It’s one thing to read the canned narrative of the crime and another to see it coalesce in real time via police records, psychiatric reports, and court transcripts. A new book, The Leopold and Loeb Files, by Nina Barrett, returns to these original archival documents . . . to resurrect the killers’ voices. . . . The effect is something like a séance scripted by David Simon. It’s fascinating to read the transcripts of Leopold and Loeb as they talk in looping confabulations, backtrack, contradict each other, and double down. Their voices on the page thrum with the smugness of youth.

July 26, 2018: The Paris Review