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Porinchak, Eve.
One cut

Edwards, Peter
Hard road

Arntfield, Michael.
Murder in plain English

Stapinski, Helene.
Murder in Matera

Marzano-Lesnevich, Alexandria.
The fact of a body

DeStefano, Anthony M.
The big heist

Pelisek, Christine.
The Grim Sleeper

Millman, Lawrence.
At the end of the world

Casey, Kathryn.

MacKinnon, Bobbi-Jean
Shadow of doubt

Bradshaw, Wayne
Jersey tough

Marquis, Greg.
Truth & honour

Brocklehurst, Ann
Dark ambition

Bair, Deirdre.
Al Capone

Patterson, James
Filthy rich

Subtitled: A powerful billionaire, the sex scandal that undid him, and all the justice that money can buy : the shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein

Buchanan, Dan
Murder in the family

The author presents a true-crime story about his blood relative William Henry King, who murdered his wife in the 1850s and became the first and only man executed in Northumberland County's history.

Lowry, Beverly.
Who killed these girls?

A revisitation of a cold case in which four girls -- each one shot in the head--were found in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas in 1991.

Tillman, Laura.
The long shadow of small ghosts

A brilliantly written but heartrending account of how a couple in one of America's poorest cities, Brownsville, Texas, murdered their three children.

Christie, George.
Exile on Front Street

...The tale of how a middle-class electrician gave up a comfortable job with the Department of Defense and swore allegiance to the Hells Angels. In this action-packed, hard-hitting memoir, he recounts his life as an outlaw biker with the world's most infamous motorcycle club"--Provided by publisher.

Griesbach, Michael.

The missing truth about Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and the Making a murderer television show.

Kennedy, Robert Francis

Subtitled: Why Michael Skakel spent over a decade in prison for a murder he didn't commit

Chaudry, Rabia
Adnan's story

Subtitled: The search for truth and Justice after "Serial"

Foster, Nick
The Jolly Roger Social Club

In the remote Bocas del Toro, Panama, William Dathan Holbert, aka "Wild Bill," is awaiting trial for the murder of five fellow American ex-patriots. Holbert's first victims were the Brown family, who lived on a remote island in the area's Darklands. There, Holbert turned their home into the "Jolly Roger Social Club," using drink- and drug-fueled parties to get to know other ex-pats. The club's tagline was: "Over 90% of our members survive." Those odds were not in his victims' favor. But this is not just a book about what Holbert did and the complex financial and real estate motives behind the killings; it is about why Bocas del Toro turned out to be his perfect hunting ground, and why the community tolerated-even accepted-him for a time. Told through the fascinating history of the country of Panama, a paradise with sinister ties to the political and economic interests of the United States, journalist Nick Foster brings this uniquely bizarre place to life; shedding light on a community where many live under assumed names, desperate to leave their old lives behind-and sometimes people just disappear"--Provided by publisher.

Olsen, Gregg.
A killing in Amish country

Subtitled: sex, betrayal, and a cold-blooded murder.

Mathis, Deborah.
Unlucky number

A lottery winner gets more help managing his money than he bargained for.

Van der Leun, Justine.
We are not such things

 Subtitled: the murder of a young American, a South African township, and the search for truth and reconciliation.  A summer nonfiction pick by Entertainment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal.

Summerscale, Kate
The wicked boy

Subtitled: the mystery of a Victorian child murderer.

Jobb, Dean
Empire of deception

Empire of deception is a detailed account of a man and an era; it is a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the dream of easy wealth is a timeless commodity.

Bass, William M.
Identity crisis

Friesen, Joe.
The ballad of Danny Wolfe

Tells the story of the indigenous Canadian man, Danny Wolfe, who lead a life of crime and helped found the Indian Posse street gang.

Connors, Joanna.
I will find you

Setting out to uncover the story of her attacker, Connors embarked on a journey to find out who he was, where he came from, who his friends were and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.

Winslow, Emily
Jane Doe January

Subtitled: My twenty-year search for truth and justice.

MacQuarrie, Patricia
Deadly Canadian women

McShane, Larry.

Subtitled: The life and crimes of Mafia boss Vincent Gigant.

Arvast, Anita.
What killed Jane Creba

A look at the shooting death of fifteen-year-old Jane Creba on Boxing Day 2005 in downtown Toronto and its aftermath, including the sensationalism and prejudice that clouded the story from the outset and the questions that should be asked to find out the whole truth about it.

Lazarus, Eve
Cold case Vancouver

Examines a number of Vancouver, British Columbia's cold murder cases from 1944 to 1996.

Kushner, David
Alligator candy

"On October 28, 1973, 11-year-old Jonathan Kushner hopped on his bike and took off for the 7-Eleven. Jon's four-year-old brother, David, stood on the sidewalk and watched him peddle away. It's a small detail that might have been lost in years of subsequent day, except that this was the last time that David saw Jon alive. Over the years, the questions that haunt him stem from this moment: Could David have changed Jon's mind? If David hadn't begged his brother to buy him a toy, would Jon have gone? Readers experience the sequence of events through the perspective of David as a child: Jon's bike found off the path, Jon's body in the trunk of a car, Jon's funeral. Kids at school said that the killers had pickled Jon's body and put it in a jar. David's father said that David was inside when Jon left and could not have been the last one to see him. What really happened? At 13, David started furtively hunting through the library's microfilmed newspaper articles, searching for information about Jon's death. Teens will relate both to David's need to uncover the truth and his desire to protect his parents from what he discovers. The crime is always presented from David's intensely personal perspective, and his sense of horror is excruciatingly amplified as he realizes that his parents have known the disturbing details all along. More than 40 years later, Kushner, now an acclaimed author and journalist, is ready to tell the story."  School Library Journal

Stratton, Richard
Smuggler's blues

The unlikeliest of kingpins, Richard Stratton, a clean-cut Wellesley boy who entered outlaw culture on a trip to Mexico, he saw his search for a joint morph into a thrill-filled dope run smuggling two kilos across the border in his car door. He became a member of the Hippie Mafia, traveling the world to keep America high, living the underground life while embracing the hippie credo, rejecting hard drugs in favor of marijuana and hashish. With cameos by Whitey Bulger and Norman Mailer, Smuggler's Blues tells Stratton's adventure while centering on his last years as he travels from New York to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley to source and smuggle high-grade hash in the midst of civil war, from the Caribbean to the backwoods of Maine, and from the Chelsea Hotel to the Plaza as his fortunes rise and fall, while he is being pursued by his nemesis, a philosophical DEA agent who respects him for his good business practices"--Provided by publisher.

Martinez, Juan

The trials of the notorious murderess Jodi Arias. Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of Murder One for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death in 2008. What emerged was a story wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit that stunned the public at every turn. Arias, always playing the wronged and innocent woman, changed her story continually as her bizarre behavior surrounding the crime and its aftermath came to light. She at first denied killing Alexander at his home outside Phoenix. Then she admitted shooting and stabbing him nearly 30 times, but said it was in self-defense. She was finally found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Prosecutor Juan Martinez reveals details from the investigation and how he felt losing the death penalty sentence he'd fought for. The truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias, how this seemingly normal girl became a deluded, cunning, and unrepentant murderer. This book takes you inside the mind of Jodi Arias."--Provided by publisher.

Singular, Stephen.
Shadow on the mountain

Carey, Richard Adams
In the evil day

 Violence simmers for 25 years in a small New Hampshire town and then breaks loose.

Sanders, Eli
While the city slept

 While the City Slept is the story of a crime of opportunity and of the string of missed opportunities that made it possible. It shows what can happen when a disturbed member of society repeatedly falls through the cracks.

Flynn, Kevin
Dark heart

 Subtitled: A true story of sex, manipulation, and murder.

Pirro, Jeanine.
He killed them all

"Former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro offers the transfixing true story of her tireless fifteen-year investigation into accused murderer Robert Durst for the disappearance of his wife Kathleen Durst"--Provided by publisher.

Phelps, M. William.
One breath away

" When she was 15, Jennifer Mee developed an unrelenting case of the hiccups--hiccupping as many as 50 times a minute for months. Soon the Florida teen's strange story went viral. Dubbed the "Hiccup Girl" by the media, she gained international sympathy and appeared on a slew of popular TV shows. Eventually, Jennifer's hiccups went away--and so did her fame.  Depressed and craving affection, Jennifer hooked up with the wrong people and slipped into drug dealing and street life--a downward spiral that led to the murder of an innocent young man. Now, renowned investigative journalist M. William Phelps expertly recounts Jennifer's shocking true story of thwarted desires, betrayed trust, and deadly manipulation." Publisher

Klebold, Sue.
A mother's reckoning

The mother of one of the two shooters at Columbine High School draws on personal recollections, journal entries, and video recordings to piece together what led to her son's unpredicted breakdown and share insights into how other families might recognize warning signs.

Lachman, Charles.
Footsteps in the snow

Described as the coldest cold case ever solved, this book deals with the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old girl in Sycamore, Illinois.  The man now charged with the murder maintains his innocence.

Shenher, Lori.
That lonely section of hell

Ex-police detective Lori Shenher describes her harrowing experience of working on Vancouver's infamous Missing and Murdered Women Investigation and how police failures almost enabled convicted serial killer Robert Pickton to get away with his crimes.

English, T. J.
Where the bodies were buried

"From New York Times bestselling author T. J. English, the acknowledged master chronicler of the Irish mob in America, offers a front-row seat at the trial of the greatest Celtic gangster of them all: Whitey Bulger"--Provided by publisher.

Finkel, Michael.
True story

Subtitled murder, memoir, mea culpa, this involves a young man who was accused of killing his entire family and a journalist who was fired for falsifying information.  A movie was based on this story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill.


Hogan, Shanna.
The stranger she loved

Subtitled: : a Mormon doctor, his beautiful wife, and an almost perfect murder.

Arntfield, Michael.
Murder City

The story of how London, Ontario, was the serial capital of the world from 1959-1984.



Fanning, Diane.
Bitter remains

Kurzweil, Allen.
Whipping boy