15 New True Crime Books That Read Like Fiction - The BookBub BlogGoodbye, sleep. We start the book knowing exactly who did the crime. But the questions of why the killer did it, confessed, changed his confession, and pleaded guilty take fish-out-of-water journalist John Safran on a madcap journey through the Deep South that's filled with eccentric characters, witty observations, and disturbing conclusions. Funny and gripping and wonderfully weird. While Australian Rules Football may be a foreign concept outside Australia, the rape culture that permeates the sport is all too familiar. Anna Krien focuses on an infamous case of sexual assault in which well-known players were let off the hook, and broadens out from there to give an unflinching, shocking account of the dark side of sport. A rare non-fiction effort from John Grisham, concerning a man wrongfully convicted of a rape and murder who spent 11 years on Death Row.
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For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but they provide context and depth to the crimes they study. In these excellent books we see how all lives—from the perpetrators and the investigators, to the victims and their families—are profoundly changed by the destruction detailed within.
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For the most devoted fans of the genre, one of the best resources for information are true crime books. Sure, we can give you the most fascinating scoop on Gacy and Dahmer —but sometimes you're just itching to know even more. From the classic that started it all—Truman Capote's In Cold Blood —to the Manson murders classic and Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City , each one provides an in-depth account of a case that will never stop haunting you. The true crime book that started it all tells the terrifying story of the murders of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas. The Edgar Award-winning book tells the story of Joan Robinson Hill, the beautiful socialite who mysteriously fell ill and died, and how her death was really a murder. John Norman Collins, an all-American fraternity boy at Eastern Michigan University, terrorized the college town of Ypsilanti in —slaying young women.
All week long, Vulture is exploring the many ways true crime has become one of the most dominant genres in popular culture. Koerner meticulously re-creates their crime and brings a whole lost era — a gonzo inflection point in history — to life. Killer on the Road , Ginger Strand With scrupulous research and biting wit, Strand tells the grand American story of the creation of our national interstate system — and the killers who quickly claimed the highways as their killing field. This is a finely balanced work of social history and true crime that will make you rethink civil engineering, road trips, and the idea of ever pulling over on the freeway to fix a flat tire. A mix of crime story, memoir, and family history, the book is a search for answers about love, family, and the legacy of violence. Mikal Gilmore is unsparing in his depiction of his troubled family: the frontier Mormonism that shaped them, the poverty and addiction that plagued them for generations, and the federal systems that failed them repeatedly.
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It seems like everyone is obsessing over all things true crime lately — from binging Making a Murderer on Netflix, to tuning in to the latest S-Town podcast. But true crime has long found a home in novels, where at times reality can seem stranger than fiction. James St. James brings you into the heyday of the New York City club scene marked by drugs, sex, music and mayhem that fueled an environment where nothing was too outrageous — not even murder. Available on Amazon. In , four members of the Clutter family, who owned a farm in Kansas, were shot to death in their home. In Cold Blood weaves together the stories of the murderers and the investigators hunting them with interviews with those who knew the victims and the killers.