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Books to Read If You Love True Crime

If you’re addicted to all things true crime, you’ve probably binged shows like Making a Murderer or Mindhunter. These books will fill the void when you’re looking for your next true crime fix and will take you behind the scenes of some of the most deadliest incidents in history.

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    Two Truths and a Lie Book Cover Picture

    Two Truths and a Lie

    by Ellen McGarrahan

    In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan was a young reporter for the Miami Herald when she covered the execution of Jesse Tafero, a man convicted of murdering two police officers. When it later emerged that Tafero may have been innocent, McGarrahan was appalled by her unquestioning acceptance of the state’s version of events. The revelation propelled her into a new career as a private investigator. Decades later, McGarrahan finally decides to find out the truth of what really happened in Florida.
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    Two Truths and a Lie Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Empire of Pain

    by Patrick Radden Keefe

    A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin, by the prize-winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing.
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    Empire of Pain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.50

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    Unbelievable

    by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

    Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth.
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    Unbelievable Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Small Sacrifices

    by Ann Rule

    From the bestselling author of The Stranger Beside Me comes a shocking true crime account of the destructive forces that drove a beautiful young mother to shoot her three young children in cold blood.
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    Small Sacrifices Book Cover Picture

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    $9.99

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    Say Nothing

    by Patrick Radden Keefe

    From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe comes a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.
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    Say Nothing Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Black Edge

    by Sheelah Kolhatkar

    Black Edge is a riveting legal thriller that raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of high finance and how they have reshaped the economy.
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    Black Edge Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    We Own This City Book Cover Picture

    We Own This City

    by Justin Fenton

    The astonishing true story of “one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation” (The New York Times), from the Pulitzer Prize–nominated reporter who exposed a gang of criminal cops and their yearslong plunder of an American city.
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    We Own This City Book Cover Picture

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    $28.00

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    The Ratline

    by Philippe Sands

    From the author of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning East West Street: A tale of Nazi lives, mass murder, love, cold war espionage, a mysterious death in the Vatican–and “the Ratline,” the Nazi escape route to Peron’s Argentina.
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    The Ratline Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    The Devil in the White City Book Cover Picture

    The Devil in the White City

    by Erik Larson

    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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    The Devil in the White City Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    American Predator

    by Maureen Callahan

    The investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Anchorage PD.
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    American Predator Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Haunting of Alma Fielding

    by Kate Summerscale

    Internationally bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Kate Summerscale follows a ghost hunter in 1938 London in a case that illuminates changing social attitudes toward psychoanalysis, sexuality, and the supernatural.
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    The Haunting of Alma Fielding Book Cover Picture

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    $28.00

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    Chasing the Thrill

    by Daniel Barbarisi

    A full-throttle, first-person account of the treasure hunt created by eccentric millionaire art dealer–and, some would say, robber baron–Forrest Fenn that became the stuff of contemporary legend.
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    Chasing the Thrill Book Cover Picture

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    $28.00

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    The Ghosts of Eden Park

    by Karen Abbott

    Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.
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    The Ghosts of Eden Park Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Victim F

    by Denise Huskins, Aaron Quinn and Nicole Weisensee Egan

    In March 2015, Denise Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn awoke from a sound sleep into a nightmare. Armed men bound and drugged them, then abducted Denise. Warned not to call the police or Denise would be killed. Aaron agonized about what to do. Finally he put his trust in law enforcement and dialed 911. But instead of searching for Denise, the police accused Aaron of her murder. His story, they told him, was just unbelievable. When Denise was released alive, the police turned their fire on her, dubbing her the “real-life ‘Gone Girl’” who had faked her own kidnapping.
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    Victim F Book Cover Picture

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    $27.00

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    Furious Hours

    by Casey Cep

    Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee. Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South.
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    $16.95

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    The Feather Thief

    by Kirk Wallace Johnson

    The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
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    The Feather Thief Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Terror to the Wicked

    by Tobey Pearl

    A little-known moment in colonial history that changed the course of America’s future.A riveting account of a brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and the first murder trial in America,set against the backdrop of the Pequot War(between the Pequot tribe and the colonists of Massachusetts Bay) that ended this two-year war and brought about a peace that allowed the colonies to become a nation.
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    Terror to the Wicked Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.00

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    American Sherlock

    by Kate Winkler Dawson

    A gripping historical true crime narrative that “reads like the best of Conan Doyle himself” (Karen Abbott, author of The Ghosts of Eden Park), American Sherlock recounts the riveting true story of the birth of modern criminal investigation.
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    American Sherlock Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Under the Banner of Heaven

    by Jon Krakauer

    At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith.

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    Under the Banner of Heaven Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Outlaw Ocean

    by Ian Urbina

    Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways — drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of the hidden world of oceans. 
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    The Outlaw Ocean Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Bad Blood

    by John Carreyrou

    The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
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    $16.95

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    Killers of the Flower Moon

    by David Grann

    This haunting true-life murder mystery uncovers why the death toll rose so rapidly in the 1920s for the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, revealing one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
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    Killers of the Flower Moon Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    The Want-Ad Killer

    by Ann Rule

    Complete with the testimony of the officers who put Harvey Louis Carignan behind bars and the women who barely escaped with their lives, The Want-Ad Killer is one of the most shattering and thought-provoking true-crime stories of our time.
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    The Want-Ad Killer Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Vulgar Favors

    by Maureen Orth

    Read the true story of the manhunt that inspired The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the latest chapter of the acclaimed FX series.
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    Vulgar Favors Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    In Cold Blood

    by Truman Capote

    Truman Capote’s intensively researched narrative follows the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959.
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    In Cold Blood Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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