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We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation

by Justine van der Leun

A gripping investigation in the vein of the podcast Serial—a summer nonfiction pick by Entertainment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal

Justine van der Leun reopens the murder of a young American woman in...


The Devil Man

by Edgar Wallace

Edgar Wallace's 1931 novel "The Devil Man" is the mysterious and thrilling story of Charles Pearce, an small, unnerving, musician, gifted but terribly boastful. Woman can't resist him, but they don't know the...


I Have Life: Alison's Journey as told to Marianne Thamm

by Marianne Thamm

Like an apparition, conjured out of the darkness, a young man with light blond hair pushed his face into the car. I immediately spotted the knife. It was a long, thin weapon, almost like a letter opener, with...


Murder in Auburn

by Gary Winstead

When diminutive rodeo cowboy Trell Johnson is killed trying to protect a girl from her attacker, the authorities in Auburn try for a quick fix to prevent bad publicity for the rodeo competition.  His friends...


Summary of The Devil in the White City: by Erik Larson | Includes Analysis

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Summary of The Devil in the White City: by Erik Larson | Includes Analysis

 

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The Devil in the White City is a book by Erik Larson that takes a close look at The World’s Columbian Exposition, the...


Summary of Mr. Mercedes: by Stephen King | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King | Includes Analysis

 

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Down-on-his-luck, Augie Odenkirk helps homeless Janice Cray care for her baby as they wait in the early morning fog for...


Morgue

by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell

In this clear-eyed, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Dr. Vincent DiMaio and veteran crime writer Ron Franscell guide us behind the morgue doors to tell a fascinating life story through the cases that have...


Summary of A Spy Among Friends: by Ben Macintyre | Summary & Analysis

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A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre - A 30- minute Instaread Summary

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The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation

by Dennis L. Breo, William J. Martin & Bill Kunkle

The story behind the attack that shocked a nation and opened a new chapter in the history of American crime.

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through several student nurses’ townhouse like a...


The 100 Kilo Case: The True Story of an Irish Ex-NYPD Detective Protected by the Mafia, and one of the Most Infamous Drug Busts in New York City

by James Durney

Peter Daly was nineteen when he left Donegal, bound for America. Nine years later, in 1961, following a stint with the US Army, he joined the New York Police Department.

His beat was the Lower East Side of Manhattan...


Sex Crimes: Then and Now: My Years on the Front Lines Prosecuting Rapists and Confronting Their Collaborators

by Alice Vachss

In an even better than the original spellbinding sequel, Sex Crimes Now finds Alice Vachss returning to prosecution–this time in a remote rural county. Still the same, she insists to a jury: "I don’t have...


11:05 Murders

by Brian O'Hare

Three people are murdered on separate Tuesday evenings at precisely 11.05. Random clues point to random suspects, but too many questions remain unanswered. Why 11.05pm for each killing? Is there any connection...


Sketches of Murder: An Eye-Opening Experience

by Arnold Hannon

Sketches of Murder revisits the murder scenes of some of Michigan's most gruesome murders torn from the headlines of the daily newspapers in Arnold Hannon's hometown of Detroit, Michigan, snippets of murder...


Unmasked!: The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

by Ann Patton

UNMASKED! The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan by Ann Patton tells the gripping tale of the roaring ‘20s KKK, its mesmerizing young leader David Curtis Stephenson, his rise to soaring power, and the brutal...


Lines and Shadows

by Joseph Wambaugh

Each night, thousands of immigrants stream north across the Mexican border towards San Diego, hoping to make a new life in the United States. Along the way, many find death instead. Bandit gangs roam the moonlit...


Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner's Fight for Justice

by Jean Trounstine

One boy’s harrowing journey through the criminal justice system, and his fight to reform it.


The Secret Poisoner: A Century of Murder

by Linda Stratmann

Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and in many ways encapsulated the Victorian age. Linda Stratmann's dark and splendid social history reveals the nineteenth century as a gruesome battleground where poisoners...


The Red Parts

by Maggie Nelson

Late in 2004, Maggie Nelson was looking forward to the publication of her book Jane: A Murder, a narrative in verse about the life and death of her aunt, who had been murdered thirty-five years before. The case...


The Midnight Assassin

by Skip Hollandsworth

A sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885

In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western...


A Burglar's Guide to the City

by Geoff Manaugh

Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll...