What are the best books about psychopaths ?

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    #1The Sociopath Next Door

    The Sociopath Next Door

    The Sociopath Next Door is a book about sociopaths written by Harvard psychologist Martha Stout first published in 2005. It contains some of her patients' stories and how to spot sociopaths according to her experience. 

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    Jose Newman
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "i think this fits topic well"
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    #2The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry is a psychological book written by writer and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson published in 2011 by Riverhead Books. 

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    Jeffrey Morales
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Heads up! When you read this book, you won't be able to see the world the same again! It's actually a little depressing in an "ignorance is bliss" sort of way. I promise you, once you know what to look for, the first thing you'll start doing is looking at your family members, colleagues, and friends with an eye that you never saw them with before. If you're okay with that, then this is a must read. On the other hand, sometimes ignorance IS bliss! "
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    #3Without Conscience

    Without Conscience
    Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us is a psychological book written by Dr. Robert D. Hare first published in 1993.  This book contains his research on psychopaths.
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    Cynthia Bishop
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Dr. Robert D. Hare has written Without Conscience as an indepth look into the world of con artists, hustlers, rapists and other predators who manipulate their way through life. This is a chilling account full of information of what it's like to be a psychopath."
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    #4Confessions of a Sociopath

    Confessions of a Sociopath

    Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight is a memoir written by M.E. Thomas published in 2013. This book contains her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath. 

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    Cynthia Martinez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Another example of how conceited psychopaths are. None stop dribble about how great she is and how rare her type really is in the world. Garbage in the first degree."
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    #5The Wisdom of Psychopaths

    The Wisdom of Psychopaths

    The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success is a non-fiction book written by psychologist Kevin Dutton first published in 2012. 

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    Emma Barnes
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This looks like it may be a good educational read, possibly a supplemental to a text book in a psychology class depending on the authors credentials."
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    #6The Psychopath Whisperer

    The Psychopath Whisperer
    The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience is a psychological book written by Dr. Kent Kiehl. This research book is about how a psychopath's mind works. 
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    Jason Richards
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "A fascinating book, and pleasantly upbeat given its subject matter. It's fun to read about Kiehl's brilliant career, and his insights are fascinating. For anybody interested in why some people have no conscience and go through life stepping on those all around them, this book explains why. A very interesting read that is both educational and enlightening. "
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    #7Snakes in Suits

    Snakes in Suits

    Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work is a psychological book written by Dr. Paul Babiak and Dr. Robert D. Hare first published in 2006. This book contains research studies on how to defend yourself from psychopaths. 

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    Ryan Barnes
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I feel this is a relevant solution as it touches on the main problem here which is books about psychopaths. Although I would not give it a perfect score because it narrows it down to people solely at work which is not what the problem is looking at. "
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    #8Psychopath Free

    Psychopath Free

    Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People is a recovery handbook from psychopaths written by Jackson MacKenzie published in 2013. 

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    Emma Hou
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This book would help men and women that have been in an abusive relationship to understand what were going through their mates mind and how to deal with it on a daily basis. A lot of times we just assumed that they are crazy when in fact, they have an illness. I feel once you learn the aspect of the illness, then as a mate (a concerned one) will be able to understand and get some help for everyone involved in the relationship."
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    #9Puzzling People

    Puzzling People

    Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath is a scientific research book about psychopaths. The book is written by Thomas Sheridan published in 2011 by Velluminous Press. 

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    Samuel Hawkins
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "It looks like an interesting read and goes into some detail about psychopaths. If the reader is looking for a book about popular examples of people with this condition it may not be what they want."
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    #10Murderous Minds

    Murderous Minds

    Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain is a research book written by Dean Haycock first published in 2014. This psychological book contains real-life studies of psychopaths.

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    William Stone
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "After buying and reading this book this is hands down one of the best books that takes an inner look into a psychopath. This really enlightened me on just why people end up like this and what it is like in the mind of a psychopath."
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    #11The 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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    Amber Andrews
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Absolutely one of the best books about Ted Bundy's life and crimes. Ann Rule, who knew him personally, is the best true crime writer of the 20th century. She covers Bundy's entire life and details of his horrible crimes, including all the nitty-gritty parts of the courtroom hearings. Not only that, but she includes photographs. Excellent choice to read for those fascinated by true crime."
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    #12The Night Stalker

    The Night Stalker

    The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo is a true-crime novel published in 1996. This book entails the heinous and murderous crimes of Richard Ramirez within three years of killing spree and his controversial death row trial. 

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    Celia Medina
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you want to know what the life of a psychopath is like, this is the book to go. The plot is just gruesome and captivating, and the characters are born into a dysfunctional life. I reread this book multiple times, and every time I read it again, it gets even better!"
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    #13Deviant

    Deviant

    Deviant by Harold Schechter is a biographical true-crime novel originally published in 1989. This book follows the shocking true story of notorious, psychotic killer Ed Gein. 

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    Howard Gibson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "looks really good but not the best"
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    #14Killer Clown

    Killer Clown

    Killer Clown by Terry Sullivan with Peter T. Maiken is a true-crime novel published in 1983. This book follows the horrifying murderer John Wayne Gacy who works as a clown for parties, charities, and events to entertain and murder kids.

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    John Pierce
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "A chilling account of what happens when man acts upon his obsessions and desires versus just having fantasies. It shows what lack of self control and perversion such "likable" people possess, and what lurks in real shadows in broad daylight right in front of all of us..."
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    #15The 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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    Amanda Alvarado
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "LOVE Ann Rule! I had already watched a couple of crime documentaries and made-for-t.v. movies about the I-5 killer, but really enjoyed ready the book. You always seem to learn more when a story is written rather than on film. Really good read! "
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    #16Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky is an in-depth examination of some of the most controversial murders in the history of mankind. This true-crime novel was first published in 2004.

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    Julia Flores
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of serial killer genre of televison shows. I have now decided to delve into the world of psychopatic non-fiction. I started with this book and it was a fantastic choice. It was exceptionally informative, research based and included superbly choosen examples. It's an easy to read format that is split into three sections. All the sections are thorough and interesting. If you're looking for a book on serial killers, this is it."
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    #17The Search for the Green River Killer

    The Search for the Green River Killer

    The Search for the Green River Killer by Carlton Smith is a biographical true-crime novel first published in 1991. This book tells the story of Gary Ridgway who confessed to a crime of killing 49 women between 1982–1998.

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    Ann Smith
    Written on April 4, 2018
    " The Search for the Green River Killer is the best book ever is contain biographical true-crime and tells the story of Gary Ridgway who confessed to a crime of killing 49 women between 1982–1998."
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    #18The 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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    Megan West
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book gives a pretty good overview of most of the famous serial killers, such as Ed Gein and Ted Bundy. There are some great details on the psychological factors going on with these killers and the author keeps the story fresh with information that isn't spouted over and over again."
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    #19Profiled (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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    Arthur Andrews
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is a two book series that have both gotten good reviews. It documents on a true crime, and gives insight about psychopaths. It analyzes evidence and brings the reader on a journey to uncover the killer."
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    #20Remembering Selena

    Remembering Selena
    Remembering Selena: A Tribute In Pictures & Words is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Similice Novas and Rosemary Silva. It was published August 15, 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin.
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    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Remembering Selena is a book about the singer who was tragically killed. However, I would not say that it is a book about psychopaths for this reason. I am rating it low for that reason, otherwise this was a great book detailing the life of Selena."
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    #21Breaking Point (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

    Breaking Point (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
    Breaking Point (St. Martin's True Crime Library) is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Suzy Spencer. It was published February 18, 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks.
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    Joan Fuller
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book goes into detail of murderer Susan Smith and why or theories of why she killed her children. Post par tum depression is less a mystery than it was 15 years ago, more and more mothers experience a very low time after child birth and subsequent raising children in succession versus a few years apart in age."
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    #22Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates

    Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates

    Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Suzanne O'Malley. It was published May 24, 2005 by Pocket Star.

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book can be creepy and scary to read, however I found it interesting, and I often lost track of time, because I really had to know what was going to happen next. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys books or learning about the lives of a psychopath."
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    #23Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters

    Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters

    Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Kathryn Casey. It was published April 24, 2007 by Harper.

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    Henry Jenkins
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The book has a very tragic story that involves murder. It is an engaging book that made me sit for hour reading it. It is very disturbing and emotional and this is what makes it interesting to read. The characters are well brought out and the book is worth buying and reading it."
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    #24Blood and Money

    Blood and Money
    Blood and Money is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Thomas Thompson. It was published September 9, 2001 by Running Press.
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    Rose Simmons
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I found this to be a fascinating book. It is a True Crime book and I don't usually read that genre. However, this book was like a mystery and I read those. It provided insights into psychopaths."
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    #25Shattered

    Shattered

    Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Kathryn Casey.

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    Jane Garza
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This story is incredible, i was so shocked while reading it, the author is just amazing, she knows how to explain in details everything. One of the best, highly recommend this book. Good reviews and the price is good. "
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    #26Triangle (True Crime)

    Triangle (True Crime)

    Triangle (True Crime) is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Irene Pence. It was published December 1, 1997 by Pinnacle. It follows the tragic story of Warren Miles Bondurant.

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    Peter Cole
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "a sad but fascinating read"
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    #27Open Secrets: A True Story of Love, Jealousy, and Murder

    Open Secrets: A True Story of Love, Jealousy, and Murder

    Open Secrets: A True Story of Love, Jealousy, and Murder is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Carlton Stowers. It was published December 2, 2008 by St. Martin's True Crime.

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    Frank Chavez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My favorite is stuff that is based on true events! Makes it more interesting."
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    #28This 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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    Joan Scott
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I have always wondered what makes psychopaths do the things they do. This book offered insight into the Zodiak, and I found it very interesting."
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    #29Hunted (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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    Billy Bowman
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A true crime must! Written like by someone with a knack for storytelling and the investigator's eye for details. Amazing amount of research went into this and luckily for us true crime buffs, it's only the first."
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    #30The 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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    Matthew Castillo
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Zodiac Killer is far from the best books about psychopaths I've read. The story is everywhere so it's hard to follow. "
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    #31Adam

    Adam

    Rendered famous for his anti-religion stance, FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has a near-death experience when a mysterious serial killer attempts to murder him, an event that forces Daniel to re-create his death and challenge his belief system in order to identify his would-be killer.

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    Martha Meyer
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book reminds me of The Exorcist. It's a really dark read that makes you want to sleep (If you CAN sleep) with the lights on. It's one of those that you just don't want to put down-it's that riveting! But-for as horrifying that it can be about how evil people can be, this shows you about hope too. For all of the dark-there is light. Amazon has it for a great price for a hardback."
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    #32The 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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    Aditya Nair
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I always love a good conspiracy theory, whether I think it'st rue or not (and I rarely do.) So the idea that a cabal of law-enforcers hid the identity of the Zodiac Killer sounded great! Unfortunately, this is just absurd. It breathlessly strings together terrible "discoveries" and specious logic, often using emotional appeals or inopportune rants to cover for lacking evidence. This is just boring."
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    #33Whatever 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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    Amy Willis
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a very good book about the Zodiac Killer. You really want to keep reading to see what happens next. It is a very fascinating book."
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    #34Deeper Than The Dead (Oak Knoll)

    Deeper Than The Dead (Oak Knoll)

    Deeper Than The Dead is a mystery thriller suspense fiction novel written by Tami Hoag as the first book in the Oak Knoll series. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Orion.

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    Keith Smith
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is the first in a series by Tami Hoag about FBI profiler Vince Leone and treads deep into serial killer territory. The characters are well developed, realistic, law enforcement officers that are involved in a fantastic plot twist. The book offers plenty of action and does a good job of detailing the grisly scenes from thirty years ago."
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    #35The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Mark Pryor. It was published October 9, 2012 by Seventh Street Books.

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    Larry Simpson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is entertaining, but not particularly great. If you can pick it up from the library, do so, because I think it's good to read through once, but I don't think I'll read it again."
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    #36Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders

    Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders
    Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Ken Driggs. It was published August 15, 2000 by Signature Books.
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    Larry Russell
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I love real crime stories, and I had never heard of these murders before. Very good book if you're into this type of thing."

Summary

Best What are the best books about psychopaths
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Sociopath Next DoorBooks 66 Paid
2The Psychopath TestBooks 63 Paid
3Without ConscienceBooks 55 Paid
4Confessions of a SociopathBooks 55 Paid
5The Wisdom of PsychopathsBooks 53 Paid
6The Psychopath WhispererBooks 51 Paid
7Snakes in SuitsBooks 47 Paid
8Psychopath Free Books 45 Paid
9Puzzling PeopleBooks 42 Paid
10Murderous MindsBooks 41 Paid
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