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14 True Crime Books You Should Read

Whether you’re watching Making a Murderer or listening to Serial, real crime is the new black. We’re rounding up an investigative, true crime reading list to fill the void between episodes.

  1. Life After Death Book Cover Picture

    Life After Death

    The story of Damien Echols who was falsely convicted of three murders and spent eighteen years on Death Row, ten of those in solitary confinement.

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  2. Missoula Book Cover Picture


    Jon Krakauer investigates the hundreds of reported sexual assaults on a state university campus in Missoula, Montana.

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  3. The Brothers Book Cover Picture

    The Brothers

    Acclaimed journalist, Masha Gessen, investigates the lives of the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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  4. The Devil in the White City Book Cover Picture

    The Devil in the White City

    The true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

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  5. Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Exclusive Serial Killer Revealed Book Cover Picture

    Zodiac Unmasked

    Robert Graysmith exposes the infamous Zodiac killer’s true identity after more than 30 years of research.

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  6. Midnight in Peking Book Cover Picture

    Midnight in Peking

    Midnight in Peking chronicles the unsolved murder of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937.

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  7. Under the Banner of Heaven Book Cover Picture

    Under the Banner of Heaven

    Our second Krakaeur book on the list, Under the Banner of Heaven, explores the extremes of religious beliefs in our society.

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  8. The Innocent Man Book Cover Picture

    The Innocent Man

    In 1982, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered, and the case is linked to a small-town hero.

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  9. Whitey Book Cover Picture


    The definitive biography of Whitey Bulger, the most brutal and sadistic crime boss since Al Capone.

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  10. The Orchid Thief Book Cover Picture

    The Orchid Thief

    The tale of an eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche whose obsession with cloning an endangered flower is both strange and captivating.

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  11. A Wilderness of Error Book Cover Picture

    A Wilderness of Error

    Author and former private detective, Errol Morris, digs deep into the infamous Jeffrey MacDonald murder case.

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  12. Catch Me If You Can Book Cover Picture

    Catch Me If You Can

    Frank W. Abagnale is one of the most notorious impostors and escape artists in history, and this is his stranger-than-fiction story.

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  13. Bridge of Spies Book Cover Picture

    Bridge of Spies

    Giles Whittell reveals the dramatic lives of men drawn into the nadir of the Cold War, and the tragicomedy of errors that eventually induced Khrushchev to send missiles to Castro.

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  14. Gang Leader for a Day Book Cover Picture

    Gang Leader for a Day

    First-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh befriends a Chicago gang leader named JT.

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