GREAT TRUE CRIME BOOKS
Fellow true crime junkies, add your suggestions to the mix.
- •The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15654.The_Stranger_Beside_MeThe fact that Rule knew Ted Bundy personally takes the already compelling story to another level.
- •Columbine by Dave Cullen http://www.davecullen.com/columbine.htmReading about Columbine in detail wasn't something I wanted to do but this book is on my top five nonfiction of all time. It goes far beyond what happened in the days before and after the murders, and deeply analyzes media and society's need to find "answers" to why things like this happen and the myths that become "true" as a result.
- •Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/105992.Helter_SkelterIt's a classic for a reason.
- •People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/people-who-eat-darkness-by-richard-lloyd-parry.html?_r=0One of my favorite in the genre in the past few years...very interesting to read true crime set in another country (Japan in this case) where the police and court systems are very different than in the U.S.
- •The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/487445.The_Onion_FieldAnother classic of the genre. Added bonus: Wambaugh is a really nice guy and will tell you great police stories for hours should you get the chance to meet him.
- •My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/my-friend-dahmer_9781419702167/Like The Stranger Beside Me, this book differentiates itself from more traditional true crime because the author knew the subject. Additionally, it's a graphic memoir so the form and style is outside of the norm for the genre. And both the form and the personal connection between author and subject are what make it a wholly unique and fascinating read.
- •In Cold Blood by Truman Capote http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/168642.In_Cold_BloodThere's a reason this book is a classic and is often credited with being the title that "created" the true crime genre.
- •Fatal Vision -Joe McGuinnessSuggested by @cgimesh
- •Evidence of Love - John BloomSuggested by @cgimesh
- •God'll Cut You Down - John SafranSuggested by @aloisi_tribe
- •The Sunset Murders by Louise FarrSuggested by @an_aussie_bookworm