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Patterson, James
All-American murder

Subtitled: The rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the superstar whose life ended on murderers' row

Patterson, James
Murder, interrupted

Rich, cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay Billie Earl Johnson whatever it takes, to the tune of 750,000 dollars. When his bullet misses the mark, Billie Earl and Frank will turn on each other in a fight for their lives... Mother of all murders: Dee Dee Blancharde is a local celebrity. Television reports praise her as a single mother who tirelessly cares for her wheelchair-bound, chronically ill daughter. But when the teenaged Gypsy Rose realizes she isn't actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years, Gypsy Rose exacts her revenge...

Patterson, James
Home sweet murder

Two true-crime tales relate the stories of a couple who were tortured and left for dead after a home invasion, and a double homicide in Omaha, Nebraska.

The New York Times book of crime

"This fascinating book, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, captures the full sweep of the newspaper's reporting on the subject. It examines issues like incarceration, organized crime, and vice (from the Attica Correctional Facility riot to the powerful Medellín Cartel as well as the infamous crimes that riveted the world...With 70 photographs as well as reproductions of front-page stories, here are the noteworthy crime articles from The New York Times archives that are sure to engross readers."--Jacket flap.

Eatwell, Piu Marie.
Black Dahlia, Red Rose

Los Angeles, 1947. A housewife out for a walk with her baby notices a cloud of black flies buzzing ominously in Leimert Park. An "unsightly object" is identified as the mutilated body of Elizabeth Short, an aspiring starlet from Massachusetts who had been lured west by the siren call of Hollywood. Her killer would never be found, but Short's death would bring her the fame she had always sought. Her murder investigation transformed into a real-life film noir, featuring corrupt cops, femmes fatales, gun-slinging gangsters, and hungry reporters, replete with an irresistible, legendary moniker adapted from a recent film--The Black Dahlia.  From Google Books

Sancton, Thomas
The Bettencourt affair

"Was the world's wealthiest woman--Liliane Bettencourt--heir to an estimated thirty-six-billion-dollar L'Oreal fortune, the victim of a con man? Or were her own family the real villains? This riveting narrative tells the real-life, shocking story behind the cause celebre that has captivated both France and the world. Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest person on the planet, as of 2016. But at ninety-four, she's embroiled in an incredible controversy that has dominated the headlines and ensnared a former president of France in the controversy. Why? [It is] thanks to an artist and photographer named Francois-Marie Banier, who was given hundreds of millions of dollars by Liliane. Liliane's daughter, Francoise, considers Banier a con man and filed a lawsuit against him, but Banier has a far different story to tell. It's all become Europe's biggest scandal in years, uncovering a shadowy corporate history, buried World War II secrets, illicit political payoffs, and much more. Written by Tom Sancton, a Vanity Fair contributor and former Time correspondent currently living in France, The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; part business narrative of a glamorous global company with past Nazi connections; and part character-driven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart"--Provided by publisher.

Renner, James
True crime addict

In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of a complicated case that has eluded authorities for more than a decade and a journalist’s own complicated true-crime addiction. website.

Mackenzie, Lee
The charming predator

The author tells her story of meeting impostor Kenner Jones while backpacking in the UK, falling in love with him and eventually marrying him. She details her struggles of dealing with a man who was determined to destroy her emotionally, psychologically and financially.

Elnoury, Tamer.
American radical

It's no secret that federal agencies are waging a broad, global war against terror. But for the first time in this memoir, an active, Muslim American federal agent reveals his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America. A longtime undercover agent, Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit after September 11. Its express purpose is to gain the trust of terrorists whose goals are to take out as many Americans in as public and devastating a way possible. It's a furious race against the clock for Tamer and his unit to stop them before they can implement their plans. Yet as new as this war still is, the techniques are as old as time: Listen, record, and prove terrorist website.

Glatt, John.
My sweet angel

"In January 2015 Lacey Spears was charged with the "depraved mind" murder of her five-year-old son Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that the 27-year old mother had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube. To the outside world Lacey had seemed like the perfect mother, regularly posting dramatic updates on her son's harrowing medical problems. But in reality, Lacey was a text book case of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Using Lacey's own Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts, a prison interview with Lacey herself, as well as interviews with her family and the three police investigators who broke the case, the definitive account of this child murder case that shocked the world."--Provided by publisher.

Bilton, Nick.
American kingpin

Subtitled: The epic hunt for the criminal mastermind behind the Silk Road.  "The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom--and almost got away with it."  Goodreads

Douglas, John E.

Subtitled: inside the FBI's elite serial crime unit

Dawson, Kate Winkler
Death in the air

"In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least six women."

Greenberg, Keith Elliot
Killing for you

Subtitled: A Brave Soldier, a Beautiful Dancer, and a Shocking Double Murder

Phelps, M. William.
Don't tell a soul

Cherry Walker was a devoted, trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman who loved caring for a neighbor's little boy. But when she was asked to testify in court against his abusive mother, Cherry never got the chance. She couldn't lie if her life depended on it--and it did. Goodreads

Rule, Ann.
Practice to deceive

Practice to Deceive is a 2013 book by the American author Ann Rule that details the murder of Russel Douglas, found shot between the eyes in his car on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, Washington, on Christmas Day 2003. Wikipedia

Murnick, Carolyn.
The hot one

"A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend"--Amazon review.

James, Bill
The man from the train

"Legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.  Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal. In turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America.

Cannell, Michael T.

Subtitled "the psychiatrist, the mad bomber, and the invention of criminal profiling," this book tells how a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s New York and how the race to catch him led to a new science.

Cragg, Carys.
Dead reckoning

The author writes of her experiences corresponding with and ultimately meeting the man who murdered her father.

The crime book

An essential guide to criminology, exploring the most infamous cases of all time, from serial killers to mob hits to war crimes and more.

Marzano-Lesnevich, Alexandria.
The fact of a body

Despite having an opposition to capital punishment that was fundamental to her decision to study law, her introduction to this death penalty case while working as intern led Marzano-Lesnevich to a difficult decision, that she actually wanted this particular man to die. Her personal experience and her obsession with this case interweave as a journey towards understanding.

Grann, David.
Killers of the Flower Moon

In the 1920s, the Osage Indians negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” When oil was discovered, the Osage became very rich -- and that’s when they started dying...

Subtitled: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Cole, Trevor
The whisky king

Journalist and novelist Trevor Cole presents a riveting portrayal of notorious Canadian crime figure Rocco Perri and the man who tried to bring him in.

Kratz, Ken.

Subtitled: The case against Steven Avery and what Making a murderer gets wrong.

Porinchak, Eve.
One cut

 A backyard brawl turned media circus filled with gang accusations turns a small, quiet town upside down in this second book in the new Simon True series.

Edwards, Peter
Hard road

Tells the story of Canadian biker Bernie Guindon, founder of the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club.

Lazarus, Eve
Blood, sweat, and fear

A look at the life and career of forensic scientist John F.C.B. Vance, including some of the most notorious cases he worked on.

Stapinski, Helene.
Murder in Matera

A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels.

DeStefano, Anthony M.
The big heist

Subtitled: the real story of the Lufthansa heist, the Mafia, and murder

Pelisek, Christine.
The Grim Sleeper

Grim Sleeper is the nickname for convicted serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., responsible for at least ten murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles, California.

Millman, Lawrence.
At the end of the world

A true-crime account of an Arctic mass murder in the 1940s blends subtly with a prophecy about the dangers of cyberaddiction.

Casey, Kathryn.

Subtitled "The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder," this is a book about a master manipulator and one who could not say no.

Bradshaw, Wayne
Jersey tough

Wayne "Big Chuck" Bradshaw recounts his life--from his time in the U.S. Army, to joining the Pagans motorcycle gang, to becoming an undercover narcotics officer for the New Jersey police department.

Marquis, Greg.
Truth & honour

A prominent New Brunswick businessman is found dead, and his only son is found guilty of second-degree murder.

Brocklehurst, Ann
Dark ambition

A look at the murder of Tim Bosma by Dellen Millard and Mark Smich and the resultant trial, as well as the upcoming trial of Millard and Smich for the murder of Laura Babcock, and Millard's upcoming trial for the murder of his father.

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