire winning that year, but this is a damn good outing.
And the paperback's in damn good shape, straight from the warehouse.