Who doesn't love a good true crime? True crime is a form of nonfiction that explores the details of an actual crime and the lives of those involved. True crimes most often deal with murders, especially serial killers, but they also can look into heists, white collar crime, abuse, and much more. Modern true crime books often are told with a narrative style, which is largely credited to have stemmed back to Truman Capote's "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood.
These works can having a lasting impact on the crime itself. Take Michelle McNamara's posthumous book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, for example. Published in 2018, this title is largely thought to have stemmed the renewed interest that led to the capture of the dormant Golden State Killer. Admittedly, there are books that turn these crimes into sensational stories, and those are to be avoided, but for the selected titles below, you'll find factual accounts of crimes with true literary merit.
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