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Murder Maps USA: Crime Scenes Revisited; Bloodstains to Ballistics, 1865–1939

Due to the graphic nature of some of the photographs, this book is not recommended for everybody, but readers interested in true crime and forensics will appreciate Selzer’s singular volume.
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From Parchment to Dust: The Case for Constitutional Skepticism

General readers interested in the U.S. Constitution, its shortcomings, its history, and the concept of constitutional skepticism will be interested in this book.
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White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland

A strong addition to true crime sections, this disturbing work will also appeal to readers interested in the development of modern hate groups.

A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest To Decipher the Criminal Mind

An empathetic, insightful behind-the-scenes look at criminal profiling that will be appreciated by true crime fans and readers curious about forensic or criminal psychology.
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The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson: A Battle for Racial Justice During the Dawn of the Civil Rights Era

A compelling account of “justice” in the Jim Crow South. Recommended for readers interested in true crime and race.
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Boys Enter the House: The Victims of John Wayne Gacy and the Lives They Left Behind

Heartrending and poignant, this is an excellent sociological examination of life in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in the 1970s.

Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers

With recently overturned sexual misconduct convictions like Bill Cosby’s in the news, this is a relevant and significant study that will leave readers reeling but also hopeful that this knowledge can be used to prevent assault and abuse.
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Women Who Love Men Who Kill: 35 True Stories of Prison Passion

Isenberg’s is a compelling, research-driven book, and libraries should purchase this updated edition.

The Violence Project: How To Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic

A gripping book that will captivate anyone seeking to understand why mass shootings occur and what might be done to recognize and intervene with potential shooters before they act.
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The End of Asylum

This accessible primer on the history and law of U.S. asylum policy and practice provides novices and experts alike analysis and advocacy for understanding how and where the United States has fallen and how it may rise again as a beacon of liberty for refugees.
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Purchasing Submission: Conditions, Power, and Freedom

Hamburger’s work is best suited to an audience with a legal or political background, as readers with only a casual interest will likely find the text too dense and technical. Nevertheless, it’s a must-read for scholars concerned with government overreach and constitutional scholarship.
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A Century of Swindles: Ponzi Schemes, Con Men, and Fraudsters

Readers interested in the topic would be better served by a narrative about a single con man, such as Dean Jobb’s Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation.
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American Time Bomb: Attica, Sam Melville, and a Son’s Search for Answers

An engaging and intimate memoir that offers a personal history of the radical underground and adds context to the story of the Attica uprising.
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The People’s Constitution: 200 Years, 27 Amendments, and the Promise of a More Perfect Union

Readers at all levels interested in the Constitution’s history and future should find this work thoughtful and instructive, especially alongside Beau Breslin’s A Constitution for the Living.
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Dirty Works: Obscenity on Trial in America’s First Sexual Revolution

Although this book does not aim to be a biography, it would have been useful to provide more background information on Ernst and his colleagues. Still, readers interested in 20th-century U.S. history, civil liberties litigation, Ernst and his legal colleagues, birth control, or the cultural basis of obscenity laws will find this book worthwhile.
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The Crisis in America’s Criminal Courts: Improving Criminal Justice Outcomes by Transforming Decision-Making

Replete with statistics and references, this engaging, compelling book will appeal to both lay and professional readers.
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Pack the Court! Defense of Supreme Court Expansion

While unabashedly partisan, Feldman’s work is a must-read in the present debate. It offers keen analysis of more than a half-century of the court’s anti-democratic ideological bent.
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Pure Narco: One Man’s True Story of 25 Years Inside the Cartels

Readers who enjoyed Jordan Belfort’s The Wolf of Wall Street may be interested in the debauchery of this book, but its greater appeal will be limited.

Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights

Chemerinsky provides an insightful primer for understanding the judicial decisions that support the United States’ prevailing authoritarian, paramilitary, racist approach to policing. He points out problems but also lays out steps to overcoming the Supreme Court’s consistent failure. A thoughtful, provocative, and instructive must-read for anyone concerned with justice and domestic tranquility.
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My Brother the Killer: A Family Story

Sharkey offers an intimate, thought-provoking meditation on how his brother’s childhood and adolescence affected his later actions. For readers interested in books that blend memoir and crime, such as Liza Rodman’s The Babysitter.

Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story

While the book would benefit from more specific notes about interviews with the people involved, Brown tells a gripping, horrifying tale, and few are spared her critique. A must for public library collections, and especially noteworthy for readers of Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy To Protect Predators.

A Constitution for the Living: Imagining How Five Generations of Americans Would Rewrite the Nation’s Fundamental Law

Entertaining, instructive, and learned, Breslin’s creative narratives brim with analytical and historical detail that explain the workings of the U.S. Constitution and Constitutional framing. His work will educate and excite readers at every level who are interested in the Constitution’s force, function, and future.
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On the Trail of the Serpent: The Epic Hunt for the Bikini Killer

Fans of Netflix’s The Serpent will devour this compulsively readable work of true crime.
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The Key Man: The True Story of How the Global Elite Was Duped by a Capitalist Fairy Tale

A meticulously researched, compelling reminder of the importance of financial oversight. It should be required reading in business schools.
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Ed Kemper: Conversations with a Killer; The Shocking True Story of the Co-Ed Butcher

Recent Netflix programming has sparked renewed interest in the Co-Ed Killings, and Matera provides a modern update on Kemper, who’s now in declining health and likely unaware of his internet presence. However, the book’s tone often feels more indulgent than instructive.
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Defending a Serial Killer: The Right to Counsel

A deep dive into the research, ethics, and personal impact of defending the seemingly indefensible. This title will appeal to law students and others interested in the nuances of justice.
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The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals

A thought-provoking volume, with accounts that span continents and circumstances, that will appeal even to true crime fans who have seen it all.
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El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord

Hurowitz presents a comprehensive picture of the drug trade, but the more gripping aspects of the narrative often get bogged down with the minute details and names of numerous cartel members. Still, readers looking for a deep dive into the drug trade will appreciate this detailed work.
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Serial Killers: The Minds, Methods, and Mayhem of History’s Most Notorious Murderers

Estep’s concise, well-written case studies will leave readers wanting to learn more.
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“Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration

While this book may be useful for academic libraries, public libraries are better served by other titles, such as Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
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Rogues’ Gallery: The Birth of Modern Policing and Organized Crime in Gilded Age New York

Perfect for New York City history buffs or true crime readers, this is a well-rounded work that can fill a few spots.
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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer

Jobb’s compelling account of Cream’s reign of terror will appeal to readers interested in Jack the Ripper or Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.
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She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women

This book of bite-size essays will appeal to fans of crime podcasts such as My Favorite Murder. Recommended for libraries seeking to diversify their true crime collections.
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Golden Boy: A Murder Among the Manhattan Elite

A tragic character study at the intersection of wealth, privilege, and mental illness, told with empathy for Gilbert’s victims.
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Spies, Lies, and Exile: The Extraordinary Story of Russian Double Agent George Blake

This well-written and solidly researched biography of a complicated man will resonate with readers who enjoyed Ben Macintyre’s A Spy Among Friends or the novels of John le Carré.
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The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion

A compassionate yet unflinching look into the psychology of people who perpetrate violent crimes, and the care afforded them in the UK, this book would be of interest to true crime fans and especially valuable to those studying psychology, medicine, or law.
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Kiss of Death: True Cases of Fatal Attraction

With cases spanning the globe, this compelling volume reinforces the sobering reality that the person most likely to end your life might just be lying next you. A great beach read for true crime fans.

The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

A lively, compelling addition to the true crime and popular science genres. Morbidly curious readers may also enjoy Gory Details, by Erika Engelhaupt.
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A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them

This absorbing volume about murderers’ use of poison will appeal to true crime lovers and fans of popular science in the vein of Mary Roach.
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Giovanni’s Ring: My Life Inside the Real Sopranos

Fans of the Netflix docuseries Fear City, the films Donnie Brasco and The Irishman, or Selwyn Raab’s Five Families will enjoy this insider’s update on of one of the original Italian American crime families.
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(Low)life: A Memoir of Jazz, Fight-Fixing, and the Mob

A meandering deep dive into entertainment underworlds.

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What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl

Reopening a cold case, Dykstra reaches no definitive answers, but along the way she offers insight on the impact of societal attitudes on criminal investigations. Hand to readers interested in the intersection of true crime and women’s studies.
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Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind

Fans of CSI crime shows will enjoy this real-life forensics overview.
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Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case

An absorbing chronicle of a bizarre story, this is the perfect addition for true crime sections.
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The Truth About the O. J. Simpson Trial: By the Architect of the Defense

Headstrong and unwavering, Bailey centers himself as the brains of the Dream Team and reiterates main points of the Simpson case in a cogent, if biased fashion.
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Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder

This thought-provoking book adds to conversations about the role of psychiatric institutions and how society can offer solutions.
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A Descending Spiral: Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays

Readers interested in the death penalty and injustice in the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as those who enjoyed Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, will appreciate this title.
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American by Birth: Wong Kim Ark and the Battle for Citizenship

A riveting and much-needed glimpse into the history of Asian American communities and the racism that persists to this day; a valuable addition to legal and social science collections.

Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court

With extensive notes, this superb volume is well positioned to be revisited as a reference. It will benefit scholars and students, as well as readers interested in civil rights and legal history.
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London Murders: In the Footsteps of the Capital’s Killers

True crime fanatics are not likely to discover much new here; however, the compelling subject matter will attract readers. A general purchase for large true crime collections.
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Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of the World

General readers will be interested in many of the examples of fraud, but those without a background in finance might struggle with jargon or the lack of central narrative.
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Bad Lawyer: A Memoir of Law and Disorder

Anyone considering a legal career should pick up this funny, thought-provoking memoir.
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Crime Time: Twenty True Tales of Murder, Madness, and Mayhem

This entertaining, concise collection will entice fans of true crime and history. Readers may also enjoy Mike Rothmiller’s True Crime Chronicles: Serial Killers, Outlaws, and Justice…Real Crime Stories from the 1800s.
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Psychiana Man: A Mail-Order Prophet, His Followers, and the Power of Belief in Hard Times

This bizarre, gripping, yet balanced account of a charismatic man and an enterprise that prospered under the guise of religion will appeal to true crime fans and those interested in religious cults, including readers of Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.
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The Murders That Made Us: How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy this book in short sips—there is much to savor here for both true crime fans and lovers of San Francisco. Hand this title to those who appreciated David Talbot’s Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love.
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Don’t Call It a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM

NXIVM has been covered extensively, but Berman sets her work apart with a deep dive into the history and growth of the organization and an empathetic look at the psychology of the victims. Given the wide interest in this story, this is a strong addition to true crime shelves.
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Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History

Campbell’s reporting is top-notch, and he unearths information that will be new to the general public. A must for those still searching for an answer to the ultimate question about Madoff’s crimes: Why?
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Fat Chance: Diet Mania, Greed, and the Infamous Fen-Phen Swindle

The rotating cast of unscrupulous lawyers may exhaust readers’ patience; as the author notes early on, there are no heroes in this book. Still, it’s an absorbing tale that’s sure to hold the interest of those interested in books on corporate crime.
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At Any Cost: A Father’s Betrayal, a Wife’s Murder, and a Ten-Year War for Justice

A vivid portrait of the complications that family dynamics, religious considerations, and investigative errors produced to obfuscate justice, and the depths to which an abusive master manipulator is willing to go to continue that obfuscation. True crime fans will be satisfied.
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Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring

An important book that will enlighten readers about the disturbing impact of gold mining in the Amazon
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Right Here, Right Now: Life Stories from America’s Death Row

This volume packs a punch and gives a voice to those whose stories need to be fully heard. Libraries, especially those seeking to expand collections related to criminal justice and the politics surrounding issues of race and class, should purchase this title.
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Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream

True crime fans and history lovers will appreciate this well-researched and nuanced biography of one of America’s most notorious gangsters.
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Call Me Commander: A Former Intelligence Officer and the Journalists Who Uncovered His Scheme To Fleece America

An exhilarating yet intricate tale of mind-boggling fraud. Readers will be rapt; hand this one to fans of David Enrich’s The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History.
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The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story

Likely to appeal to readers of ghost stories and psychology alike, this well-researched chronicle pulls directly from firsthand accounts, interviews, news articles, séances, photographs, and other sources to provide as comprehensive a view as possible from this side of history.

Two Truths and a Lie: Murder, Obsession, and Justice in the Sunshine State

Dark, foreboding, and emotional, this title is as gripping as a thriller and laced with cogent insights--McGarrahan stresses that sometimes there isn’t an objective truth to uncover. Fans of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark will be spellbound.

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The Uncommon Case of Daniel Brown: How a White Police Officer Was Convicted of Killing a Black Citizen, Baltimore, 1875

An accessible account that will make a worthy addition to collections on racial justice and police brutality.
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Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City

Blending memoir with sharp commentary on social justice issues, Brooks’s empathetic work is ideal for readers curious about policing and police reform in the United States.
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The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing

An interesting look into women’s lives in India. Recommended for readers interested in women’s issues.
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Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections

This is a solid, browsable reference work that will appeal to the public and law enforcement as well as undergraduates focusing on criminology, sociology, psychology, or law.
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Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid: America’s Original Gangster Couple

Those interested in tales of white-collar crime and 20th-century history will be pleased.
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Fall: The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell, Britain’s Most Notorious Media Baron

Preston’s prose is compelling, and the mystery of this larger-than-life figure is perplexing
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The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw

With nuance and sensitivity, Machell has profiled a young man who, like a canary in a coal mine, offered warnings about impending financial, political, and ecological reckonings.

Guilty Admissions: The Bribes, Favors, and Phonies Behind the College Cheating Scandal

Readers curious about the dark side of wealth will be enthralled by this exposé of corruption in education.
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Murder in Canaryville: The True Story Behind a Cold Case and a Chicago Cover-Up

In-depth and compelling investigative journalism that will resonate with those interested in organized crime and Chicago history and politics. Readers intrigued by this era in Chicago’s history may also enjoy Charles Hager’s Chicago Heights: Little Joe College, the Outfit, and the Fall of Sam Giancana.
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The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms

Rosenberg presents challenging, provocative material in an engaging manner that will have readers pondering these issues. Anyone interested in the history of free speech and the Supreme Court will enjoy this extensively researched book.

Murder in Montague: Frontier Justice and Retribution in Texas

This deliberate, beautifully written work offers a disturbing, clear-sighted look into murder on the frontier. Any collection of Western U.S. history or true crime is incomplete without this title.
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We Thought We Knew You: A Terrifying True Story of Secrets, Betrayal, Deception, and Murder

The author’s anger at Conley’s glamorization within the true crime community is palpable. Still, though this isn’t the balanced account some might prefer, he presents the evidence competently.

Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer: Charlottesville and the Politics of Hate

This well-reasoned work will appeal to readers interested in bettering their understanding of Charlottesville, what led up to it, and its aftermath; the complexities of First Amendment doctrinal law; and the history of free speech. Recommended for general audiences, scholars, and practicing lawyers, this is a must for academic libraries.
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American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950–2000

Vronsky’s true crime writing is charged. When his target is ViCAP, it’s brilliant. When it’s university administrative assistants, it’s baffling. Although famous killers and their gruesome crimes get an unnecessary retread, Vronsky’s focus on the society that reared them is fresh
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Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free: And Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System

With some weaknesses in the writing yet with important insights into the future of the justice system, this title is best suited for academic and law libraries and public libraries with a devoted criminal justice or legal readership rather than a general audience.
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Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer

A vivid narrative that’s sure to please those interested in historical true crime tales.
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Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Female Persuasion

Readers who appreciate a well-executed sting will enjoy this thoroughly researched yet breezy guide to notorious women.
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Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption

Scholars and lay readers alike will be enlightened and spurred to thought and discussion.
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Killer Triggers

True crime stories with all the gory details, both aided and stymied by the author’s insights.

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

A stellar tale of justice eluded, to add to the growing queer true crime genre justice.
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Blood, Powder, and Residue: How Crime Labs Translate Evidence into Proof

Highly recommended for true crime collections; fans of books and documentaries with an emphasis on forensics such as Making a Murderer and The Staircase will especially enjoy.

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Shark Arm: A Shark, a Tattooed Arm, and Two Unsolved Murders

A comprehensive, absorbing account of one of Sydney’s most infamous crimes.
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Murder Maps: Crime Scenes Revisited; Phrenology to Fingerprint; 1811–1911

Gray blends an eye for gruesome detail with impressive visuals and a helpful bibliography to make this a popular addition to true crime collections.
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Power on the Inside: A Global History of Prison Gangs

Roth’s well-written, deeply researched work is a must for those in the criminology and criminal justice fields, but interested general readers will find it accessible as well.
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Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett

Blending historical narrative and true crime, this is compelling reading for anyone interested in First Nations cultures or cold case research.
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Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court

A well-researched, eye-opening study that will appeal to readers of criminal justice and sociology.
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Bad Medicine: Catching New York’s Deadliest Pill Pusher

Bismuth has made an important contribution to the growing landscape of books documenting the opioid epidemic (Beth Macy’s Dopesick; Ryan Hampton’s American Fix; Ben Westhoff’s Fentanyl, Inc.). Readers horrified by the effects of the opioid crisis will appreciate.
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Jeannie’s Demise

A solid addition to any true crime collection, this work implores us to consider the human costs of criminalizing abortion.
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Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip

This memoir about undercover police work will appeal to fans of Joseph Pistone’s excellent Donnie Brasco and Michael McGowan’s Ghost.
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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect No. 1: The Man Who Got Away

True crime buffs will enjoy reading this one
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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

Cooper’s suspenseful, intensely intimate work casts a critical lens on institutional misogyny. Sure to appeal to true crime readers, especially fans of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

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Little Lindy Is Kidnapped: How the Media Covered the Crime of the Century

General true crime readers should probably pass, but Lindbergh kidnapping buffs, media scholars, and those interested in media history will be intrigued.

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Hamilton and the Law: Reading Today’s Most Contentious Legal Issues Through the Hit Musical

Whether or not readers have a strong grounding in the law, they’ll be stirred by the connections the book draws among Hamilton, current events, and history.

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I Have Struck Mrs. Cochran with a Stake: Sleepwalking, Insanity, and the Trial of Abraham Prescott

Ideal for serious scholars of criminal history.
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Juror Number 2: The Story of a Murder, the Agony of a Neighborhood

Social inequalities and their effects on the criminal justice system are issues worthy of discussion; however, this title, which proposes largely microlevel solutions to systemic problems, adds little to the conversation.
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