What are the best true crime books?

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    #1Listen Carefully

    Listen Carefully

    Listen Carefully: Truth and Evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey Case by the True Crime Detectives Guild is a true crime mystery novel originally published in December 2016. This book explores the "truth" behind the death of a rising child star.

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    Lilia Velasco
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is an interesting and good true crime book because it is written from an outsiders perspective. Some might think that is not as advantageous, but it means the author has to work harder learning about the case from public record. If you're interested in the Ramsey case, this is an important book to add to your knowledge and understanding. "
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    #2Son of Sam

    Son of Sam

    Son of Sam is a historical fiction written by Jimmy Breslin and Dick Schaap. It was originally published in 1978. It is a dramatized retelling of the after-effects of David Berkowitz' killing spree in New York from 1976 to 1977.

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    Henry Young
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "These murders have been well-politicized both in book and movie form, but probably not as poor as they appear here. I have to give the book some credit as the murders are described in grisly and accurate detail, but the book too often becomes a victim of thinking it's the next great american novel and meandering focus. Just can't recommend over a library of other better books about the topic."
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    #3Missoula

    Missoula

    Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town is a non-fiction true crime documentary book written by Jon Krakauer. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2015 by Doublesday.

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    Rachel Carr
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I liked that this book didn't just talk about what happen in Missoula but many reasons why this was happening. The author included so much detail about the incidents that at time I did get a little upset but I still felt that it was both an important book and one that should be shared."
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    #4Breaking 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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    Frances Walters
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Breaking Point is a true story of a woman who shocked the city. Everyone woke up one morning to the news that a young mother had murdered her children. All of them ranging from six months to seven years. It was thought that she had a mental breakdown from perhaps her psych medications. She called 911 saying that she had killed her children and wanted to know why."
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    #5The 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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    Joshua Watkins
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This filled me in on a lot of different serial killers. Big ones like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer were some of the highlights this gave me. I absolute loved the input and information this gave me. It was very heavy with a lot of true story crimes."
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    #6The Complete Jack the Ripper

    The Complete Jack the Ripper

    The Complete Jack the Ripper is a historical true crime non-fiction book by Donald Rumbelow. This mystery novel is first published in 1975. 

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    Cynthia Patterson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "As a long time fan of jack the ripper and a lover of nonfiction books this was a no brainer. This book will give you a glimpse into his life like no other I have found. The author also has the talent to keep you completely hooked."
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    #7Are 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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    Sharon Carroll
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates is the best true crime books"
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    #8Murder of a Medici Princess

    Murder of a Medici Princess
    Murder of a Medici Princess by Caroline P. Murphy is a biographical novel originally published in March 2008. This book tells the tragic death of Isabelle de Medici - a Princess killed during the Renaissance period in Italy.
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    Tyler Delgado
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Caroline P. Murphy gives us a glimpse into the fascinating world of the ladies of the Italian Renaissance in the book Murder of a Medici Princess. The title sets the foreboding tone and Murphy details plenty of death as well as plenty of details about daily life in the heyday of Renaissance Florence. The book also contains black and white drawings taken from the time of Medici that help the reader form a mental picture of life in that time."
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    #9If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer

    If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer

    If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer is a biographical and true crime novel written by O.J. Simpson, Pablo Fenjves, and Dominick Dunne. This book was originally published in September 2007 Beaufort Books.

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    Frank Armstrong
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There are a lot of things to say about this book. I bought it because of the infamy surrounding the situation. If you already think he did it, this book will confirm your beliefs. If you don't think he did it, this book might change how you think about the case."
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    #10Die, 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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    Philip Jacobs
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "As a fan of the crime genre in all sorts of media, I am always looking for a book that makes sense. Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters was just that. This was taken from an actual crime that was committed and detailed the effects of the murders. I loved every page!"
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    #11Bloodletters and Badmen

    Bloodletters and Badmen

    Bloodletters and Badmen is a non-fiction book written by Jay Robert Nash, first published in 1973. This true crime book is a comprehensive account of American criminals, with details about their lives and crimes.

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    Ai Gong
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Bloodletters and Badmen is a thorough and detailed crime story. This is well researched and the narrative is interesting considering the accounts of crime in the US. "
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    #12Blood 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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    Anna Pena
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you like true crime, you'll love this one. It's very suspenseful and I found myself staying up late to keep reading and find out what was going to happen."
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    #13In Contempt

    In Contempt
    In Contempt
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    Harry Moore
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Though this is a true crime book, it is about the OJ Simpson trial. If that is your thing, this is a wonderful and thorough account and a great book on race relations as well. But, if have OJ fatigue, look elsewhere for true crime."
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    #14Shattered

    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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    Eugene Bell
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The story inside the covers of this book is real, brutal, sometimes hard to read but also hard to put down. Far and above the best true crime book I have ever come across. If you're a fan of true crime books this is one you HAVE to read."
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    #15The Private Diary of an O.J. Juror

    The Private Diary of an O.J. Juror

    The Private Diary of an O.J. Juror: Behind the Scenes of the Trial of the Century is a biographical novel written by Michael Knox. This book was originally published in 1995 by the Dove Mass Markets.

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    Kathryn Edwards
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Michael Knox was “Juror 620,” and was removed from the jury on March 1, 1995 after two months of sequestration, for not having revealed on his juror questionnaire that he had once been charged with kidnapping. He recalls sitting at home and watching TV after being removed from the jury, and watching another former juror [Jeanette Harris] being interviewed: “‘she’s telling the world that there’s racial tension on the jury. And she’s calling the white deputies racists. What she’s trying to say is that O.J. won’t get a fair trial because the race thing is putting pressure on everybody…’ Then [the juror] dropped her next bombshell. She implied that despite Judge Ito’s orders, jurors were discussing the case…” (Pg. 14-15) But later, he stated, “Here’s a bombshell revelation … Jeanette Harris flat-out LIED when she said the jury discussed the trial! I never heard any juror---Jeanette included---say one word about testimony or about O.J. himself. Judge Ito had warned over and over that we must NEVER discuss the trial. No one ever broke that rule, to my knowledge.” (Pg. 184-185)"
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    #16The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers is a non-fiction true crime book written by Peter Maas first published in 1968. This book contains the confessions of Joe Valachi about the mob in America. 

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    Raymond Harvey
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The Valachi Papers is easily one of the best true crime books I've read in recent times. It was published in 1968 so I'm amazed I haven't read it before. If you're interested in the history of the mob in America and the confessions of Joe Valachi, you should read this."
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    #17Triptych

    Triptych

    Triptych is a book by Karin Slaughter that tells the story of a murderer who flew across the world of rich and the poor. He is on the run and one of the people chasing him is Michael. As he becomes closer to the killer, the story gets complicated. 

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    Beverly Rios
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I would highly recommend this true crime book. It is well written, and part of a series of books. I am looking forward to reading other books from the series as well."
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    #18Triangle (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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    Pari Rangan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is definitely not the author's best work. Although somewhat entertaining, the quality of the writing is not up to the author's usual standard."
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    #19Open 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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    Samuel Flores
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Decent crime/mystery book surrounded by a love story. Despite my lack of interest in love stories the thriller aspect of this makes it worth a read."
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    #20Love You More

    Love You More

    Love You More is a book by Lisa Gardner about a trained policewoman named Tessa. Her husband died and she claimed to have shot him in the head, but veteran detective Warren will not believe her.

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    Andrew Ortega
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This book changed my life. A literal page turner every step of the way."
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    #21The 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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    Jeremy Willis
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I was honestly a bit disappointed by this. I had high hopes as i love the ice man, but this fell completely flat imho. It may be worth the cost if you're a die hard fan, but if you're more a fan of a decent plot, it may be worth it to skip this title."
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    #22Do or Die

    Do or Die

    Do or Die is a true crime non-fiction book written by Leon Bing. It contains insider account of gangs and published in 1992 by Harper Perennial. 

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    George Carlson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "An American gang classic is the the rivalry between the Crips and the Bloods. Perennial lays out the story of urban American and how the rough beginnings of their teens. The Crips and the Bloods thrived on getting young teens to join and they did it very successfully. For someone looking to read about true crime that is still very relevant, Do or Die is a great read."
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    #23The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson

    The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson

    The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson is a nonfiction and true crime novel written by Jeffrey Toobin. This book was originally published in September 1996 by the Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Ankita Chauhan
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book fits into this category. It has a lot of details about the crime scenes to politics. It is written by a great staff writer and senior legal analyst."
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    #24A Faint Cold Fear (Grant Country Series)

    A Faint Cold Fear (Grant Country Series)

    A Faint Cold Fear is a book by Karen Slaughter that tells the story of Sara. She is a medical examiner who examined the horrible body of a corpse. She will be stalked because of this and her life will be at stake. 

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    Irene Macías
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "A Faint Cold Fear is hardly one of the best true crime books I've read. It's a compelling story and certainly disturbing, but I never considered it a great book."
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    #25Zodiac 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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    Jack Cole
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "One of my favorite crime stories growing up was the story of the Zodiac Killer. I always wanted to find out who really committed these crimes. When I found the book Zodiac Unmasked I knew that I had to get it. This book was a really interesting read for me."
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    #26Murder in Brentwood

    Murder in Brentwood

    Murder in Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman is a true crime book that was originally published in November 1997. This nonfiction novel tells the story of the cold, murder case that involved O.J. Simpson - a famous Football player at that time.

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    Jonathan Wong
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I have always been interested in OJ Simpson's story and more so, the opinions of others regarding whether or not he was truly guilty. I am not sure what to expect from this story and whether or not the writing will have any type of tone or implication regarding Simpson, but I am truly intrigued by this and would like to give it a read! "
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    #27Relentless Pursuit

    Relentless Pursuit
    Relentless Pursuit: Inside the Escape from Dannemora New York State's Largest Manhunt by Charles E. Guess is a true crime novel originally published in July 2017. This book follows the story of two runaway prison breakers.
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    Karen Sanchez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I can't get enough of true crime books and Relentless Pursuit does not disappoint. This book is very hard to put down and you want to keep reading all night. "
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    #28Deviant

    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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    Kevin Hudson
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "The best true crime book is Deviant by Harold Schecter. It is a biographical novel that follows the shocking true story of the psychotic killer Ed Gein."
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    #29The Lady in Gold

    The Lady in Gold

    The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Bloch-Bauer is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Anne-Marie O'Connor. It was published March 31, 2015 by Vintage.

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    Willie Brown
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I would say this isn't the best recommendation, as it isn't really about crime. It is more of a non-fiction biography book focused on history."
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    #30The Forger's Spell

    The Forger's Spell

    The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Edward Dolnick. It was published June 24, 2008 by Harper.

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    Vicky Duan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Want to learn more about the World War II and the art hoax that occurred during this periods. This non-fiction novel does this in such a unique where you forget this actually happened."
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    #31Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks)

    Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks)

    Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) is a fictional crime novel written by Jim Thompson. Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) was published in year 2003 by Orion. Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) revolves around a man named Nick Corey.

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    Roy Burke
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This story about a corrupt lawman in a small town who has few redeeming qualities. Personally, I just couldn't find much to like about this text or its character, and I don't think this is based on any true events at all. At least it was short."
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    #32Madam Foreman: A Rush to Judgement?

    Madam Foreman: A Rush to Judgement?

    Madam Foreman: A Rush to Judgement? is a true crime and nonfiction novel written by Armanda Cooley, Carrie Bess, Marsha Rubin-Jackson, and more. This book was originally published in 1995 by the Newstar Press.

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    Jorge Carmona
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is not recommended by most of its readers. Keep looking for other options."
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    #33Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman.

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    Jeffrey Graham
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Very cool book, it's written by a guy who used to be on the FBI's Art Crime Team. So if you're interested in true stories about how precious artwork and things like that were recovered from criminals, this is a perfect choice. Gripping writing."
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    #34Triumph of Justice: Closing the Book On the Simpson Saga

    Triumph of Justice: Closing the Book On the Simpson Saga
    Triumph of Justice: Closing the Book On the Simpson Saga is a biographical and true crime novel written by Daniel M. Petrocelli and Peter Knobler. This book was originally published in 1998 by the Graymalkin Media.
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    Christopher Foster
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you feel somehow possessed to revisit the first set of O.J. Simpson trials, I suppose this is as good a book as any as perhaps it will answer some nagging questions you might have. This, however, is not the trail that sent O. J. to prison so it's not really not even close to the "closing book on the Simpson saga". O. J. is out on parole now, and in some ways is best forgotten. Will true justice ever be served? Not likely."
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    #35The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece

    The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece

    In the predawn gloom of a February day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo. They snatched one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's The Scream, and fled with their $72 million trophy. The thieves made sure the world was watching: the Winter Olympics, in Lillehammer, began that same morning. Baffled and humiliated, the Norwegian police called on the world's greatest art detective, a half-English, half-American undercover cop named Charley Hill.

    In this rollicking narrative, Edward Dolnick takes us inside the art underworld. The trail leads high and low, and the cast ranges from titled aristocrats to thick-necked thugs. Lord Bath, resplendent in ponytail and velvet jacket, presides over a 9,000-acre estate. David Duddin, a 300-pound fence who once tried to sell a stolen Rembrandt, spins exuberant tales of his misdeeds. We meet Munch, too, a haunted misfit who spends his evenings drinking in the Black Piglet Café and his nights feverishly trying to capture in paint the visions in his head. The most compelling character of all is Charley Hill, an ex-soldier, a would-be priest, and a complicated mix of brilliance, foolhardiness, and charm. The hunt for The Scream will either cap his career and rescue one of the world's best-known paintings or end in a fiasco that will dog him forever.

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    Jacqueline Payne
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is so unexpected for true crime but I think it's a pleasant surprise. That side of crime is very fascinating. It will keep me entertained for days."
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    #36Evidence Dismissed

    Evidence Dismissed

    Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson is a nonfiction and true crime novel written by Tom Lange, Dan Moldea, and Philip Vannatter. This book was originally published in 1974 by the Pocket Books.

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    Juan Stone
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Evidence Dismissed is a fantastic Novel going over the trial of the century with OJ Simpsons case. It is thrilling and details all the details of the trial that was so controversial."
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    #37Art That Kills

    Art That Kills
    Art That Kills: A Panoramic Portrait of Aesthetic Terrorism 1984-2001 is an Art, Crime, Non-fiction book written by George Petros and Zeena Schreck. It was published January 15, 2008 by Creation Books.
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    Anthony Dunn
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #38Capone

    Capone
    Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone is a non-fiction true crime book written by John Kobler. It is first published in 1971. This biography is about Al Capone's gangster's life. 
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    Ananya Chopra
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "The stories of Capone and the gangster era never get tiring. This book gives insights into the mind of the man, and the times. This is a detailed biography of Al Capone and his time in Chicago."
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    #39The Triangle

    The Triangle
    The Triangle:  A Year on the Ground with New York's Bloods and Crips is a true crime memoir book written by Kevin Deutsch.  It is first published in 2014 by Lyons Press. 
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    Jacqueline Greene
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Excellent choice, read it myself. Wanted more options."
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    #40Killer 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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    Patrick Walker
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Killer Clown takes on the story of the murderer John Wayne Gacy that worked as a clown for parties, but would use this job to kill children. Eery and chilling, but a must read for those into crime books."
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    #41The Venus Fixers

    The Venus Fixers

    The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Ilaria Dagnini Brey.

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    Ye Wu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an OK crime story. But it really did not capture my attention as I read its plot."
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    #42Remembering 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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    Rodrigo Huerta
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Wow, what a great artist and what a great book about her death and the crime of passion behind it. Now all a blur it was so big back then, a true crime book indeed."
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    #43True Hollywood Noir

    True Hollywood Noir
    True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders is a non-fiction book written by Dina Di Mambro. It was first published in 2013, and it won the 2014 IPPY Bronze Medal Award. This true crime book talks about Old Hollywood mysteries.
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    Xiang Gong
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a highly rated non-fiction book about crime. It talks about mysteries as well. It fulfills all the criteria stated therefore it is a good solution to this question."
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    #44JonBenet Knows Evil Love

    JonBenet Knows Evil Love

    JonBenet Knows Evil Love by Richard Rubacher is a true crime novel orginally published in April 2000. This book focuses on JonBenet's parents - Jon and Patsy - and their relation to the death of their own daughter.

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    Heather Scott
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "It is the worst one I have ever read. I found it really boring. do not purchase it and save your money please."
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    #45Patsy Ramsey

    Patsy Ramsey
    Patsy Ramsey: What The Pilot's Wife Knew by Pam Archuleta is a true crime novel originally published in October 2015. This book discusses the link of Patsy Ramsey - mother of JonBenet - to the unsolved death of her daughter.
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    Ishan Chavan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Patsy Ramsey: What The Pilot's Wife Knew takes far too many liberties with the known facts to truly be considered a true crime book. Although a fascinating read about a true unsolved mystery, the author doesn't have enough respect for facts."
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    #46Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed

    Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed

    Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed is a non-fiction book written by Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelei Shannon. It was first published in 2012 by History Press.

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    Cynthia Thomas
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed, is the best true crime book ever. It's shocking to believe this went on in New Orleans' high society. The house this happened in still stands and it is so creepy! I loved this book immensely. "
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    #47The Gardner Heist

    The Gardner Heist

    The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Ulrich Boser. It was published February 24, 2009 by Smithsonian.

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    Sai Rodrigues
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I have done research on this heist and I believe this book covers it extensively. Minor details and writing style is what made me love this book so much. I can literally feel as if I was at the crime scene with the criminals. It was that enticing!"
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    #48Umbrella of Suspicion

    Umbrella of Suspicion

    Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating The Death of JonBenet Ramsey by John W. Taylor is a true crime nonfiction novel originally published in August 2012. This book attempts to decipher the mysterious and sudden death of a rising child star.

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    Jordan Alvarez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is written as if its a thesis and not a real book. I found it dull, but it did a nice job of going over the details of the case and the events surrounding the murders. I found the book redundant at times, but overall, it was an OK read if you have time to sit down with it. "
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    #49The Rape of the Nile

    The Rape of the Nile
    The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt, Revised and Updated is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Brian Fagan.
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    Steven Walters
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The scandalous rape of Ancient Egypt is a historical vignette of greed, vanity, and dedicated archaeological research. It is a tale vividly told by renowned archaeology author, Brian Fagan, with characters that include the ancient historian Herodotus; Theban tomb robbers; obelisk-stealing Romans; Coptic Christians determined to erase the heretical past; mummy traders; leisured antiquarians; major European museums; Giovanni Belzoni, a circus strongman who removed more antiquities than Napoleon's armies; shrewd consuls and ruthless pashas; and archaeologists such Sir Flinders Petrie "
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    #50The 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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    Sanvi Powar
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is one I could not put down. I read it cover to cover in one night!"
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    #51In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the story of a murder, and the investigation that leads to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. This book transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
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    Brenda Hunter
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this novel. I expected it to be very straightforward and boring with just facts, but it told a story. It really kept my interest. I was captivated by the way the author recounted what happened. I almost forgot that it was a true story. The descriptions were great, it made me feel like I was there and it was just all unfolding before me."
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    #52And the Sea Will Tell

    And the Sea Will Tell

    The mysterious founding of a human skull on a beach in a tiny atoll in the Pacific is the starting point for an extraordinary investigation full of puzzling true-crimes. A thrilling novel by Vincent Bugliosi after the best selling true-crime novel 'Helter Skelter". 

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    Christian Rogers
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "A good murder novel, though I'll admit to being more interested in the first half (the actual murder story) than the second half (the court-trial procedural). The overall conflict between the couples (one poor, one rich; one which survives the experience and one which... doesn't) is far more fascinating than legal minutia even without reaching the point of murder."
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    #53American Tragedy

    American Tragedy

    American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense is a nonfiction and true crime novel written by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth. This book was originally published in 1996 by Avon Books.

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    Sara Garza
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a pretty good book. It's true crime and has very good reviews. I like the fact that it's not about one of the more well known cases. I like reading about people that not many know about."
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    #54The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

    A crime that shocked Victorian England in 1860. The 3-years old Saville Kent was found on a privy with his throat sit. At the same time, the 'Detective' is an invention few years old and for the first time, Scotland Yard sends one of his detectives outside London. 

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    Judith Ross
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective is a great book to read if you enjoy true crime novels. this book keeps you on the edge of your seat and this is one that you cannot put down."
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    #55The Innocent Man

    The Innocent Man
    From the bestselling author, John Grisham comes an extraordinary legal thriller about the criminal system in the United States. A disturbing book about the unproven guilty and the death penalty.
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    Patricia Johnston
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "COOL STUDY"
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    #56The Cases That Haunt Us

    The Cases That Haunt Us
    From Jack the Ripper to The Zodiac Killer, America's principal experts on criminal profiling, give an exhaustive analysis to seven of the most notorious unsolved crimes in the history. A violent, provocative new view of historical crimes. 
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    Mark Taylor
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "I was wearying of this author but I gave this book a shot and was not disappointed. It starts off a bit slow but it picks up in the middle. The characters feel real for the most part. While I enjoyed the ending I probably won't buy the sequel. "
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    #57Green River, Running Red

    Green River, Running Red
    The deadliest serial killer of all times in America killed 49 women during two decades: The Green River Killer. In this bestseller novel by Ann Rule, who lived a few miles from where some of the corpses where found.


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    Nicholas Sanchez
    Written on February 22, 2018
    "Wife read this book, because she loves detective crime books in general. She loved this one and learned a lot."
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    #58The Monster of Florence

    The Monster of Florence
    In the 1970's a serial killer terrorized the historical Italian city. That killer was known as "The Monster of Florence". In this bestselling crime novel, the Italian journalist Mario Spezi and Douglas Preston investigated the nature of the crimes and the motivations of the killer.
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    Raymond Willis
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "True crime generally isn't my cup of tea, but I must say the setup for this book intrigued me. Throw in the incompetence and bungling of the Italian police, a beautiful location, and you have the makings of quite a story."
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    #59Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy: The True Stroy of Hollywood's Most Sensational Murder is a non-fiction book written by Andy Edmonds. It recounts the events surrounding American actress Thelma Todd's death in 1935.

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    Heather Hall
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "One of the best and interesting books i have read in a long time. The stories inside are just catchy and people like this. I recommend this book, the author knows how to write a good book. "
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    #60Under The Banner of Heaven

    Under The Banner of Heaven

    This bestseller book by Jon Krakauer is a lucid and even funny book that is a fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism and the history of Ron and Dan Lafferty, who were convinced that they were commanded to kill in the name of God. 

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    Dhruv Rangan
    Written on February 10, 2018
    "The description for this book is very fitting and you will truly enjoy this read. The fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism can even be a bit funny at times. It is a must for lovers of the true crime genre."
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    #61Mind Hunter

    Mind Hunter
    This is the classic novel by the legendary Mindhunter FBI specialist John E. Douglas explaining his twenty-five-year career and how he used profiling techniques to catch some of the most notorious serial killers in America.
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    Betty Mason
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "I love crime novels and Mind Hunter definitely delivers. I'm sure it's a soon to be classic."
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    #62Killing Mr. Watson

    Killing Mr. Watson

    Killing Mr. Watson is a crime novel written by Peter Matthiessen. It is based on the actual death of a man in Florida in 1910, a man who terrorized the community and might have had a criminal past.

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    Wayne Rice
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I thought this book was pretty good. Not a literary masterpiece but I enjoyed it. It had some good plot twists and was entertaining throughout. "
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    #63The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey

    The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey

    The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey by Johnny Kerns is a true crime nonfiction novel originally published in October 2016. Kerns unravels in this book the brutal assault to JonBenet Ramsey 20 years after her death.

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    Heather Simmons
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The obsession with JonBenet Ramsey has never been a fave true crime for me, so it's not one I've focused on much. Possibly because of that, I don't consider The Coldest Case to be worth the time it takes to read it. Don't think it adds anything new to the conversation, though maybe it's good for those who don't remember this playing out at the time."
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    #64A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenet's Killer

    A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenet's Killer

    A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenet's Killer by Andrew G. Hodges is a true crime nonfiction novel originally published in 1998. In this book, Hodges explains where and how JonBenet died and the identity of the killer.

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    Eugene Phillips
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I remember seeing the story about JonBenet when I was a kid, but didn't really understand it. As time went on I took an interested in detective/crime books. I finally got around to this one and I'm stunned at everything this book as to offer. What a messed up situation this all was, I didn't understand the gravity of it as a kid. This is a great book if you're into true crime stories."
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    #65Provenance

    Provenance
    Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art is an Art, Biography, History, Non-fiction book written by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.
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    Austin Long
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A highly interesting account of the world of art forgery and the way in which the art world has been changed and shaped by scoundrels and criminals. Art collector's and historians might find themselves taken aback and a bit disturbed by some of the implications within this tale of crime and deception."
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    #66Murder Rap

    Murder Rap

    Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases is a true crime biography book written by Greg Kading. 

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    Diane Powell
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Man, looking at the cover I was not interested in it at all. However reading a bit more and other reviews it looks a lot more interesting."
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    #67Columbine

    Columbine

    April 20th, 1999 two boys left an incredible stamp on the psyche of America. This two boys only had one goal in their heads leave "a lasting impression on the world". This novel by David Cullen explores the causes of the brutality of the Columbine crime.

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    Phillip Powell
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "This novel by Cullen goes over the tragedy that was one of the deadliest shootings in history. This novel takes you into the crimes and tries to understand why."
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    #68The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

    The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

    The Cuckoo's Egg is a true crime story, involving computer espionage. It retells the one-man hunt Cliff Stoll launched against "Hunter," the hacker who managed to steal sensitive U.S. security and military information.

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    Thomas Tran
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Fun little read. Interesting characters, good plot, really has an air of mystery to it. And my favorite part about it - the computer talk actually makes sense instead of just being empty jargon like it usually is in works like this. I liked it."
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    #69A Hell of a Woman

    A Hell of a Woman

    A Hell of a Woman is a fictional crime novel written by Jim Thompson. A Hell of a Woman was published on August 5, 2014 by Mulholland books. A Hell of a Woman revolves around Frank "Dolly" Dillion.

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    Debra Fernandez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The best crime story I have read in a long time! Murder and mayhem what more do you need? This is a pretty short read, and be great for an afternoon lazing at the beach or pool!"
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    #70The Death of Innocence

    The Death of Innocence

    The Death of Innocence: JonBenét's Parents Tell Their Story by John and Patsy Ramsey is a biographical true crime novel published in 2001. In this book, JonBenet's parents answer to the alleged accusations against them.

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    Vivaan Bose
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "reviews are okay, if you are into jonbenet you might like it"
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    #71Homicide

    Homicide

    Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets is a true crime non-fiction book written by David Simon. This historical book is first published in 1991. 

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    Linda Hopkins
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is such a interesting book. It kept me wanting more. It is a true story from a reporters eyes that was given access to a homicide unit in Baltimore. I liked that it showed the real views of following a police force and seeing what they have to deal with on a daily basis. How the lives of the officers are the same as everyone else and how they work to bring the criminals to justice. I think it is one of the best books on Real Life Crimefighting that I have ever read. "
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    #72The 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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    Heather Rose
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Wow! Ted Bundy life unfolds in the pages by Ann Rule. It was exhilarating to read."
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    #73Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder

    Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder

    Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder is a true crime book written by John Gilmore, first published in 1994. It tells the story of Elizabeth Short and the mystery of her unsolved murder in 1947.

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    Alan Garcia
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This was an okay read that would interest anyone interested in true crime, but I didn't think it was great or anything. There were just so many details left out and at times it felt like I was reading a piece of fiction more than accounts of a real event. I guess that's to be expected given the circumstances, but I didn't enjoy it that much."
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    #74Don't Call Us Molls

    Don't Call Us Molls

    Don't Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang is non-fiction book written by Ellen Poulsen first published in 2002 by Clinton Cook Publishing Corp. 

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    Lauren Tran
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Don't Call Us Molls is an amazing true crime book! It is very clearly written and easy to put yourself in their shoes."
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    #75Hoover Crips

    Hoover Crips

    Hoover Crips: When Cripin' Becomes a Way of Life is a true crime non-fiction book written by Steven R. Cureton. It is first published in 2008 by Upa. 

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    Pamela Nelson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book looks like it would be really good and it is in the genre that I am looking for. Overall I think this fits the bill and the solution is top of the line."
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    #76Serial 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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    Jordan Gonzalez
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "If you like books about serial killers then this is practically a must to read! It's really well written, and has a lot of great data too."
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    #77The Santa Claus Bank Robbery

    The Santa Claus Bank Robbery
    The Santa Claus Bank Robbery is a reality-based mystery book written by A.C. Greene.  It is first published in 1972 by University of North Texas Press. 
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    Sherry Zhu
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I don't know if the title is believable as a true crime. The fact that it has Santa Claus in its title. It seems more of a comedy than crime."
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    #78The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme)

    The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme)

    The Twelfth Card is the sixth crime-thriller novel from the Lincoln Rhyme Series by the bestselling mystery novelist, Jeffery Deaver. The novel was published on June 7th, 2005 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Vincent Gonzalez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "not a true crime book since its a novel"
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    #79The Onion Field

    The Onion Field

    The Onion Field is a non-fiction true crime book written by Joseph Wambaugh, first published in 1973. Set in the early 60s, it tells the story of two cops who were kidnapped and taken to an onion field by a couple of robbers.

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    Alexander Hicks
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "True crime is my passion. TV shows, books, true crime everything. The Onion Field doesn't disappoint. It's a great true crime book that will leave you mesmerized."
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    #80The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme)

    The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme)

    The Empty Chair is the third crime-thriller novel from the Lincoln Rhyme Series by the bestselling mystery novelist, Jeffery Deaver. It was published on May 9th, 2000 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Joan Hoffman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Unfortunately, though it isn't a true crime novel, Jeffery Deaver does create a crime novel that catches your attention right from the first few pages! This is the third novel in his Lincoln Rhyme series, which focuses on the criminologist of the same name. The plot twists keep coming throughout the book, even up to the last few pages! Definitely a great crime novel!"
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    #81The 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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    Michael Sandoval
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "So much information that I had never heard before is contained in this book. Extremely well written by a great author."
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    #82Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

    Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
    Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town is a True Crime, History, Mystery, Nonfiction written by Nate Blakeslee. It was published September 12, 2006 by PublicAffairs.
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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "real life injustice that will make you think, well written book"
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    #83Evil 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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    Peter Delgado
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "One of my favorite book category is true crime book and I can say I have a read a lot of books in this genre. Evil Among Us is a decent book and you will love reading it but there are many must read true crime books out there. I do not want to spoil anything about the book by mentioning the topic but you should definitely read it."
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