Book Launch: Candace Fleming in Conversation with Nina Barrett: Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime
Join us for the launch of Chicago author Candace Fleming’s newest book Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime. Candace will be in conversation with Bookends & Beginnings owner Nina Barrett, who is the author of The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Famous Crimes.
An incredibly versatile and talented author of books for children and young adults, Candace Fleming has written riveting and acclaimed books of nonfiction on historical subjects including the downfall of the Romanov family, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and the dark side of Charles Lindbergh. In her newest book, Murder Among Friends, she turns her narrative virtuosity on the harrowing story of Leopold and Loeb: how two wealthy, brilliant young men planned and committed what became known as the crime of the century, how they were caught, why they confessed, and how the renowned criminal defense attorney Clarence Darrow enabled them to avoid the death penalty
Based on meticulous research, the book shines a light on many dark corners of the case, as well as showing how this story mesmerized America and much of the world during the summer of 1924, as the details unfolded. In an early review, Kirkus called Murder Among Friends “Erudite, readable, and appalling.”
Candace Fleming is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; the Sibert-Award-winning Giant Squid; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. She contributed the chapter on Katharine of Aragon to Fatal Throne.
Besides being the owner of Bookends & Beginnings, Nina Barrett is the author of four books including The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Famous Crimes. In her pre-bookstore life, she also created a James Beard Award-winning food series for Chicago’s NPR station WBEZ called Fear of Frying.