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Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your Attention

Here is a list of the best Crime Drama books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Cotton Song: A Novel (2007)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionIn World War II–era Mississippi, the aftermath of a tragedy takes on all the intensity and heat of the Delta summer when the town of Ruleton copes with violence, racism, and a vengeful spree that threatens the life of a young girl and the soul of the small town.In Hushpuckashaw County in the 1940s, many things are desperately unfair. Letitia Johnson, a young black mother and the nanny for one of the town’s most distinguished couples, knows this only too well when the couple’s baby is found drowned in its bath. Accused by the grieving family and the enraged townspeople, Letitia quickly sends her…
Author(s): Tom Bailey

2. Sleeping With The Enemy (2008)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionWahida Clark and Kiki Swinson are two mistresses who have the street lit genre on lock.—The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers  Kreesha can’t control her dangerous feelings for Reign—a brother who’s married, just out of prison, and one strike away from lockdown–for–life. But when Reign betrays her to the Feds, she’ll risk everything to save her empire and give Reign one last seduction—with a bullet . . . Larissa is fed up with lying, cheating men. Her best friend Tenisha’s suggestion: try a guaranteed–to–be–faithful brother in prison. But when…
Author(s): Wahida Clark, Kiki Swinson

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionHe couldn’t keep his hands off his stepdaughter. The question becomes, who shot him? The mother or the stepdaughter? Or maybe it was even the woman he was seeing? Or the husband of the woman he seduced?Thaddeus defends the mother on murder charges. The case goes to trial. Midway, the trial takes an unexpected turn and it looks as if the real killer has been exposed. Thaddeus isn’t finished with the case, however, and soon he’s back in trial yet again. The police and the District Attorney are certain they now have the killer in a death penalty case.Of all his cases, this one is Thaddeus’ most…
Author(s): John Ellsworth

4. Masked Innocence (Hqn) (2014)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionThe man was sinful. It wasn’t just the looks that made him dangerous, it was the cocky confidence that dominated every move, every touch. And the frustrating yet ecstatic fact about the whole package was that he could back it all up… Julia Campbell never knows what to expect with win-at-all-costs Brad De Luca. And she’s starting to like it that way. She gave up safe, conventional relationships when she let the elite divorce attorney seduce her into his world. Now that he’s determined to strip her naked of every inhibition, she’s in…
Author(s): Alessandra Torre

5. Not Just Another Killing in Oakland: A Civil Lawyer’s View Of A Murder Trial From The Jury Box (2017)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionEvan Meisner thought he had a lot of life ahead of him at twenty-two. Instead, he became one of the 103 people murdered in Oakland, California, in 2011. Not Just Another Killing in Oakland is an intriguing blow-by-blow account of People v. Gadlin. From jury selection to the final verdict and sentencing, David H. Fleisig writes with meticulous detail about the events that led to the murder of Evan Meisner, the arrest of the main suspect, and the trial that followed. As a juror and civil trial lawyer, Fleisig offers a unique perspective of what happened in and out of the…
Author(s): David H. Fleisig

6. The Underdogs (Signet Classics) (2008)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionThe UnderdogsMariano Azuela Ten years after its publication in a small El Paso paper, The Underdogs achieved worldwide renown as the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution. It tells the story of Demetrio Macías, a modest, peace-loving Indian, who is forced to side with the rebels to save his family. In the course of battle, he becomes a compulsive militarist almost despite himself, and his courage leads to a generalship in Pancho Villa’s army. But as the rebels suffer defeat after defeat, Macías loses prestige and moral purpose at the…
Author(s): Mariano Azuela , Munguia Jr., E., et al.

7. THE FOURTH FRIEND a gripping crime thriller full of stunning twists (2017)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionLooking for your next unputdownable mystery? Then try this book by a mystery full of stunning twists and turns. is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished. Eighteen months before the crash, but no other leads. Suzanne was the wife of one of Carter’s four best friends. Adding to the pressure, the . Due to the sensitivity of the Holland case, Carter is put on this investigation. DS Marie Evans is the only person Carter can…
Author(s): JOY ELLIS

8. Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas (2013)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionCrime stories have always intrigued viewers and storytellers. Today, crime shows rule the airwaves and there is truly a procedural drama out there for every personality — and every writer. Born out of the author’s real-life experiences growing up around death investigation, Forensic Speak unlocks the secrets of forensic science for writers and fans alike. With a filmography of 100 film and TV examples and 80 additional resources, the book provides writers direct access to hundred of ways to make their crime writing more authentic. #616,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #670 in TV Shows #10402…
Author(s): Dornbush Jennifer

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionTo defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…Confronting the town that shunned her as a child, she unearths secrets that some would kill to keep buried. And after her client confesses to the crime, Cass detects a widespread cover-up. If she doesn’t get to the bottom of it…
Author(s): Robin James

10. Mob Rules: A Jeff Trask Crime Drama, Book One of the Kansas City Files (The Jeff Trask Crime Dramas) (2019)

 Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your AttentionFederal Prosecutor Jeff Trask moves to Kansas City to combat the Mafia and a nationwide drug-smuggling ring that is trafficking in the deadly concoction of fentanyl-laced heroin. Joining forces with a team of police detectives and FBI agents, Trask enters a deadly world where crime businesses operate with their own sets of merciless rules. For members of the Kansas City Mob, those rules are violated only by those willing to risk—or to inflict—death. In the meantime, Trask has to balance the extreme demands of his caseload with an impending tragedy on his home front. Matching wits with a criminal…
Author(s): Marc Rainer

Best Crime Drama Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some crime drama books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

European Television Crime Drama and Beyond

Author(s): Kim Toft Hansen, Steven Peacock, Sue Turnbull
ID: 2311660, Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

American TV Detective Dramas: Serial Investigations

Author(s): Mareike Jenner
ID: 1480772, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 794 Kb, Format: pdf

Media Representations of Police and Crime: Shaping the Police Television Drama

Author(s): Marianne Colbrana
ID: 1479360, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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