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Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Looking for the best True Crime books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

Blood and Money (1976)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfBlood and Money by Thomas Thompson. Carroll & Graf Publishers,1976
Author(s): Thomas Thompson

Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case (2019)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWas Jason the monster who bludgeoned his beautiful wife to death, leaving his toddler alone for hours to walk through her blood? If so–would he get away with it? To the outside world, Jason and Michelle Young lived a storybook life–an attractive couple with great jobs, a beautiful home, a precocious two-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way. Soon after the 29-year-old pregnant mother’s brutally beaten body was discovered on their bedroom floor, a very different picture emerged.
Author(s): Steven B Epstein

Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and a Murder of Passion (2017)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWhen rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam received his first assignment in 1987, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream, if not the most desirable location. Pikeville, Kentucky, is high in Appalachian coal country, an outpost rife with lawlessness dating back to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a rising star in the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug rings and bank robbers.
Author(s): Joe Sharkey

Where Monsters Hide: Sex, Murder, and Madness in the Midwest (2019)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIn October 2014, after Chris Regan failed to arrive at his new job, his ex-girlfriend filed a missing-person report. Something was off. It was not like Chris, a devoted father, avid hiker, and all-around great guy, not to show up. When local Michigan police chief Laura Frizzo learned Chris was having an affair with Kelly Cochran, a married co-worker, suspicion fell on her husband, Jason.
Author(s): M. William Phelps

Juvenile Justice: A Collection of True-Crime Cases (2007)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfJuvenile crime is one of the nation’s most serious crime problems. As part of Prentice Hall’s Reality Reading Series, this case book explores the topic using provocative, high-profile cases. Written in a unique police-style, the casebook examines poignant questions about juveniles and is designed to encourage vibrant discussion about these real situations.
Author(s): Debbie J. Goodman, Ron Grimming

Death Trap (2010)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIn this disturbing true account, Jessica McCord, after a nasty divorce and bitter custody battle, decides to get revenge on her ex-husband and his new wife by leading them into a deadly trap that cost them their lives. Original.
Author(s): M. William Phelps

A Fever in the Heart: Ann Rule’s Crime Files Volume III (1996)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfPaperback book, 1996. More true crime stories from Ann Rule.
Author(s): Ann Rule

The Evil Within (2017)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfPreviously published as Becky, this is the heartbreaking story behind the murder of 16-year-old Bristol schoolgirl Becky Watts, a crime that shocked the nation and tore a family in two.A vulnerable and shy girl, Becky Watts was brutally murdered and dismembered by her own step-brother on 19 February 2015.
Author(s): Darren Galsworthy

Suffer the Little Children (True Crime) (1999)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfProvides a shocking true account of Jesse James Cummings, a twisted psychopath filled with rage and hate, who tortured and sexually abused young girls, forced his wives into prostitution, and murdered his niece, Melissa Moody. Reissue.
Author(s): Barbara Davis

Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs (2018)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfCandy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.
Author(s): John Bloom, Jim Atkinson

Ann Rule: You Belong to Me and Other True Crime Cases (Mass Market Paperback); 1994 Edition ()

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfPaperback Publisher: Ann Rule (1672) ASIN: B01FOD4YDQ Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,200,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Author(s): Jan 1, 1672

High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life (2019)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWhen word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked.
Author(s): Tiffany Jenkins

American Street Gangs (2005)

 Best True Crime Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis book provides a comprehensive review of all the critical elements relevant to the growing phenomenon of gang life. It is designed to provide the necessary background material of gangs so that readers gain a clear idea of the cultural and structural components of gang activity.
Author(s): Tim Delaney

Best True Crime Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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 Library Genesis and download some true crime 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.

Reader’s Digest True Crime: Tales of Murder & Mayhem

Author(s): Reader’s Digest
ID: 2446032, Publisher: Reader’s Digest, Year: 22 Oct 2019, Size: 39 Mb, Format: epub

Deadly Women Volume 14: 20 Shocking True Crime Cases of Women Who Kill

Author(s): Keller, Robert
ID: 3693612, Publisher: , Year: 2023, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

True Crime in American Media

Author(s): George S. Larke-Walsh (editor)
ID: 3710328, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

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