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Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann

A masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, set around an American crime and the birth of the FBI, a thrilling investigative account of a forgotten moment in history.

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Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

Jill Leovy, Dorothy L. Sayers

Based on the best part of a decade embedded with the homicide units of the LAPD, this book takes us onto the streets, inside the homes and into the lives of a community wracked by a homicide epidemic.

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The Family

Chris Johnston, Rosie Jones

A powerful work of investigative journalism that reveals the legacy of a notorious cult.

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The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

Laurence Leamer

Describes the brutal killing of a young black man and subsequent conviction of two Klansmen in 1981 Alabama and the civil suit that exposed the true motives and philosophy of the organization and ultimately bankrupted them.

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 Read reviewWe Are Not Such Things: Murder. Justice. the Search for Truth.

We Are Not Such Things: Murder. Justice. the Search for Truth.

Justine Van der Leun

A `Making A Murderer' set in South Africa - a gripping true-crime story of murder and the justice system in the shadow of apartheidIn 1993 a young white American activist called Amy Biehl was brutally murdered by a group of men in...

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They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Bruce Robinson

A book like no other - the tale of a gripping quest to discover the identity of history's most notorious murderer and a literary high-wire act from the legendary writer and director of Withnail and I.

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 Read reviewA Murder Without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

A Murder Without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

Martin McKenzie-Murray

In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the  grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing  would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly  rearrange the...

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One of Us: The Story of a Massacre and its Aftermath

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre and its Aftermath

Asne Seierstad, Sarah Death

In the tradition of In Cold Blood, the account of a massacre and a gripping portrait of evil, by the author of The Bookseller of Kabul

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Joe Cinque's Consolation

Joe Cinque’s Consolation

Helen Garner

In October 1997, a clever young student at the ANU murdered her boyfriend. She and her best friend were later charged with murder. Garner followed the trial in the ACT Supreme Court. This book is about how and why Joe Cinque died....

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This House Of Grief

Helen Garner

A gripping psychological portrait and a moving exploration of the human condition.

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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

The shocking true story of the Manson murders, revealed in this harrowing, often terrifying book. Helter Skelter won a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award in 1975 for Best Fact Crime Book. America watched in fascinated horror...

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and writing the story...

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Murder In Mississippi

Murder In Mississippi

John Safran

This is a dazzling adventure in crime, race and genre. Funny and frightening, challenging and bizarre, Safran has written exactly the sort of idiosyncratic book one would have hoped, and revealed himself as a talented prose writer...

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The Executioner's Song

The Executioner’s Song

Norman Mailer

A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of murderer Gary Gilmore's desire to die. In 1976 he robbed two men and then shot them in cold blood. His subsequent battle with the authorities for the right to die made him a worldwide celebrity...

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Certain Admissions: A Beach, A Body And A Lifetime Of Secrets

Certain Admissions: A Beach, A Body And A Lifetime Of Secrets

Gideon Haigh

Certain Admissions is Australian true crime at its best, and stranger than any crime fiction. It is real-life police procedural, courtroom drama, family saga, investigative journalism, social history, archival treasure...

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Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial

Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial

Janet Malcolm

Deals with a murder trial in the insular Bukharan-Jewish community of Forest Hills, Queens, that captured national attention. The defendant, Mozoltuv Barukhova, a beautiful young physician, is accused of hiring an assassin to kill...

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The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception

The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception

Emmanuel Carrere

Acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrere, whose fiction John Updike described as 'stunning' (New Yorker) explores the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes...

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Robert Kolker

A literary account of the lives and presumed serial killings of five Craigslist prostitutes, whose bodies were found on the same Long Island beach in 2010. Based on the New York magazine cover story --

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The Journalist And The Murderer

The Journalist And The Murderer

Janet Malcolm, Ian Jack

In 1970 Jeffrey MacDonald was accused of murdering his pregnant wife, and the journalist Joe McGinniss decided to write a book about it. Malcolm's celebrated book sheds a fascinating light on the conflict and controversy that...

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

John Berendt

John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in...

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