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Staff Picks - True Crime

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Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran (327.12 LEVINSON)
by Barry Meier
A real-life thriller looks at the disappearance of a CIA contractor from Iran and the international manhunt to find him.

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray (363.233 RENNER)
by James Renner
The author traces his obsessive quest to solve the 2004 disappearance of Maura Murray, discussing how his initial fascination with true crime led him to a career in investigative journalism.

The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story (364.152 DAVIS)
by Miriam C. Davis
From 1910 to 1919, New Orleans suffered at the hands of its very own Jack the Ripper–style killer. The story has been the subject of websites, short stories, novels, a graphic novel, and most recently the FX television series American Horror Story.

The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise (364.152 HOLBERT)
by Nick Foster
Describes the complex financial schemes and killings perpetrated by William "Wild Bill" Holbert, an American expatriate in a remote part of Panama, who held alcohol- and drug-fueled parties in the home of his first victims.

H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil (364.152 MUDGETT)
by Adam Selzer
Provides an in-depth, detailed, historical account of the serial killer who took advantage of the crowds drawn to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago to select his victims, many of whom lived in his boardinghouse “castle” of horrors.

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder (364.152 POOK)
by Paul Thomas Murphy
Details the violent investigation into the first unsolved murder case of the Victorian Era by following one of Scotland Yard's top detectives, John Mulvany, as he sets out to prove that wealthy Edmund Pook brutally murdered a young maid who was two months' pregnant with his child.

Smoked: The True Story About the Kids Next Door (364.1523)
by Leon Bing
The true story of David Adkins and Burton Vincent Hebrock reveals how, in a confusing night of rage, these two young men murdered their girlfriends with a shotgun and then blamed each other for the crime.

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences (364.1523)
by Truman Capote
An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

The Murder of the Century (364.1523)
by Paul Collins
Traces the 1897 murder that initiated a tabloid war between media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, chronicling the efforts of an anxious police officer, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor to solve the crime.

The Annals of Unsolved Crime (364.1523 E646)
by Edward Jay Epstein
An insider's guide to the art of reporting draws on more than four decades of investigative work to provide revisionary insights into some of the most controversial and mysterious crimes from the past two centuries.

Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod (364.1523 W933)
by Maria Flook
Describes how Christa Worthington, a critically acclaimed fashion writer, sought refuge and a simpler life as a single mother on Cape Cod, only to become the victim of a brutal, still unsolved murder on January 6, 2002, in Truro, Massachusetts, in a close-up look at the victim's life, the crime that took her life, her troubled family, and the suspects in the crime.

A Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case (364.1523 F667)
by John Follain
A London Times journalist presents a comprehensive account of the highly publicized trial of Amanda Knox, drawing on hundreds of first-hand interviews and access to complete case files to assess the true story and media sensation surrounding the 2007 murder of her roommate and Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's arrests.

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of China (364.1523)
by Paul French
Chronicles the efforts of two detectives--one British and one Chinese--as they raced to find an Englishwoman's killer in 1937 before the Japanese invaded Peking.

Murder in Spokane : Catching a Serial Killer (364.1523)
by Mark Fuhrman
The author journeys to the American Northwest to describe the brutal murders of Spokane prostitutes in a case that took a bizarre turn when the serial killer began playing with police investigators.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (364.1523 M944)
by Erik Larson
A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths

Reasonable Doubt : The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen (364.1523)
by Peter Manso
Chronicles the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington and the ensuing trial and conviction of trash collector Christopher McCowen, revealing the conflicting testimony, crime-scene contamination and police misconduct that have caused many to believe that McCowen is innocent.

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up (364.1523)
by Richard Lloyd Parry
Twenty-one-year-old Lucie Blackman stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. Richard Lloyd Parry, a foreign correspondent, covered Lucie’s disappearance and followed the search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial.

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago (364.1523)
by Douglas Perry
Documents the true stories of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan, the women whose murder trials inspired the musical "Chicago," and traces the contributions of fledgling reporter Maurine Watkins against a backdrop of Chicago's Jazz Age culture.

Blind Eye : How the Medical Establishment let a Doctor get Away with Murder (364.1523 S972)
by James B. Stewart
An electrifying exploration of the exploits of serial killer Michael Swango shows how an apparently respectable young doctor murdered patients and poisoned co-workers while being consistently protected by an oblivious and dangerously secretive medical establishment.

Innocent Until Interrogated: The True Story of the Buddhist Temple Massacre and the Tucson Four (364.1523 S972)
by Gary L. Stuart
Recounts the events surrounding the murders of nine Buddhist temple members near Phoenix, Arizona, and the arrest of four men known as "The Tucson Four" who were coerced into confessing and held despite there being no physical evidence to connect them to the crime

Morgue: A Life in Death (616.07 DI MAIO)
by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell
A renowned pathologist and a veteran crime writer describe the most famous and interesting cases of the doctor's career, including the exhuming of Lee Harvey Oswald and the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder (813.3)
by Daniel Stashower
Traces the July 1841 murder investigation that was marked by sensational media coverage and the debut of Edgar Allen Poe, whose short stories "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget" associated him with the crime.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story (975.8724)
by John Berendt
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the early morning hours. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.