"Altogether absorbing . . . Mr. Baatz has done meticulous research, and he writes extremely well. As a result he brings to vivid life the major characters . . . A page-turner of a book . . . His book on the Leopold and Loeb case is the best we'll have for a long, long time."
New York Times
"Baatz lucidly lays out the complicated courtroom maneuvers and provides a fascinating, skillful analysis of two different legal philosophies. . . . A masterly analysis of postwar shifts in society's ideas about crime and personality"
"For the Thrill of It is likely to be the definitive work . . . Impressive in its research, even-handed in its tone and immensely readable. . . Without falsely heightening the drama, Mr. Baatz keeps the reader entranced."
Wall Street Journal
"A riveting non-fiction thriller . . . . exceptional."
"Meticulous and thorough . . . It puts the case in historical perspective as a clash between two conflicting views of criminals and crime."
"A page-turner that you'll have trouble putting down . . . A carefully detailed work that is likely to be definitive. It's immensely readable, filled with drama and suspense."
Chicago Jewish Star
"Exhaustively researched and rivetingly presented . . . One of the best true-crime books of this or any other season."