Press

Scott Stossel (The Atlantic)
Among Murderers is a remarkable achievement, an eye-opening work of  journalistic empathy in the best tradition of Katherine Boo, Ted Conover, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In studying the cases of these three just-released convicts, Sabine Heinlein raises significant policy and philosophical questions about crime and punishment and the nature of ‘rehabilitation.’ (…) This is a triumphantly humane work of reporting and storytelling.”


 

Robert Boynton (The New New Journalism)
“Sabine Heinlein’s Among Murderers is a remarkable, clear-eyed portrait of three men trying to create lives for themselves after serving decades of hard time as punishment for having committed the ultimate crime. Working in the journalistic tradition of Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling, Heinlein brings these men to life as fully-realized, fascinating if flawed characters. Heinlein’s readers won’t be able to think of crime or punishment in the same way.”


 

David Samuels (Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker)
“With this unsentimental yet deeply empathetic look at the lives of ex-cons struggling to make it on the outside, Sabine Heinlein establishes herself as the Orwell of rehabilitation, American-style.”


 

Sam Swope (I am a Pencil, New York Public Library’s Cullman Center Institute for Teachers)
Among Murderers joins a small but important group of literary books that take an intimate look at murderers.  Detailing individuals’ painful steps and difficult quotidian lives as they try to find a place on the outside and come to terms with their crimes, this book has much to tell us about crime and punishment in America today.”

 

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Kirkus Review
“A thoughtful consideration of the massive challenges and moral burdens faced by individuals paroled after long sentences for the most severe of infractions. A deeply compassionate book that poses urgent questions about the end product of imprisonment and the social thirst for vengeance.”


 

The Times Higher Education / Laura Piacentini
“Reading Sabine Heinlein’s Among Murderers: Life after Prison was a real pleasure. This is an ambitious book in which the author aims to provide much more than a descriptive story of fractured lives scarred by incarceration. […] Heinlein’s particular skill is to apply a beautifully literary narrative to the still-hidden world of three former offenders.”


 

 UTNE Reader
“Sabine Heinlein offers a stark and brave look at the new lives of three recently paroled murderers, and their struggles to reintegrate into society.”


 

Los Angeles Review of Books / Jillian Steinhauer
“This is […] the biggest triumph of Heinlein’s book: the ability to turn ‘murderers’ […] into people. She doesn’t shy away from discussing the murders or her own feelings about them,[…] but she manages to do so while keeping us involved and, even more impressively, invested. […] We don’t want them to end up homeless, or commit crimes and land back in prison; we’re rooting for them, even though they’re murderers.”


 

Nieman Storyboard
“Is it possible to reveal the accused’s humanity without excusing the crime?” Among Murderers on the Storyboard shortlist on crime writing and empathy.


 

 The Rumpus / Amanda Green
“In the tradition of Susan Sheehan’s A Prison and a Prisoner and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family, Heinlein puts a face to a population that evokes strong feelings while remaining largely unfamiliar.”


 

NYU Magazine / Boryana Dzhambazova
“[A] sobering, sensitive debut… Heinlein’s in-depth reporting offers powerful insight into the reentry system, its shortcomings, and good practices.”


 

Writers Read / Roxana Robinson
“Heinlein is a perceptive and intrepid observer… this is a creepy and brilliant book.”


 

Longreads
Longreads featured “Job Readiness,” chapter 7 of Among Murderers, as the Member Pick of the Week.


 

The Dish / Andrew Sullivan
“How to Spin Your Rapsheet: Convicted murderer Angel Ramos tells Sabine Heinlein how newly released prisoners frame their stories for employers.”


 

San Francisco Book Review / Kim Heimbuch
“The author’s dedication to writing and to this subject is shown through her harrowing shadowing of these three ex-convicts, all convicted of murder, no less. […] If you are looking for a soul touching, look no further and pick up this book. You won’t be let down.”


 

Los Angeles Times / Carolina Miranda
Interview, “Beyond Orange Is the New Black: 8 eye-opening prison books”
“We need to take responsibility for creating an environment that breeds and supports violence over generations.”


 

The Page 99 Test / Marshal Zeringue
Is Ford Madox Ford’s statement “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you,” accurate for  Among Murderers? Among Murderers, on page 99 in particular, offers glimpses of a world unfamiliar to most of us and presents the opportunity to begin an honest dialogue about crime, rehabilitation, and reentry.”


The Brooklyn Rail / Ted Hamm
“Speaking of smart books, I encourage you to check out Sabine Heinlein’s Among Murderers: Life After Prison. (…) Notably free of policy jargon, [her] work is about real people and the stories they have to tell. Such an approach is far from trendy in the literature of criminal justice, which is obsessed with statistics; nor does it prevail in the world of nonfiction publishing, where it’s mostly the already famous who get written about.”


 

 Reed/Read / Kirsten Collins
“This is not a history–it is a narrative of the author’s changing perceptions of her subjects, and of the prison system that claims to have “rehabilitated” them. For those who like Michel Foucault, Shawshank Redemption.”


 

Library Journal
“Heinlein’s work will appeal to students of criminal justice and attendant social issues. General readers may enjoy dipping into the book, if not reading it cover to cover.”


 

An excerpt of Among Murderers: Life After Prison



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“Meet a NYFA Artist” (Interview by Lara Hidalgo).



ON THE RADIO

Jefferson Public Radio (NPR affiliate in Oregon)
“Jefferson Exchange,” one-hour live interview with Geoffrey Riley


 

KERA (NPR affiliate in Houston, TX)
“THINK,” one-hour live interview with Krys Boyd. (See also “What is Life Like After Prison?” Kera News for North Texas by Lindsey Knecht)


 

KBOO (public radio station in Portland, OR)
“More Talk Radio,” 45-minute live interview with Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod


 

KVON (NPR affiliate in the Napa Valley, CA)
“Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman” on , 20-minute interview


 

“Culture Shocks” (on select radio stations across the country)
40-minute interview with Barry Lynn