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Final Confession: The Unsolved Crimes of Phil Cresta
Brian P. Wallace and Bill CrowleyE-book: $16.99
You wouldn’t necessarily expect a true-crime book to be a whole lot of fun, but this one is. . . . It’s exciting, lighthearted, and completely realistic. . . . Phil Cresta and his cohorts were a band of thieves-very clever thieves, to be sure, but thieves nonetheless. They weren’t particularly honorable, and they certainly weren’t wealthy, but this chronicle of their adventures gives us more excitement than a whole fistful of novels. . . . Even though [Cresta] was a ‘bad guy,’ it’s awfully hard not to like him. Put this at the top of every true-crime fan’s reading list.
—Booklist (starred review)
An affectionate look at a true craftsman of crime, one who cared as much for his friends as he did for the rush he’d get whenever he opened the back of a stolen armored car. . . . It’s the details of the Cresta story that give Final Confession its charm-because Wallace and Crowley make plain that Cresta’s wild run lasted not because of the fear he engendered on the street but because of his painstaking dedication to craft. . . . Final Confession also charms because of the eye that [the authors] have for the humorous moments that flecked an otherwise grim and unforgiving life.
—Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe
BRIAN P. WALLACE is a former Massachusetts state representative. Bill Crowley is a retired Boston police detective.