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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.

1. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (2017)

Best True Crime Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDiscover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares. During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most…
Author(s): John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

2. 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

3. 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. Of a marriage crumbling at its foundation. Of a meddlesome New York mother-in-law whose running critique left Jason…
Author(s): Steven B Epstein

4. 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. But when one informant fell in love with him, passion and duty would collide with tragic results.   A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith was a young, attractive, struggling single mother. She…
Author(s): Joe Sharkey

5. 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. After a search warrant on their house revealed several suspicious items, the Cochrans abruptly moved to Indiana. As questions swirled around the case, the whereabouts of Chris Regan remained unknown.   Sixteen months later…
Author(s): M. William Phelps

6. 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. Filled with current statistical data, its purpose is to present a realistic look at youth offenders and a better understanding about this disruptive social condition…
Author(s): Debbie J. Goodman, Ron Grimming

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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. As her father Darren discovered the horrific details of what happened to his darling girl, his world fell apart.Writing about the darkest hours, Darren uncovers what Becky’s relationship with her step-brother Nathan, a child he had raised as his own son, was really like. He recalls the devastation of discovering the truth…
Author(s): Darren Galsworthy

10. 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

11. 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.   On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in…
Author(s): John Bloom, Jim Atkinson

12. 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

13. 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. Not because of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her. A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction, High Achiever spans Tiffany’s life…
Author(s): Tiffany Jenkins

14. 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. This book provides an examination of the history of gangs, socio-psychological aspects of individual and group behavior, the major theories and socio-economic reasons as to why gangs exist, descriptions of all types of gangs, as well as law enforcement techniques. For those in law…
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 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.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered

Author(s): Amber Hunt, Emily G. Thompson
Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley), Year: 2019, Size: 57 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2325368

The Darkest Places: Unsolved Mysteries, True Crimes, and Harrowing Disasters in the Wild

Author(s): The Editors of Outside Magazine
Publisher: Falcon Guides, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2363689

Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

Author(s): Rachel Monroe
Publisher: Scribner, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2401204

True Crime Stories: 3 True Crime Books Collection (Book 4, 5 & 6)

Author(s): Jack Rosewood
Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2237609

Deadly Secrets: A True Crime Anthology

Author(s): Richard Hammer
Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2245593

Thomas H. Cook’s True Crime: Blood Echoes and Early Graves

Author(s): Thomas H. Cook
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2255425

Missouri Outlaws: Bandits, Rebels & Rogues

Author(s): Paul Kirkman
Publisher: History Pr, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2278157

Shocking and Sensational: The Stories Behind Famous True Crime and Scandal Books

Author(s): Julian Upton
Publisher: Exposit, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2289404

Toward a Theory of True Crime Narratives: A Textual Analysis

Author(s): Ian Case Punnett
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2303848

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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