What are the best books about killers?

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    #1The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule is a nonfiction, true-crime novel published in 1984. This book tells the story of a star athlete named Randall Woodfield who claimed at least 45 lives during his killing spree through California to Washington.


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    Nancy Walsh
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a frightening but fascinating read of true crime. It really takes you into the mind and actions of a serial killer and how they came to be. Chilling descriptions drew me in immediately and I was so involved I found myself gasping along the way. I really love all the factual information the author gives to flesh our what really happened."
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    #2Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross)

    Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross)
    After a reporter is killed in Los Angeles while investigating a series of murders, it is time for Alex Cross to get his hands dirty. He will soon realize that he is dealing with two killers, who are collaborating and competing against each other.


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    Ethan Gonzalez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Much violence but also shows us how much interest there is in human beings, although it is a book of deaths teaches us a lot about the real sense and belonging that we should have towards ourselves and value the fact that we breathe and at any moment our life can go from our hands"
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    #3Red Dragon

    Red Dragon

    Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is a bestselling horror fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in October 1981 by the G.P. Putnam's Sons and Dell Publishing House. It was followed by The Silence of the Lambs in 1988.


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    Alice Qian
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I can't say it's one of the best books ever written, but it's absolutely one of the most engaging stories written in the last few decades. Highly, highly recommended. "
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    #4The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter is a true-crime novel published in 2003. This book follows the maniac crimes of some of the world's notorious killers.


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    Thomas Schmidt
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Since I was a little kid I found serial Killers interesting. I have read many books about them. The most recent book I read called The Serial Killer Files was a real good book. It had more information about the killers than I have read about before. I was impressed with it."
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    #5Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Sean Arnold
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is not very relevant to killers. The story, in general, is not great either. I would not recommend."
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    #6Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    Helter Skelter is a collaborative work by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry detailing the series of brutal random murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers. Bugliosi was the prosecutor who brought Manson to justice.


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    Joseph Austin
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Holy Moly. I've been sleeping with the lights on the past few nights. What an terrifying and unbelievable story. I would recommend to anyone willing to be spooked!"
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    #7The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York is a non-fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book explores the current environmental issues that humanity is facing.


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    Phillip Willis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Not at all about killers, at least not in the way most would prefer. Talking about an economic system destroying the Earth is a topic worth discussing but in terms of looking for a good book about a killer? It simply doesn't belong. I would recommend 'The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America' which is about a real life serial killer set around the world's fair in Chicago in 1893. It's gripping and educational and I highly recommend it. "
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    #8Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first book in Jeff Lindsay's hit series, Dexter. It is the basis of the hit Showtime television series, Dexter. The book is a crime and thriller story about a forensic expert who is also a killer.


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    Stephen Romero
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I'm one of those people who do the movie/tv version first and then read the book. This is what I did with this. I really enjoyed it. I think Dexter is even creepier in the book than in the series, which is really saying something."
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    #9We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a chilling novel about a hideous (and possibly murderous) family living in the depths of a creepy estate. A struggle arises when a family member visited their humble abode.

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    Brian Jackson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Fairly creepy and to the point, but really not a case study of killers. I generally enjoy the darker sides of man but this fell flat for me. A younger audience may appreciate this more than I did."
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    #10American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.


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    Katherine Guzman
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The modern classic, the basis of a Broadway musical, and major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and Reese Witherspoon, and directed by Mary Harron. In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront."
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    #11Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Douglas Henderson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Reading books or watching documentaries on killers has always been something that interests me. Some people find that a bit weird, but its' the science of wow they did and how others caught them that interests me. Lord of the Flies is a staple story if you're interested in the same subject. It's a very solid book and has stood the test of time for years now."
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    Misery is a horror book written by Stephen King. It's the story of a famous novelist held hostage by his fan as he suffers a frightening case of writer's block which could end with him dead at the hands of his twisted fan.

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    Alan Grant
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Oh Misery, you faithful classic. Even if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, you probably know what its about. You might have even fantasized about recreating that one scene. To your boss, perhaps? Or to your ex (ladies, I'm looking at you.) While I'm not sure I'd say the main character is a killer, this is a great book, and one you should read."
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    #13I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver)

    I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver)

    I Don't Want to Kill You is a young adult horror fantasy fiction and the third book in John Cleaver series written by Dan Wells. It is first published in 2011 by Tor Books. 


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    Ao Yi
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It's kind of sad that the basic premise of the series- a budding serial killer hunting demons that seem to be normal humans- has almost become cliche now that cross-genre work has become a flooded market.That's why I only started the series after hearing some good things about I Don't Want To Kill You. Wells stands head and shoulders above the crowd, however, and I was sucked in somewhere around halfway through I Am Not A Serial Killer, on Friday night. I pretty much didn't stop reading until I finished the series about an hour ago. Addictive, fast paced, intelligent but flowing easily, this is not a series to miss."
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    #14Manson in His Own Words

    Manson in His Own Words
    Manson in His Own Words is Nuel Emmons' narration of the life of Charles Manson, the convicted murderer. Using seven years worth of correspondence with Manson, Emmons painted the events that created one of the most dangerous men in history.

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    Judith Flores
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A haunting look into Manson's life. Definitely worth a read."
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    #15The Stranger Beside Me

    The Stranger Beside Me
    The Stranger Beside Me is a true-crime novel by Ann Rule published in 1980. This book follows the haunting story of Ted Budy - a law student by day and a notorious serial killer at night.

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    Jack Hunt
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I read this per the recommendation of my life, she is infatuated with novels about serial killers. I admit, at first I was skeptical. I didn't think it would be a good book, however, I powered through so that she wouldn't be mad at me. I loved the book. Ted Bundy was such an interesting character and he was REAL. It was so interesting that he had worked at a crisis hotline even though he was committing heinous crimes. The fact the he was so charming and well put together really added to this. Any woman would believe themselves to be the luckiest woman alive if they were to date him. However, he was one of the most prolific killers in recent memory. This book is told from a first-hand perspective which makes it even more interesting. This is no biography, this is a story. Some moments are jarring and some moments even elicit sympathy for him. Terrifying read, be warned, you will be wondering if your coworkers are killers after reading this."
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    #16Profiled (The Zodiac Serial Killer)

    Profiled (The Zodiac Serial Killer)

    Profiled: The Zodiac Examined is a non-fiction true crime and the second book in The Zodiac Serial Killer series written by Mark Hewitt. It is first published in 2017 by Genius Book Publishing.


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    Xiang Wu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Profiled (The Zodiac Serial Killer) is the best book about killers I have ever read. It was written by Mark Hewitt and it profiles the real Zodiac killer. This is the second book in this series and it deals with the profiling of the Zodiac killer. This book is a must read for all!"
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    #17This Is the Zodiac Speaking

    This Is the Zodiac Speaking

    This Is the Zodiac Speaking: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer is a true crime non-fiction book written by Michael D. Kelleher and David Van Nuys. It is published in 2001. 


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    Heather May
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I didn't like that a major part of the book were the opinions of different people rather than building up the facts of the case like other non-fiction murder books I've read. There were also some grammatical errors and spacing problems that were distracting."
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    #18Hunted (The Zodiac Serial Killer)

    Hunted (The Zodiac Serial Killer)
    Hunted is a true crime non-fiction and the first book in The Zodiac Serial Killer series written by Mark Hewitt. It is published in 2016 by Genius Book Publishing.

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    Grace Ruiz
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I am not really fond of these type of these types of books since they scare the living life out of me but for other people and just reading and judging by the reviews, this is actually one worth picking up. These true crime scenes are actually more grounded than your usual fictional once since well, they are true stories, yet most of these are engaging to say the least."
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    #19Zodiac Unmasked

    Zodiac Unmasked

    Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed is a true crime non-fiction written by Robert Graysmith. It is published in 2002. 


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    Jordan Vargas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Eh, no, just no. I mean if you need to consume more information about the Zodiac killer and are that into true crime, you might want to read it. I just think there are other books out there with better writing, better storytelling, and better sense of research material and details. ...boring!"
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    #20Hunter Among the Stars

    Hunter Among the Stars

    Hunter Among the Stars: A Critical Look at the Zodiac Killer as Serial Killer, Occultist, and Speller is a non-fiction book written by John Robert Jordan. It is published in 2012. 


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    Harini Rodrigues
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The mind of a killer has always interested me. I like to figure out what makes people tick and killers are some of the scariest minds to explore. Hunter Among the Stars was a look that looked back at the Zodial killer as well as some other aspects of the topic. I liked the book but felt like it could have been put together better."
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    #21America's Jack The Ripper

    America's Jack The Ripper

    America's Jack The Ripper: The Crimes and Psychology of the Zodiac Killer is a non-fiction book written by  Soren Roest Korsgaard. It was published in 2017 by Lulu.com. 


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    Katherine Valdez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What a good biography of Ted Cruz. LOL. No, it is a pretty good summary of the investigation."
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    #22The Zodiac Killer Cover-Up

    The Zodiac Killer Cover-Up

    The Zodiac Killer Cover-Up: The Silenced Badge is a crime non-fiction book written by Lyndon E. Lafferty. It is first published in 2012 by Mandamus. 


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    Craig Kim
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Zodiac Killer Cover-Up is a good book, but not the best book about killers. It tells you about the in and outs of the case which makes it interesting. It just doesn't capture the readers attention."
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    #23Life Penalty

    Life Penalty

    Life Penalty is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. This book is set in Canada and it is first published in 1984 by Dell. 


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    Diana Green
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Inserting solution "
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    #24Whatever Happened to the Zodiac Killer?

    Whatever Happened to the Zodiac Killer?

    Whatever Happened to the Zodiac Killer? is a mystery non-fiction book written by Katherin B. FitzPatrick. It is first published in 2014 by Xulon Press. 


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    John Pierce
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "There are a lot of wild books out there written about killers, and this one, Whatever Happened to the Zodiac Killer?, is definitely one of the best. I know three other people who read it and they all loved it. "
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    #25Tit Willow

    Tit Willow

    Tit Willow: The Story of the Zodiac Killer is a non-fiction book written by Judith Chapman. It is first published in 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.


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    Mark Owens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I have always been captivated by true crime and serial killers and when I saw a book that potentially revealed the Zodiac Killer's identity I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately I found the book to be not very captivating and did not provide the evidence I thought it would. As a weekend time killer it wasn't bad but I think there are better books on this topic."
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    Popcorn is a humorous contemporary fiction novel written by Ben Elton. This book is about a filmmaker Bruse and a killer Wayne. It is first published in 1996 and won The Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction. 


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    Amy Douglas
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "One of the best books about killers is Popcorn by Ben Elton. It won the Macallan Gold Dagger award for fiction and has 3 1/2 stars on Amazon. It is a great contemporary fiction read and follows the journey of filmmaker Bruse and a killer named Wayne. You can find out more or purchase the book on Amazon."
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    #27The Zodiac Killer

    The Zodiac Killer

    The Zodiac Killer: Terror and Mystery is a true crime non-fiction book written by Brenda Haugen. It is first published in 2010 by Compass Point Books. 


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    Ronald Reyes
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a book about one of the best known serial killers in history, the Zodiac Killer. This is also one of many books on the subject, so I might prefer to see something a bit more unexpected or varied, maybe even covering multiple killers throughout history. The reviews for this particular book ar fairly good, but there are very few of them, leading me to believe that there may be more popular books on this topic."


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