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Taylor's Picks: Crème de la Crime

by Taylor Baugher on 2021-07-08T11:05:00-04:00 in Staff Picks | Comments

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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.

note: Follow the title links to get a full description or to the "place a hold". We'll pull it for you! 

Cover ArtKillers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Call Number: E 99 .O8 G73 2018
Cover ArtThe True American by Anand Giridharadas
Call Number: 364.1523 G525t, 2014


Cover ArtThe Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn
Call Number: BP 605 .P46 G85 2017
Cover ArtMindhunter by John E. Douglas; Mark Olshaker
Call Number: HV 7911 .D68 M56 2017
Cover ArtThe Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg
Call Number: HV 6533 .W4 E37 2020
Cover ArtFor the Thrill of It by Simon Baatz
Call Number: 364.1523 B111f, 2008
Cover ArtThe Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Call Number: 364.1523 L334d, 2004
Cover ArtHelter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi; Curt Gentry
Cover ArtThe Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
Call Number: HV 6465 .M7 T97 2017
Lethal Passage by Erik Larson
Call Number: 364.1523 L334ℓ, 1994
ISBN: 9780517596777



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