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Books to Read If You Love Watching Mindhunter

If you’re addicted to all things true crime and you’ve binged Serial and Mindhunter, fill the void between seasons with this reading list. These books will take you behind the scenes of some of the most deadliest incidents in history.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Run of His Life

    by Jeffrey Toobin

    Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of “the trial of the century.” Rich in character, as propulsive as a legal thriller, this enduring narrative continues to shock and fascinate with its candid depiction of the human drama that upended American life.
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    The Run of His Life Book Cover Picture

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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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    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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    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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    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture

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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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    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

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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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    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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