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Killers of the Flower Moon
Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as h...
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The Stranger Beside Me
The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy (New Edition)
Ann Rule - Apr 11, 2019 (first published in 1980)
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The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass-murderer. Little did she know that the young man who was her close friend was the savage slayer she was hunting . . . TED BUNDY was everyone's picture of a natural 'winner' - handsome, charming, brilliant in law sc...
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The Fact of a Body
A Murder and a Memoir
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich - May 08, 2018
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Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears ...
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Dave Cullen - Mar 03, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . . " So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders." It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that...
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Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
John E. Douglas - Oct 24, 2017 (first published in 1995)
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He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray - for a landmark study to understand their ...
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American Predator
The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
Maureen Callahan - Jun 09, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An Amazon "Best Book of 2019"A Washington Post "10 Books To Read in July" A Los Angeles Times "Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading" A USA Today "20 of the Season's Hottest New Books" A New York Post "25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order Now" A Bustle "The Best New True Crime Books You Can...
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The Poisoner's Handbook
Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Deborah Blum - Jan 24, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner's Handbook Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trai...
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Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe - Feb 25, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never...
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The Road to Jonestown
Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
Jeff Guinn - Apr 10, 2018
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2018 Edgar Award Finalist—Best Fact Crime “A thoroughly readable, thoroughly chilling account of a brilliant con man and his all-too vulnerable prey” (The Boston Globe)—the definitive story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, the largest murder-suicide in American history, by the New York Times bestselling author ...
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The Feather Thief
Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Kirk Wallace Johnson - Apr 23, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeo...
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My Dark Places
James Ellroy - Aug 19, 1997 (first published in 1996)
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"Astonishing . . . original, daring, brilliant." --Philadelphia InquirerIn 1958 Jean Ellroy was murdered, her body dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer was never found, and the police dismissed her as a casualty of a cheap Saturday night. James Ellroy was ten when his mother died, and he spent the next thirty-six years running fr...
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Homicide by David Simon
Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
The Grim Sleeper by Christine Pelisek
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Broken Faith by Mitch Weiss
The Phantom Prince by Elizabeth Kendall
Down City by Leah Carroll
The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson
While the City Slept by Eli Sanders
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Red Notice by Bill Browder
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
Heartstone by C. J. Sansom
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Hope by Amanda Berry
Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
The Sandman by Lars Kepler
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre
The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
The Long Good-Bye by Raymond Chandler
Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
Dead Man's Footsteps by Peter James
In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by Joan Didion
The Ice Man by Philip Carlo
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
Cruel Acts by Jane Casey
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The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine
Hunting November by Adriana Mather
Relentless Pursuit by Bradley J. Edwards
Sex Money Murder by Jonathan Green
Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King
The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose
The Shooting at Chateau Rock by Martin Walker
Start by Believing by John Barr
Accidental Secret Agent by Tom McLaughlin
Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver
BMF by Mara Shalhoup
Murder, She Wrote by Jessica Fletcher
Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
Robert B. Parker's Grudge Match by Mike Lupica
The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse
Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry
Worse Angels by Laird Barron
Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
Return to Hiroshima by Bob van Laerhoven
The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko
Natalie Wood by Suzanne Finstad
The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone
Finer Things by David Wharton
Evil by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge
Violet and the Smugglers by Harriet Whitehorn
Crime Fiction by Barry Forshaw
Candlemoth by R. J. Ellory
Flash Crash by Denison Hatch
Thornthwaite Betrayal by Gareth-P-Jones
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Cold Breath by Quentin Bates
Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder by Tardi
Murder at Mcdonalds by Phonse Jessome
Evidence of Love by John Bloom