True Crime may be the redheaded stepchild in the Mystery stacks at some bookstores, but it can be quite illuminating when done well. Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother is about John Albert Gardner, who raped and murdered two teenage girls, and his mother's valiant efforts to help her son. Tony Perry gives the book an affirmative review at the LAT.
If fictional Mystery is your preference, Ruth Rendell's novel The St Zita Society is reviewed there as well.
# Margaret Cannon reviews Trust Your Eyes, a new mystery by Linwood Barclay, and a few other books at the G&M.
# What was the origin of Junot Diaz's recurring character Yunior? Jen Graves at the Slog shares the author's response.
# Clea Simon discusses Lena Dunham's $3.5 million book advance against royalties from the publisher Random House. Dunham is the creator of the HBO Cable TV hit Girls.