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Among the Bros: A Fraternity Crime Story

Parts of this book stretch the story longer than necessary. But this is still an important title for community college or university libraries since it offers difficult-to-find details about the culture and history of fraternities.

Jukebox Empire: The Mob and the Dark Side of the American Dream

A well-researched book whose structure might not hold some readers’ attention.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

An engaging read that’s filled with meticulous descriptions about how and why the wreck and mutiny unfolded. Readers who have a strong interest in high crimes on the sea and military history will want to dive in.

Coal Country Killing: A Culture, a Union, and the Murders That Changed It All

With research and trial transcripts, the authors masterfully narrate this true account that reads like a novel that cannot be put down. A must for all libraries.

Little, Crazy Children: A True Crime Tragedy

This book about an unsolved murder that continues to haunt an affluent suburb of Cleveland is an optional purchase for libraries in the region.

The Penalty Is Death: State Power, Law, and Justice

Without current data and articles, this book is a strictly optional purchase.

Justice Statistics: An Extended Look at Crime in the United States 2022

A gold mine for researchers seeking data on crimes. The price should not deter libraries that have strong criminal justice and sociology collections as well as legal libraries. For those libraries that have the previous editions, this update is a must.

Seventy Times Seven: A True Story of Murder and Mercy

The book’s title is a biblical reference about forgiveness. Well-written, well-researched, and worth being added to a true-crime collection.

I Know Who You Are: How an Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever

Rae-Venter describes other cases she helped solve, which is fascinating, but she uses genealogical terms that may be challenging for some readers to follow. Nevertheless, this book belongs in libraries that have a solid true crimes collection.

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