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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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Lawless: A Lawyer’s Unrelenting Fight for Justice in a War Zone

Those interested in human rights, women’s rights, and the legal system will devour this uplifting and immersive book, along with the author’s documentary Motley’s Law and her TED talk.
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Crime Dot Com: From Viruses to Vote Rigging, How Hacking Went Global

For true crime and technology enthusiasts in search of an overview of cybercrime.

Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration

With consideration and compassion, Montross has written a must-read that asks us to consider who our system is leaving behind.
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The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation

A moving, well-crafted narrative for true crime buffs.
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Trial by Fire: A Devastating Tragedy, 100 Lives Lost, and a 15-Year Search for Truth

While James makes incisive points about the media, faulty fire codes, ambitious prosecutors, and sloppy commercial practice, his book is more defense brief than balanced recounting. To get the other side of the story, readers should turn first to John Barylick’s Killer Show, an attorney who represented victims in wrongful death and personal injury suits related to the fire.
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Doctor Dealer: A Doctor High on Greed, a Biker Gang High on Opioids, and the Woman Who Paid the Ultimate Price

An entertaining story with broad appeal for true crime fans. Readers looking to contextualize the ongoing opioid crisis may also enjoy Sam Quinones’s Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.
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Poisoned at the Priory

Although the book is billed as true crime, this is a bloodless mystery that will appeal to fans of cozies and Agatha Christie, as well as those who enjoyed Eleanor Herman’s The Royal Art of Poison.
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Cry of Murder on Broadway: A Woman’s Ruin and Revenge in Old New York

Bound to appeal to true crime readers, especially those with an interest in the intersection of crime and socioeconomic issues.
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A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc

Will resonate with fans of the true crime genre, and mob and crime history.
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The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns

Given the range of crimes, locales, time periods, and writing styles, this collection is uneven and the analyses often feel pat, if not absent altogether. For hard-core true crime fans only.
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A City Divided: Race, Fear and the Law in Police Confrontations

Dense with legal detail, this work is legible to general readers with a strong interest in thinking critically about the violent intersection of racism and policing in American life.
PREMIUM

The Potato Masher Murder: Death at the Hands of a Jealous Husband

Fans of court dramas, turn-of-the century mysteries, and lurid true crime will appreciate this work.
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Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher: Hunting America’s Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer at the Dawn of Modern Criminology

A successful blend of history and suspense, this volume will appeal to readers interested in true crime and law enforcement. Readers intrigued by the Mad Butcher may also enjoy James Jessen Badal’s In the Wake of the Butcher.
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The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World

Maroney has crafted an entertaining read that will appeal to fans of mystery and detective stories updated for a modern world. Those interested in pursuing a career in research and investigation will also appreciate this volume.
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How To Catch a Killer: Hunting and Capturing the World’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

A focus on how killers are caught brings a fresh approach even to familiar cases. Ramsland presents concise, compelling examples of the progress of police work over the last century. Highly recommended for true crime buffs.
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Serial Killers of the ’70s: Stories Behind a Notorious Decade of Death

True crime buffs will be familiar with most of these names, but Fritsch competently captures the era.
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Don’t Be a Victim: Fighting Back Against America’s Crime Wave

For fans of Grace as well as those seeking advice on personal safety. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]
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The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of Its Passing

Although intended for a general readership—lawyers will hardly benefit from the author’s minilecture distinguishing federal from state judicial systems
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Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal

A well-researched and detailed picture of a crime emerging in an American culture corrupted by wealth and celebrity.
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Framed in Monte Carlo: Why I Spent Eight Years in Prison for a Murder I Did Not Commit

An absorbing tale for true crime fans
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Serial Killers: The World’s Most Evil

Despite the potential for offering scientific insight, this is a numbing account of already well-documented atrocities.
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The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands

For fans of true crime, this book will likely reinforce the admonition of My Favorite Murder podcast hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark to “stay out of the forest.”
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Mayhem: Unanswered Questions About the Tsarnaev Brothers, the US Government, and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Thriller fans and readers who enjoy learning about FBI cover-ups or acts of domestic terrorism will devour this work.
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Perchance To DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA

This scholarly work will further and aid in-depth research on U.S. history, law, politics of immigration, and higher education.

Free Justice: A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America

This foray into the ideas that shape and sustain U.S. law and society offers significant inroads for readers interested in the progress and pitfalls of the U.S. criminal justice system, and how incidental and intentional actions affect historical developments.
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Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms

Necessary reading for any critic of mass incarceration seeking to understand the myriad policy alternatives and the path to lasting liberation.

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories

This true crime master expands the limits of the genre, digging to find answers and revealing that even the most horrific crimes are often linked to a larger story about America.

Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome

Engrossing, well researched, and tailor-made for true crime enthusiasts.

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist

A captivating book that will entertain fans across genres with its seamless blend of true crime, biography, and art history.

I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad

Fans of The Wire, The Shield, and Training Day will devour, as will readers of true crime and students of urban affairs and public policy.

Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture & Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss

Sherman and Wedge have crafted a thorough, detailed, and gripping story of a larger-than-life crime boss who met a disturbing end. Compelling reading for true crime buffs.
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The Golden Thread: The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld

Fans of novelists such as Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, as well as military history and true crime enthusiasts, will find much to enjoy about this riveting read.
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The Perfect Father: The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder

Fans of the Investigation Discovery show Nightmare Next Door are sure to appreciate this gripping read.
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Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw

While not as detailed as Kerry Ross Boren’s Butch Cassidy: The Untold Story, Leerhsen’s biography is an accessible, quick read that is sure to delight fans of the genre.
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