"The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff also has contemporary currency - it shows that violent juvenile crime is not a recent phenomenon and it prompts readers during this budget-conscious era to contemplate whether prevention might be more cost-effective than punishment."
"Bartley brings both rock-solid reporting and a storyteller's instincts to the job. The result is a sensitive, clear-eyed, and historically framed account of an extraordinary life story."
-Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, Seattle Times
"It is a completely true story, but Bartley uses a literary voice that makes it read like a novel as she brings to light one of the more bizarre crimes in history."
-Mike Bookey, Pacific Northwest Inlander, April 2013
"Seattle journalist Nancy Bartley uses the Niccolls case as a lens through which to examine the development of the juvenile justice system."
-Katie Schneider, Oregon Live, April 2013
"Readers learn what a life behind bars was like in the days when murderers were still hung and there were no provisions for young offenders. . . . This is a welcome addition to the true crime genre, and will also interest scholars of social issues and American history."
-Publishers Weekly, January 2013
"Niccolls' trial and sentence are just the starting point for Bartley. The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff also tells the fascinating story of how Niccolls was the pawn in an epic struggle between Washington Governor Roland Hartley and Father E.J. Flanagan. . . . [I]ntriguing reading."
-Allen Bentley, NW Lawyer