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Brown, Jim
The golden boy of crime

A biography of Norman "Red" Ryan, known as "the Jesse James of Canada." Ryan became an infamous bank robber in the 1920s and '30s. He was one of the first Canadians to be granted parole, and became a Canadian celebrity. All the while, Ryan continued a crime spree on the side, until he was gunned down in an attempted robbery in Sarnia, Ontario.

Nagy, Timea.
Out of the shadows

The unforgettable story of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances who defies the odds. Timea Nagy was twenty years old when she answered a newspaper ad in Budapest, Hungary, calling for young women to work as housekeepers and babysitters in Canada. Interviewed and hired by what seemed like a bona fide recruitment agency, Timea left her home on the promise she would earn good money to send home to her family. She had no idea that she'd been lured by a ring of international human traffickers. Upon her arrival in Toronto, she was forced into sex labour in some of the city's seediest nightclubs and kept by her "agents" for three months until she escaped. This is her captivating, heartbreaking but redemptive story. It takes readers from the early years of Timea's life in Communist Hungary, offering a look inside an austere but complicated world ruled by community, restriction and struggle; then, to the dark, abusive three months working as a sex slave in a country that Timea once believed would offer her freedom and opportunity; and, finally, through the heart-pounding escape Timea plots. Compelling and sweeping, balancing a tragic and unbelievable experience with a powerful story of grace, Timea Nagy's journey is one that will stay with you.

Harman, Claire.
Murder by the book the crime that shocked Dickens's London

From the prize-winning biographer--the fascinating, little-known story of a Victorian-era murder that rocked literary London, leading Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and Queen Victoria herself to wonder: can a novel kill? In May 1840, Lord William Russell, well known in London's highest social circles, was found with his throat cut. The brutal murder had the whole city talking. The police suspected Russell's valet, Courvoisier, but the evidence was weak. And the missing clue lay in the unlikeliest place: what Courvoisier had been reading.

Humes, Edward.
Burned

Lazarus, Eve
Murder by milkshake

The compelling story of a murder case in Vancouver in 1965. When Esther Castellani died a slow and agonizing death, the cause was at first undetermined. But soon, her husband, Rene, was charged with capital murder for poisoning his wife with arsenic-laced milkshakes. Their daughter, eleven-year-old Jeannine, clung to her father's innocence, even committing perjury during his trial.

Casey, Kathryn.
In plain sight

Macintyre, Ben
The spy and the traitor

A biography of Oleg Gordievsky who went from being a senior KGB officer to a British secret agent.

Russo, Gus.
Best of enemies

"The story of two Cold War spies - CIA agent Jack Platt and KGB agent Genya Vasilenko - and their improbable friendship at a time when they should have been anything but."--Provided by publisher.

Lazarus, Eve
Murder by milkshake

The compelling story of a murder case in Vancouver in 1965. When Esther Castellani died a slow and agonizing death, the cause was at first undetermined. But soon, her husband, Rene, was charged with capital murder for poisoning his wife with arsenic-laced milkshakes. Their daughter, eleven-year-old Jeannine, clung to her father's innocence, even committing perjury during his trial.

Fox, Margalit.
Conan Doyle for the defense

Subtitled: the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer

Patterson, James
Murder, interrupted

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...

Vronsky, Peter.
Sons of Cain

Subtitled: a history of serial killers from the stone age to the present

Collins, Max Allan.
Scarface and the untouchable

Wiehl, Lis W.
Hunting Charles Manson

Subtitled: the quest for justice in the days of helter skelter

Melnick, Jeffrey Paul.
Creepy crawling

Subtitled: Charles Manson and the many lives of America's most infamous family

Schechter, Harold.
Hell's princess

Subtitled: "the mystery of Belle Gunness, butcher of men."

Casey, Kathryn.
In plain sight

"From the critically-acclaimed writer who Ann Rule called, "one of the best in the true crime genre," comes the harrowing account of the Kaufman County prosecutor killings"--Provided by publisher.

Glenny, Misha.
McMafia

Subtitled: "a journey through the global criminal underworld."

Patterson, James
Murder beyond the grave

Two short true crime stories, Murder beyond the grave and Murder in paradise, as shown on the Discovery Murder is forever TV series.

McNamara, Michelle.
I'll be gone in the dark

"The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case." Amazon

Baatz, Simon.
The girl on the velvet swing

Subtitled: Sex, murder, and madness at the dawn of the twentieth century

   

 

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.

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. Amazon.com 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 intent--Amazon.com 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.

Douglas, John E.
Mindhunter

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."  amazon.com

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.

Cragg, Carys.
Dead reckoning

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

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.