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Top Books About Serial Killers

If you can’t get enough of true crime lately, it’s time to dig into the life story of someone who was — or perhaps still is — unbelievably deranged. There’s a terrifying wealth of books written on serial killers, both fiction and nonfiction. Here are ten to get you started.

 

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    American Predator Book Cover Picture

    American Predator

    by Maureen Callahan

    When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years–uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake–many of which remain unsolved to this day.
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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Vulgar Favors

    by Maureen Orth

    On July 15, 1997, Gianni Versace was shot and killed on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. But months before Versace’s murder, award-winning journalist Maureen Orth was already investigating a major story on Cunanan for Vanity Fair. Culled from interviews with more than four hundred people and insights gleaned from thousands of pages of police reports, Vulgar Favors tells the complete story of Andrew Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed world in which they lived . . . and died.
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    Vulgar Favors Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Nobody’s Women

    by Steve Miller

    Written by investigative journalist Steve Miller, “Nobod’s Women” tells the sordid tale of a Cleveland-based ex-marine and registered sex offender who butchered women and lived among their corpses. Miller also shares the stories of the murdered women — primarily prostitutes and junkies — and explains how their deaths were avenged.
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    Nobody's Women Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $9.99

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    In Cold Blood

    by Truman Capote

    If you prefer a scary story with a literary bent, no’s the time to read — or re-read — “In Cold Blood.” In this masterpiece of literary nonfiction, Truman Capote dives into the quadruple murder of a family in Holcomb, Kansas. He expresses the utter brutality of the murders while showing an unexpected empathy for the killers. I’s not a straightforward biography, but Capot’s careful research and one-on-one interviews tell the stories of two real-life men who committed an unthinkable crime.
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    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    The Want-Ad Killer

    by Ann Rule

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Beside Me comes a true crime story of a serial killer who was sentenced to die—yet lived to murder again….and again….
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    The Want-Ad Killer Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Perfume

    by Patrick Suskind

    An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.
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    Perfume Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    The Devil in the White City

    by Erik Larson

    This New York Times bestseller intertwines 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. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.
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    The Devil in the White City Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Zodiac

    by Robert Graysmith

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    Zodiac Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Invisible Darkness

    by Stephen Williams

    Perfect for fans of Making a Murderer and The People v. O. J. Simpson, Invisible Darkness is the story of one of the more bizarre cases in recent memory—killings so sensational that they prompted the Canadian government, in the interests of justice, to silence its national press and to lock foreign journalists out of the courts.
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    Invisible Darkness Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $8.99

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    Jane Steele

    by Lyndsay Faye

    Discover the reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer that The New York Times Book Review calls “wonderfully entertaining” and USA Today describes as “sheer mayhem meets Victorian propriety”—nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
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    $17.00

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