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50 Essential True Crime Books

For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but they provide context and depth to the crimes they study. In these excellent books we see how all lives—from the perpetrators and the investigators, to the victims and their families—are profoundly changed by the destruction detailed within. Originally titled Disco Bloodbath , this is a true account of a murder within a particular subculture: the New York City club kids of the late eighties and early nineties who partied like it was their jobs. Written by one of the most over the top insiders, Party Monster details the highs and lows of the scene—the fashion, the sex, the indulgence—but also the nasty drug hangovers, culminating in the conviction in of a club promoter named Michael Alig, who committed a particularly gruesome crime. Buy on Amazon.
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The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

But there has always been a small niche for true crime books, sometimes tucked — rather guiltily — below the much larger crime fiction sections in bookshops and libraries. I have about such volumes — the memoirs of criminals, detectives, crime reporters and the explorations and investigations carried out by authors and academics over the last or so years — many of which I have been using while working on Underworld, which is a history of the last century and a half of organised — and disorganised — crime in Britain. What is striking is how much things have changed in the last couple of decades, in that many of those involved in territorial gang warfare are now so young. Researching my book, I attended five gang murder trials at the Old Bailey and almost all of the accused and their victims were either teenagers or in their very early 20s. And at the more organised end of the underworld are now men — they are mostly men — who are almost indistinguishable from the bankers and brokers through whom they launder their loot in what is an increasingly international and tech-savvy game. The former is a very powerful account by the Glasgow-hardman-turned-acclaimed-artist of his time in Barlinnie prison. Erwin James, who was jailed for life for two murders in , is a writer who needs no introduction to Guardian readers, who will recall the articles on prison life he wrote for the paper during his 20 years inside.

Published in , Truman Capote's true crime book In Cold Blood details a brutal quadruple murder in small town Kansas. An instant success, the book launched the true crime genre that today consists of thousands of titles, television shows, films and even podcasts. Disturbing as the subject matter may be, true crime books and the like are a fascinating look into the human mind. We're compelled by our desire to understand how the criminal mind works, and can't help but wonder what we'd do in a similar situation. It's what makes true crime books one of the most popular non-fiction genres, and it certainly explains why we binge watch true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer and obsessively listen to true crime podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial. There's no shortage of fascinating true crime books out there - this list of the 50 best true crime books only scratches the surface.

The true crime genre has long fascinated readers. From classics to more recent fare, we guarantee that these reads will keep you up and turning pages well into the night. It is truly fascinating and horrifying account. This is a beguiling murder mystery with an eccentric cast of characters that just has to be read to be believed. In this book, Jon Krakauer takes a deep dive into a chilling double murder within one of the most isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities in the country. Under the Banner of Heaven centers around Ron and Dan Lafferty, brothers who believed God told them to kill a young woman and her innocent child. In great detail, Krakauer peels back the layers of zealotry, mania, and savagery that led to one truly terrifying moment.

The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read Originally titled Disco Bloodbath, this is a true account of a murder within a.
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The Best True Crime Books

True crime has fascinated writers for decades, creating some of the most haunting works of non-fiction that offer detailed, intelligent and thoughtful insights into the most extraordinary cases and killers. Los Angeles in and seven people are found brutally murdered., These books will take you behind the scenes of some of the most deadliest incidents in history. 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.

It seems like everyone is obsessing over all things true crime lately — from binging Making a Murderer on Netflix, to tuning in to the latest S-Town podcast. But true crime has long found a home in novels, where at times reality can seem stranger than fiction. James St. James brings you into the heyday of the New York City club scene marked by drugs, sex, music and mayhem that fueled an environment where nothing was too outrageous — not even murder. Available on Amazon.


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