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10 books about crime
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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas
Category: Law Enforcement
This book was published 4 years ago by Gallery Books and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.
Now a Netflix original series Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals. In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares. During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life. As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood by Gregg Olsen
Category: Murder & Mayhem
This book was published 2 years ago by Thomas & Mercer and takes approximately 14.3 hours to read.
An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen's shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother's house of horrors. After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle's talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now. For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother's dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders. Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor's story of absolute evil--and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today--loving, loved, and moving on.
Poison: The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners by Ben Hubbard
Category: Murder & Mayhem
This book was published last year by Welbeck Publishing and takes approximately 5.9 hours to read.
Poison documents the tales of the users and victims of these mysterious substances. Profiles of the most commonly used toxins of each era reveal how poisoners have harnessed these natural killers to achieve their ends.
The Big Book of Serial Killers by Jack Rosewood
Category: Murder & Mayhem
This book was published 4 years ago by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and takes approximately 14.7 hours to read.
There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad. Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world's most heinous murderers.
Serial Killer Trivia: Fascinating Facts and Disturbing Details That Will Freak You the F*ck Out by Michelle Kaminsky
Category: Murder & Mayhem
This book was published last year by Ulysses Press and takes approximately 10.4 hours to read.
The Ultimate Collection of Serial Killer Trivia for True Crime Fanatics This bloody and completely true trivia collection will horrify and intrigue readers, with answers to questions like "What was John Wayne Gacy's last meal?", "Which serial killer was captured because of a bloody footprint left on his victim?", "Who was the FBI agent credited with coining the term 'serial killer'?" and "How was one mass murderer able to get away with selling his victim's skeletons to medical students?" Perfect for any murderino, true crime junkie or connoisseur of macabre tales, this fact-packed book quizzes readers on their true crime knowledge and offers fascinating stories of well-known murderers as well as lesser-known, but just as nefarious, killers. You'll be surprised at how many fascinating tidbits you'll learn about the world's most cold-blooded and dangerous people.
Cold Cases: A True Crime Collection: Unidentified Serial Killers, Unsolved Kidnappings, and Mysterious Murders (Including the Zodiac Killer, Natalee ... the Golden State Killer and More) by Cheyna Roth
Category: Murder & Mayhem
This book was published last year by Ulysses Press and takes approximately 9.3 hours to read.
Discover the fascinating true crime stories of JonBenét Ramsey, the Black Dahlia, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft, the Amber Alert case, the Cleveland Torso Murders, and more—a must-read for murderinos, armchair detectives, and online sleuths of all kinds! From mystifying heists to shocking murders, Cold Cases: A True Crime Collection features case file facts, fascinating details, and chilling testimonies of the world’s most famous cold cases. Written for true crime junkies who love to speculate on the facts and theories surrounding their favorite cases, this book reads like you’re having a conversation with a friend or listening to your favorite crime podcast. Each chapter delves deep into the facts, while also illuminating the many theories surrounding these mysteriously fascinating cases: - The Zodiac Killer - The disappearance of Natalee Holloway - The murder of JonBenét Ramsey - The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist - The Kingsbury Run murders, aka the Cleveland Torso murders - The Black Dahlia murder - The Freeway Phantom murders - D. B. Cooper’s airplane heist - The Amber Alert case (the death of Amber Hagerman) - The Golden State Killer
The Dancing Girls: An absolutely gripping crime thriller with nail-biting suspense (Detective Jo Fournier) by M.M. Chouinard
Category: Small Town & Rural
This book was published 2 years ago by Bookouture and takes approximately 10.2 hours to read.
'Loved it, loved it, loved it!!... If I could give it 6 stars I would! In this current climate of 'twists you will never see coming' - believe me... you will never see this coming!... Cannot wait for the next book!... Best book I have read for some time.' NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars The light in her wide brown eyes dimmed as she drew her last breath. She might have been beautiful lying there on the floor, if it wasn't for the purple marks on her neck and the angry red line on her finger where her wedding band used to be... When Jeanine Hammond is found dead in a hotel in the picture-perfect town of Oakhust, newly-promoted Detective Jo Fournier is thrown into a disturbing case. Who would murder this shy, loving wife and leave her body posed like a ballerina? Jo wants to know why Jeanine's husband is so controlling about money, and where Jeanine's wedding ring is, but before she and her team can get close to the truth, another woman is found strangled in a hotel, arms placed gracefully above her head like a dancer. While digging through old case files, Jo makes a terrifying link to a series of cold cases: each victim bears the same strangulation marks. But the FBI won't take Jo seriously, and if she disobeys direct orders by investigating the killings outside of her jurisdiction, it will mean the end of the career she's already sacrificed so much for, even her relationship. Just as Jo is beginning to lose hope, she finds messages on the victims' computers that make her question whether these small-town women were hiding big lies. Jo thinks this is the missing link, but she knows the murderer is moments away from selecting his next victim. Will it lead her to the most twisted killer of her career in time, or will another innocent life be lost? An absolutely unputdownable and brilliant new crime thriller series that fans of Robert Dugoni, Lisa Regan and Melinda Leigh will devour in one sitting. Read what everyone is saying about The Dancing Girls: 'Wow, Wow, Wow... the most exciting new author I have read for a long time... Extremely addictive and left me wanting more. This book has everything... and a huge unexpected twist you will not see coming. I can't emphasise enough how much enjoyment I got from reading this... suffice to say I'll be queuing up for the next... Well-deserved 5 stars - Wow.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars 'That ending! Holy moly I did not see that coming. A twist to end all twists! It was fantastic... Really look forward to more books in this series. If they are anything like this one, they are all going to be winners!' Once Upon A Time Book Reviews, 5 stars 'Going to be a fantastic series... Will keep you up for most of the night as you just won't want to put it down... THEN BAM... a twist at the end that will blow you away, I certainly didn't see it coming... loved it... You'll want to add this one to your list! Will be looking forward to #2.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexico Trip from Hell by Paul Wilson
This book was published 2 years ago by Ocean Front Publishing and takes approximately 8.9 hours to read.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.
Transient Desires: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries, 30) by Donna Leon
Category: Police Procedurals
This book was published this year by Atlantic Monthly Press and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
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Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid
Category: Forensic Science
This book was published 5 years ago by Grove Press and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
In the course of researching her best-selling books, McDermid has become familiar with many branches of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science and the people who make sure that for murderers, there is no hiding place. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Now available in paperback, "Forensics" goes behind the scenes with some of these top-level professionals and their groundbreaking research, drawing on original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists. Along the way, we discover how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. The journey takes us to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, reveals both extraordinary bravery and true wickedness, as we trace the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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