"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