Behold the Monster: Confronting America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

Sourcebooks. Jul. 2023. 496p. ISBN 9781728267753. $26.99. CRIME
Journalist Lauren (Everything You Ever Wanted) has written a mélange of fact and imagined truth in this true-crime book is about Samuel Little, known as America’s top serial killer, who choked his victims and whose murdered approximately 90 women over six decades. Lauren first learned of Little by asking legendary LAPD cold case detective Mitzi Roberts which case she was proudest to have solved; at this point, Little was now in his late seventies and ailing in a California prison. In hundreds of hours of interviews, he told Lauren information that he had never shared with law enforcement. Lauren also embedded herself with detectives seeking to use DNA to solve the murders of marginalized women. The book devotes chapters to Little’s victims, imagining how they died, along with excerpts from his California trials, which sealed his fate. Lauren seeks to honor the victims by imagining their lives and printing their photos.
VERDICT Fans of true crime will relish this book. A good read-alike is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.
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