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Book Riot's 50 Must-Read True Crime Books

"What is it about true crime books that are so addicting? Is it a voyeuristic, "train wreck" sort of reading experience? Is it an opportunity to understand trauma and the dark impulses of human nature? Is it the chance to play detective and investigate real crimes?"
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For the Thrill of It (Simon Baatz)
For the Thrill of It (Simon Baatz)
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My Friend Dahmer (Derf Backderf)
My Friend Dahmer (Derf Backderf)
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Beyond the Body Farm (Jefferson Bass)
Beyond the Body Farm (Jefferson Bass)
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
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Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi)
Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi)
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The Night Stalker (Philip Carlo)
The Night Stalker (Philip Carlo)
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Adnan's Story (Rabia Chaudry)
Adnan's Story (Rabia Chaudry)
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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (Paul Collins)
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (Paul Collins)
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Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness (Alfredo Corchado)
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness (Alfredo Corchado)
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Columbine (Dave Cullen)
Columbine (Dave Cullen)
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Death in the Air (Kate Winkler Dawson)
Death in the Air (Kate Winkler Dawson)
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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker)
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker)
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Black Dahlia, Red Rose (Piu Eatwell)
Black Dahlia, Red Rose (Piu Eatwell)
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Death of Innocents (Richard Firstman)
Death of Innocents (Richard Firstman)
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Cartel Wives: A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love, and Bringing Down El Chapo (Mia Flores)
Cartel Wives: A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love, and Bringing Down El Chapo (Mia Flores)
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News of a Kidnapping (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
News of a Kidnapping (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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The Good Nurse (Charles Graeber)
The Good Nurse (Charles Graeber)
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Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann)
Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann)
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The Road to Jonestown (Jeff Guinn)
The Road to Jonestown (Jeff Guinn)
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American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land (Monica Hesse)
American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land (Monica Hesse)
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Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel (Pin Ho)
Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel (Pin Ho)
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The Midnight Assassin (Skip Hollandsworth)
The Midnight Assassin (Skip Hollandsworth)
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Green River Killer: A True Detective Story (Jeff Jensen)
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story (Jeff Jensen)
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A Mother's Reckoning (Sue Klebold)
A Mother's Reckoning (Sue Klebold)
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Lost Girls
Lost Girls
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Missoula (Jon Krakauer)
Missoula (Jon Krakauer)
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Ugly Prey (Emilie Le Beau)
Ugly Prey (Emilie Le Beau)
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Truevine (Beth Macy)
Truevine (Beth Macy)
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The Beast (Oscar Martinez)
The Beast (Oscar Martinez)
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle McNamara)
I'll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle McNamara)
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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century (Sarah Miller)
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century (Sarah Miller)
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A False Report (T.Christian Miller)
A False Report (T.Christian Miller)
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Three Minutes to Doomsday (Joe Navarro)
Three Minutes to Doomsday (Joe Navarro)
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The Grim Sleeper (Christine Pelisek)
The Grim Sleeper (Christine Pelisek)
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The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago (Douglas Perry)
The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago (Douglas Perry)
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After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search (Sarah Perry)
After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search (Sarah Perry)
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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones)
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones)
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The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, and His Sister: Life and Death in Juárez (Sandra Rodriguez Nieto)
The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, and His Sister: Life and Death in Juárez (Sandra Rodriguez Nieto)
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The Daughters of Juarez (Teresa Rodriguez)
The Daughters of Juarez (Teresa Rodriguez)
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