Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Best True Crime Books (and Authors)
While many books in this genre cover popular, well-known, notorious crimes, other books will focus on lesser-known, obscure crimes. After all, the media only reports crimes that they feel the public can handle. Reading books in the true crime genre is an ideal way to learn about the gruesome and heinous crimes that may have taken place in your own backyard!
Below are the best true crime books and their authors that exist in the genre today. If you feel I should add to this list, let me know in the comments section below!
JonBenet by Steve Thomas, Donald A Davis
JonBenet Ramsey in explicit detail. The account is so factual you can't help but agree that his theories are wholly truthful. As one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in recent times, author Thomas explains how evidence was tainted from the first moments of the discovery of JonBenet's body, resulting in one of the most frustrating investigations in Boulder, Colorado -- and United States -- history. Fans of true crime will eat this novel up, while those who read the true crime genre less frequently will be enthusiastically glued to the pages until the end.
Here are more books about JonBenet Ramsey. Click on the pictures of the books below to review them in more detail on Amazon.com.
Glenn Puit's five books, I have read Witch (2005) and Father of the Year (2009). Since reading Witch, I've never been able to shake the thought there might be dead bodies in trash cans nearby each time I visit my storage unit. His other novels included the recently released Ghost (2011), In Her Prime (2009) and Fire in the Desert (2006).
Father of the Year review: Dreamworld Book Reviews -- Father of the Year by Glenn Puit
Click on the pictures of the books below to review them in more detail on Amazon.com.
Jack Olsen breaks down both the crime and murderer; respectfully helping readers understand why each occurred. Like Glenn Puit, Olsen possesses the gift of structuring true crime tales in the most graceful, put-together manner without making his stories sound like cheap tabloids. Olsen sympathizes with the victims while at the same time educating readers on character flaws and questionable upbringings that make murderers into the monsters they are. Writing true crime since 1960, Olsen has more than thirty books under his belt, although not all are true crime. My favorite book by Olsen is Salt of the Earth (1996) and I definitely plan on reading more. Olsen's most recent titles before his passing include The Happy Face Killer (2008), I: The Creation of a Serial Killer (2002) and Charmer: The True Story of a Ladies' Man and His Victims (1994).
Click on each of the pictures of the books below to review them in more detail on Amazon.com.
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Dave Cullen. Through articulate research and thorough interviews, Cullen brings to light new facts and truths surrounding the events of April 20, 1999. While the public generally speculates on the "whys" behind the killers' motives, Cullen tactfully gears readers in a more plausible and realistic direction, which is one of the key reasons this book is incredible and amazing. In addition to being a New York Times bestseller, Columbine has also won countless awards and has ended up on numerous "Best of 2009" lists.
Here are more books about the Columbine Shooting. Click on any of the pictures of the books below to review them in more detail on Amazon.com.
Columbine review: Dreamworld Book Reviews -- Columbine by Dave Cullen
What are your favorite true crime books? Who are your favorite true crime authors?
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