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Crooked: The Roaring ’20s Tale of a Corrupt Attorney General, a Crusading Senator, and the Birth of the American Political Scandal

For fans of G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage. Recommended for general purchase.

Tremors in the Blood: Murder, Obsession, and the Birth of the Lie Detector

While the technology has changed, modern policing still relies heavily on scientific evidence. Katwala’s fascinating history of this unreliable device is a cautionary tale that will likely appeal to those interested in criminal justice and true crime.

Boston Tabloid: The Killing of Robin Benedict

A compelling recounting of one man’s obsession and a shocking case judged in the court of public opinion.

Children of the State: Stories of Survival and Hope in the Juvenile Justice System

An affecting listen, recommended for readers of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

All the trimmings of an admirable shipwreck story are present, including scurvy, mutiny, controversy, and foul weather. Combined with Graham’s hardy narration, Grann’s latest is a riveting must-listen. Expect broad listener appeal and high demand for this enthralling seafaring tale.

Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy—and the Sister She Betrayed

This deep dive into the case of Ana Montes is meticulously presented and will captivate true-crime lovers.

The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story Behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room

Lovers of true crime will be unable to stop listening. A horrendous tale from its beginning straight through to its convoluted finish.

We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a harrowing, issue-oriented nonfiction work about family, foster care, and the faults and failings of both. Recommended for fans of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and similar steadfast investigative journalism.

Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains

Hagerty’s illuminating account provides a fascinating and deeply moving glimpse into how anthropologists’ use of forensic methods has changed the ways in which research is conducted in the field.
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