True Crime

    • American Fire
      Monica Hesse

      Documents the trial of a man who was charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia county, sharing insight into the perpetrator's struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend and the impact of the fires on their community.

    • The Blood of Emmett Till
      Timothy B. Tyson

      In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. Till's lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.But what actually happened to Emmett Till--not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy?

    • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
      Radley Balko

      Relates the stories of two innocent men who were wrongly accused and convicted of crimes due largely to the legally condoned failures perpetrated by invalid forensic science and institutional racism.

    • A False Report
      T. Christian Miller

      Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists present the true story of two detectives who teamed up to discern the truth about a case involving a teen who was charged with falsely reporting a rape, an investigation that revealed the work of a serial rapist in multiple states.

    • The Feather Thief
      Kirk W. Johnson

      Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives.

    • The Girl on the Velvet Swing
      Simon Baatz

      A chronicle of the events surrounding the 1906 murder trial of millionaire Harry Thaw details the scandalous victimization of actress Evelyn Nesbit and Thaw's public murder of legendary architect Stanford White, a case that tested the limits of the free press and raised awareness of the disproportionate power of Gilded Age tycoons.

    • I'll Be Gone in the Dark
      Michelle McNamara

      An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case, written by the late author of the website, traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.

    • Killers of the Flower Moon
      David Grann

      In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The book is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.

    • The Last Stone
      Mark Bowden

      The author of Black Hawk Down documents how five skilled detectives navigated the deceptions of a prisoner who hid his role in the disappearance of two young sisters. Bowden first covered the girls' abduction from a shopping mall in 1975; now he returns to write its ending as a cold case detective discovered a link several decades later that led to the intensive interrogation of a pathological liar.

    • The Mastermind
      Evan Ratliff

      Love true crime but don't want to read about a grisly murder? Can't blame you. This is the incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux--the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

    • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
      Brad Ricca

      Presents the shocking true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.

    • Murder by the Book
      Claire Harman

      Harman examines the 1840 murder of a London socialite and the novel with which his murderer defended himself. This is a fascinating, little-known story of a murder that rocked literary London and left leading writers and even Queen Victoria to wonder: Can a novel kill? It's a perfect match for lovers of both true crime and literature.

    • Ranger Games
      Ben Blum

      Documents the story of a teen Colorado star and aspiring U.S. Army Ranger who inexplicably helped commit an armed robbery hours before being deployed to Iraq, describing the efforts of the author to investigate the influence of the young man's superior and the darker practices of the Ranger indoctrination program.

    • The Real Lolita
      Sarah Weinman

      Weinman delves into the story of Sally Horner, an eleven-year-old girl who was kidnapped in 1948, and whose story helped inspire Vladimir Nabokov to write his classic, Lolita. This is that rare blend of historical re-appraisal, rigorous archival work, insightful analysis, and endlessly engaging writing. Sure to be a new classic of true crime.

    • Unsolved Murders
      Amber Hunt and Emily G. Thompson

      Ever wondered who murdered JonBenét Ramsey, or who terrorized San Francisco as the Zodiac Killer? Puzzled over the notorious Black Dahlia murder, or the mysterious Long Island Serial Killer case? This book takes an in-depth look at the facts and figures surrounding the most notorious unsolved murder cases in history, leaving you to judge for yourself who (could’ve) done it.