True Crime

    • American Fire
      Monica Hesse

      Documents the trial of a man who was charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia county, sharing insight into the perpetrator's struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend and the impact of the fires on their community.

    • American Heiress
      Jeffrey Toobin

      An account of the 1974 kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst describes the efforts of her family to secure her release, Hearst's baffling participation in a bank robbery and the psychological insights that prompted modern understandings about Stockholm syndrome.

    • The Blood of Emmett Till
      Timothy B. Tyson

      In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. Till's lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.But what actually happened to Emmett Till--not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy?

    • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
      Radley Balko

      Relates the stories of two innocent men who were wrongly accused and convicted of crimes due largely to the legally condoned failures perpetrated by invalid forensic science and institutional racism.

    • A False Report
      T. Christian Miller

      Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists present the true story of two detectives who teamed up to discern the truth about a case involving a teen who was charged with falsely reporting a rape, an investigation that revealed the work of a serial rapist in multiple states.

    • The Feather Thief
      Kirk W. Johnson

      Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives.

    • The Girl on the Velvet Swing
      Simon Baatz

      A chronicle of the events surrounding the 1906 murder trial of millionaire Harry Thaw details the scandalous victimization of actress Evelyn Nesbit and Thaw's public murder of legendary architect Stanford White, a case that tested the limits of the free press and raised awareness of the disproportionate power of Gilded Age tycoons.

    • The Grim Sleeper
      Christine Pelisek

      An investigative reporter describes how she uncovered the alleged identity of a long-time serial killer who has been murdering women in South Central Los Angeles since the 1980s.

    • I'll Be Gone in the Dark
      Michelle McNamara

      An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case, written by the late author of the TrueCrimeDiary.com website, traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.

    • Incendiary
      Michael Cannell

      Documents the nearly two-decade manhunt for a serial bomber in New York, citing the contributions of police captain Howard Finney and psychiatrist James Brussel in developing investigative techniques that would shape new approaches in American law enforcement.

    • Killers of the Flower Moon
      David Grann

      In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The book is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.

    • Midnight Assassin
      Skip Hollandsworth

      In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper.

    • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
      Brad Ricca

      Presents the shocking true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.

    • Ranger Games
      Ben Blum

      Documents the story of a teen Colorado star and aspiring U.S. Army Ranger who inexplicably helped commit an armed robbery hours before being deployed to Iraq, describing the efforts of the author to investigate the influence of the young man's superior and the darker practices of the Ranger indoctrination program.

    • The Spider and the Fly
      Claudia Rowe

      A New York Times journalist traces her psychologically provocative, four-year conversation with a young serial killer who murdered eight women and hid them in the basement of his family home, a relationship that dangerously challenged her sense of self.