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Teaching Fear: How We Learn To Fear Crime and Why It Matters

Recommended for educators, parents, and readers interested in gender identity, politics, and law.

Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism

An essential read for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the concept of abolition feminism and supports the rights of all survivors of domestic violence, regardless of their race or life circumstances.

When Innocence Is Not Enough: Hidden Evidence and the Failed Promise of the Brady Rule

A well-researched, impactful account of the inequities in the legal justice system. Should be required reading for anyone working in the criminal justice system.
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Giovanni’s Ring: My Life Inside the Real Sopranos

Fans of Donnie Brasco and The Sopranos will snatch this one up. An excellent choice for any public library collection.
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The Green Amendment: The People’s Fight for a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment

Purchase for readers interested in environmental issues.

This Is My Jail: Local Politics and the Rise of Mass Incarceration

This is an essential read for anyone interested in the U.S. carceral state, the failed philosophies and practices of even well-intentioned reforms, and the causes and effects of segregation, discrimination, and exclusion that link homes, schools, police, judges, and juries in the violence of racial repression that is the United States’ criminal injustice system.
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Boston Tabloid: The Killing of Robin Benedict

Ideal for true crime collections, especially for libraries in the New England region.
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Data Cartels: The Companies That Control and Monopolize Our Information

Lamdan’s research is solid. Her book would be a nice addition to both large academic and legal libraries.
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The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder

An excellent addition to any true crime collection, this one is sure to intrigue readers who are interested in delving deeper into the hows and whys of solving cold cases.

Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger

Art and true crime lovers will likely devour this tale of Tetro’s escapades.

The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age

Anyone who is deeply involved with using the internet in any form should pick up this book. It is important for everyone to understand how intimate privacy violations affect its victims and why the fight to make a change needs to happen as people continue to live their lives online.
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Drifting into Darkness: Murders, Madness, Suicide, and a Death “Under Suspicious Circumstances”

The well-written, well-researched book is ideal for fans of true crime and general readers.
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The Ghosts That Haunt Me: Memories of a Homicide Detective

True crime readers will likely have a difficult time putting the book down.
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In Their Names: The Untold Story of Victims’ Rights, Mass Incarceration, and the Future of Public Safety

Supporters of criminal justice reform will enjoy this non-technical plea for change.
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Deadly Triangle: The Famous Architect, His Wife, Their Chauffeur, and Murder Most Foul

In spite of its flaws, this book is likely to appeal to true-crime fans. Goldenberg’s style titillates with the skill of a good gossip columnist, armed with the tools of both a criminalist and a historian.
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The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land

Recommended for fans of Jon Krakauer’s work.
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Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

This is a good addition to any popular nonfiction collection. The wide variety of people profiled gives the book broad appeal.
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The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies

Despite those few strange moments, film and history buffs will find this compelling.
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Who Killed Jane Stanford? A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University

A must-listen for history buffs and true crime fans.
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Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases

Holes’s acolytes will drive demand, but the work is not likely to appeal to those who aren’t established fans. An optional purchase.

Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Coffey’s impassioned performance of this eye-opening work should spark important conversations about criminal justice reform.

Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

An outstanding treatise on the history and rise of conspiracy theories today.
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Bone Deep: Untangling the Betsy Faria Case

True-crime fans and those unfamiliar with the case will be captivated by this riveting listening experience.
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Sonny: The Last of the Old Time Mafia Bosses, John “Sonny” Franzese

Fans of The Godfather and Wiseguy will feel right at home with this one.
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Cults: Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

A welcome addition where well-researched books on cults, true crime, and religious outliers are popular.
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A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California’s Most Notorious Killers

Readers will be drawn to Larkin’s first-person narrative of the events as well as her reconstruction of this tragic true-crime story.

Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency

This highly recommended book has been picked up by Jigsaw Productions to develop into a scripted screen adaptation, a documentary, and a podcast. There are few books on the crypto underworld, making this a must for all libraries.
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All That Is Wicked: A Gilded-Age Story of Murder and the Race To Decode the Criminal Mind

With every twist it takes, this true-crime tale remains riveting to the very end.
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Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime

This enthralling, well-researched book will be a nice addition to libraries’ true-crime and mass communication sections.
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Nothing but the Night: Leopold & Loeb and the Truth Behind the Murder That Rocked 1920s America

While the full truth of what happened may never be known, the authors make a compelling case for who the instigator was and will have readers debating the root cause.
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The Godmother: Murder, Vengeance, and the Bloody Struggle of Mafia Women

Fans of Mafia-related pop culture and history will enjoy Nadeau’s book, even as it overturns everything we thought we knew about the Mafia.
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The Liar: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Cold War’s Last Honest Man

Cunningham excels at his research, placing his story against a backdrop of political events through the 1980s as Karel and Hana reach their pinnacle in hedonistic, high society New York, until it all comes crashing down. An intriguing debut.

Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta

An evocative, thoughtful true crime story.
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Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas—Public Advocate and Conservation Champion

Will appeal to anyone interested in environmental issues, the Supreme Court, or Douglas.
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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Reminiscent of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this compelling audio is a necessary purchase for true crime fans, especially those interested in the backstories, historical context, and larger political questions raised by this intriguing investigation.
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American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper

Stashower was born in Cleveland, and his personal connection to the city breathes life into this well-researched and chilling account.
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Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland

This first-rate book will appeal to anyone interested in feminism, women and gender studies, or criminal justice.
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American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom

As an in-depth legal analysis written for the general population, this work will stir controversy and debate and likely be on many readers’ lists whether they agree or disagree with Siedel’s arguments.
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With the Devil’s Help: A True Story of Poverty, Mental Illness, and Murder

Readers who are interested in complex family histories like Tara Westover’s Educated will enjoy this book.
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The Plea of Innocence: Restoring Truth to the American Justice System

The slim book is well written, but academic in tone. Professional audiences will appreciate this deep dive into the theory of criminal prosecutions.
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The Red Widow: The Scandal That Shook Paris and the Woman Behind It All

Readers will be captivated by Meg’s story and Horowitz’s clever crafting of her tale.
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The Prison Guard’s Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica

Miller’s compassionate book (coauthored by investigative journalist Craig, who has reported on Attica for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) discusses the state’s deception around the Attica tragedy, grapples with forgiveness and reparations, and calls for prison reform.
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Madman in the Woods: Life Next Door to the Unabomber

A captivating new voice in true crime tells a well-trodden story from a fresh perspective. Highly recommended for libraries looking to increase the quality of their true crime collections.
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Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers

A good choice for religious, political, and legal scholars seeking a thorough confrontation of what historically has and hasn’t counted as a sincerely held religious belief.

Killers Amidst Killers: Hunting Serial Killers Operating Under the Cloak of America’s Opioid Epidemic

Jensen is a respected figure in the true crime community, and his compelling, compassionate work is highly recommended.

The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America

An important and highly readable addition to the history of crime and sexual politics in America that will be of interest to historians, women-focused history researchers, sociologists, and fans of true crime.

No More Police: A Case for Abolition

Kaba and Ritchie’s provocative position may not convince all readers, but their arguments are worth considering. This book will appeal to readers interested in social justice, activism, and police reform.
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Hell’s Half Acre: The Untold Story of the Benders, a Serial Killer Family on the American Frontier

Lee Osorio provides a simple, unbiased narration that contrasts with the horrific nature of the family’s crimes.
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Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer

Perfect for true crime fans of authors John Glatt and Christopher Berry-Dee.
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When a Killer Calls: A Haunting Story of Murder, Criminal Profiling, and Justice in a Small Town

Narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright, this detail-heavy account gets bogged down in minutiae at times, leaving listeners struggling to follow the story. True crime fans, however, won’t be disappointed in this gruesome tale of abduction, murder, and criminal profiling.
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The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup

True crime fans will enjoy this expertly researched account of corporate malfeasance and mayhem committed by doctors.

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

A great addition to the true-crime library that offers a unique perspective.

ShadowMan: An Elusive Psycho Killer and the Birth of FBI Profiling

True crime at its best, this is a compelling account detailing the beginnings of criminal profiling.
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The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice

Listeners will be moved by the emotional journey that serves as the backbone of this important, difficult exploration.
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Cults: Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

A fascinating overview of famous cult leaders which serves as an introduction to the topic.
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Manhattan Cult Story: Abuse, Crime, Sex, and My Life inside a Secret Organization

A highly personal account of a cult survivor.
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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Miles strikes a good balance between laying out the details of the crime and investigation, and fully developing the stories of the victims’ lives. Fans of unsolved cases will appreciate this well-researched, compelling story.
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Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods

Recommended purchase for academic libraries supporting gender studies programs.
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The Vanishing Triangle: The Unsolved Murders in One Bestselling Author’s Backyard

Thought-provoking, compelling true crime.
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Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod

The book is hard to follow and full of references to drugs and 1960s counterculture that will confuse many readers. Moreover, the lengthy treatment of the Vonnegut-Mailer dispute doesn’t fit with the rest of the book. Not recommended for true crime readers.
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When Freedom Speaks: The Boundaries and the Boundlessness of Our First Amendment Right

Complete with a glossary of legal terms, Greenky’s easy-to-read primer offers general readers and students a telling history and framework for understanding the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodologies courts commonly use to negotiate clashing and competing constitutional values and individual rights to free speech.
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The True Crime File: Serial Killings, Famous Kidnappings, Great Cons, Survivors and Their Stories, Forensics, and More

The scope of Daly’s coverage is commendable even if the format prevents her from tackling any topic in depth. A great entry point for those exploring true crime.
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Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial

A highly readable tale of underdogs who took on a mega-corporation and won.

The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America’s Most Notorious Mobster

Do we need yet another book on Gotti? Gleeson answers the question with a resounding yes.
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When Hope and History Rhyme: Natural Law and Human Rights from Ancient Greece to Modern America

Though Burgess does mention non-Western perspectives in passing, the book could have benefitted from a broader global viewpoint. However, as a text on Western natural law, it is accessible enough for those new to the topic yet will still satisfy those with expertise in the subject.
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The Most Human Right: Why Free Speech Is Everything

Best suited for a niche audience of human rights, philosophy, and legal experts who are engaged in high-level work on the topic.
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The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies

Fischer combines firsthand accounts with dynamic writing to bring the Victorian era to life. A remarkable cast of characters (including Le Prince’s equally fascinating wife, Lizzie) makes for compelling reading.
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The United States of Anonymous: How the First Amendment Shaped Online Speech

Amid surging social media and online speech wars, readers concerned about the future of free speech, privacy, and the law will appreciate Kosseff’s ability to deftly place the many-sided anonymity debate in the context of constitutional values and social norms.
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Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

A strong collection of essays of most interest to true crime readers, but also on display is a model of journalistic credibility.
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Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas

This meticulously researched, sympathetically narrated audiobook will appeal to listeners who enjoyed Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods, Jon Billman’s The Cold Vanish, or Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.
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Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks

A compelling historical whodunit that should keep true crime fans listening with rapt attention.

The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice

A haunting, insightful story of justice and humanity. Will especially resonate with readers of Christine Montross’s Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration.

Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class

Written clearly and persuasively, with compassion and expertise, Canon’s work is an essential read, especially for those who interact with or are interested in policing, incarceration, and the justice system.
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Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy

A fascinating and thought-provoking analysis of the history of privacy issues that will be accessible to a general audience.
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The Chevron Doctrine: Its Rise and Fall, and the Future of the Administrative State

Students of administrative law, the Constitution, Congress, or the federal courts will find much to mull about the operation and legitimacy of the U.S. administrative state.
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Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town

Cathie Ward’s death clearly affected a generation of children from Hot Springs, but Martin’s work offers no unique angle to the true crime genre. Not recommended.
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Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases

A captivating memoir of a life dedicated to cold cases. Hand to readers who appreciated Sue Black’s All That Remains: A Renowned Forensic Scientist on Death, Mortality, and Solving Crimes.
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Ripple: A Long Strange Search for A Killer

Cosgrove’s heartfelt search will intrigue true crime fans, but those seeking definite answers will want to look elsewhere.
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Bone Deep: Untangling the Betsy Faria Murder Case

Fans of Dateline will be interested in this work, which will likely only grow in popularity when the miniseries The Thing About Pam, starring Renée Zellweger, premieres in March 2022.

Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation

Readers will devour this searingly intimate tale of institutional misogyny. An important addition for all libraries.
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37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination

Readers will finish this book with a clearer understanding of Title IX’s impact, its shortcomings, and the continued threats faced by female students as they seek access to educational opportunities.
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Blessed Are the Bank Robbers: The True Adventures of an Evangelical Outlaw

A fascinating exploration that will appeal to those who appreciate the intersection of true crime and memoir.
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The Doomsday Mother: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, and the End of an American Family

True crime fans will likely be interested in Glatt’s fascinating account, which comes out before Vallow’s and Daybell’s upcoming trials, but the book might become outdated as new information surfaces about this ongoing case.
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Art & Crime: The Fight Against Looters, Forgers, and Fraudsters in the High-Stakes Art World

Readers interested in the art trade will benefit most from Koldehoff and Timm’s work. Those seeking a true crime experience can find more engaging works elsewhere.
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Still Doing Life: 22 Lifers, 25 Years Later

An unflinching look at some of the most marginalized members of society. Those who appreciated Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption or Zehr’s and Toew’s other books on restorative justice will be eager to read this heartfelt work.
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ShadowMan: An Elusive Psycho Killer and the Birth of FBI Profiling

A thrilling book about the lengths to which investigators went to catch an elusive killer and a pivotal moment in the history of criminal investigation.
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Hell’s Half-Acre: The Untold Story of the Benders, America’s First Serial Killer Family

A fascinating look at a case that still captures the imagination. Fans of historical true crime will be pleased.
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The Con and the FBI Agent: An Unlikely Alliance

An insider perspective on law enforcement that may appeal to readers who are particularly interested in the life and career of an FBI agent.

 

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Dawn at Mineral King Valley: The Sierra Club, the Disney Company, and the Rise of Environmental Law

A superb addition to environmental law collections.
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Greed in the Gilded Age: The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick

Readers curious about the Gilded Age or who enjoy stories of con artists will appreciate Hazelgrove’s lively tale of a most ambitious grifter.
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Lawyer X

An excellent account of one of the largest police scandals in Australian history, from the seasoned journalists who exposed it.
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Mafia Hit Man Carmine DiBiase: The Wiseguy Who Really Killed Joey Gallo

Although the book adds little new information to the Gallo murder case, fans of true crime and mafia stories will appreciate the insider’s look at the figures and neighborhoods that comprised New York mob life in the 20th century.

The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle To Determine Who Owns Your DNA

Timely, relevant, and significant. Hand to readers of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood

This is well-trod ground. An optional purchase for fans of true crime and Hollywood stories.
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The “Mr. Big” Sting: The Cases, the Killers, the Controversial Confessions

Though the fascinating case studies here may interest true crime fans, Stobbe’s argument that police should rely on the Mr. Big strategy ultimately falls flat.

The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup

Anyone who picks up this title will be left reflecting on how the U.S. medical system and drug companies have recklessly destroyed countless lives. A book readers will not soon forget.
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Deliberate Evil: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Webster, and the 1830 Murder of a Salem Slave Trader

Readers of Nathaniel Hawthorne, lovers of history, and anyone who enjoys a good mystery will be absorbed by this bizarre true crime tale.

Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts To Set Him Free

An immediately absorbing story of crime, manipulation, and influence.
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Command and Persuade: Crime, Law, and the State Across History

Historians, criminologists, and those with a strong academic interest in policing and criminal justice will learn a great deal from this book. Readers looking for a more casual or introductory exploration of what it means to punish crime will likely find other resources more suitable.
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Murder, Madness and Mayhem: Twenty-Five Tales of True Crime and Dark History

An honest, refreshingly compassionate book about gruesome or bizarre true crimes.

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