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"Masters of True Crime is a riveting collection of short stories told by veteran crime writers. Once you begin to read this book, you will have trouble putting down. A disturbing, albeit fascinating, read."--Kathleen M. Heide, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology, University of South Florida, author of Why Kids Kill Parents and Young Killers

"R. Barri Flowers has assembled a chilling selection of recent writing by both new and old masters of true crime literature in a dazzling array of the sinister, absurd, and just purely evil." --Peter Vronsky, author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

"Striking, well-written tales sparkle in this ocean of murder. Crimes spanning a century and stretching across an ocean are a diverse collection of the macabre." --Diane Fanning, author of Mommy's Little Girl

"Written by a talented and gifted group of writers. In my opinion, this book should be a mandatory purchase and read for any true crime buff. It is, indeed, an exceptional collection of true crime stories." --Steven A. Egger, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Criminology Program at the University of Houston, Clear Lake

"A fascinating, must-read compendium of true crime by some of the genre's leading authors." --Gary C. King, bestselling author of Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer

"Absolute bone-chilling and sinister accounts of murder and mayhem. . . . Readers get an extreme front-row seat to seventeen terrifying tales. Well written and captivating."
-Jennifer Chase, Criminologist and award-winning author

"The detailed reporting only makes these jaw-dropping tales more chilling. Do not read this alone."
-Kathleen Sharp, Author of Blood Feud

"Incredible cases, psychopathic killers, unwitting victims, along with the very best writers make for an exciting, no-holds-barred, soon-to-be true-crime classic."
-Dan Zupansky, Host of True Murder

"A riveting collection of short stories told by veteran crime writers. Once you begin to read this book, you will have trouble putting it down. . . . It is a disturbing, albeit fascinating, read."
-Kathleen M. Heide, PhD, Author of Why Kids Kill Parents

"This book should be a mandatory purchase and read for any true-crime buff. . . . An exceptional collection of true-crime stories."
-Steven A. Egger, PhD, Associate professor and chair of the Criminology Program at the University of Houston–Clear Lake

From the Author

As editor of this superb collection of seventeen gripping true crime tales, it was great to work with so many bestselling and award winning true crime all stars. These include Harold Schechter, Katherine Ramsland, Burl Barer, Carol Ann Davis, Cathy Scott, Robert Scott, Patricia Spinger, Linda Rosencrance, Robert J. Watkins, Amanda Lamb, Michele McPhee,  Camille Kimball, Lee Lofland., Phyllis Gobbell, Doug Jones, and Laura James. 

For true crime fans, this anthology is bound to become a classic that you will likely want to read more than once to fully grasp the range of crimes, criminals, victims, settings, and outcome.

Best,

R. Barri Flowers

Author of The Sex Slave Murders, Serial Killer Couples, Mass Murder in the Sky, and Dark Streets of Whitechapel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145675
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Truth may be stranger than fiction, but this collection of true crime reporting is all the more gruesome than the mysteries manufactured to titillate the reader. Chronicled in seventeen chapters are reports of some of the most shocking and brutal crimes perpetrated by an assortment of evil, depraved individuals. Most of the described abominations occurred within the past fifty years. The authors for the most part are experienced crime writers, some have judicial backgrounds, others are professional psychologists. Within this anthology crimes by serial killers, psychopaths, and other miscreants are analyzed and recreated from court records, historical archives, newspaper articles, and police reports. The horror of the act is chillingly described, and the injuries not only to victim but to friends and family is painstakingly recalled.
Recall the kidnapping victims whose bodies are discovered after a length of time, the mail bomb murders, the case of the world’s worst woman, and the arsonist who enjoyed hearing the victim’s screams. Unlike fiction, not all the crimes are solved, some of the investigators are flawed, and the reader can be alarmed at the thought of the many warped yet normal appearing individuals we encounter daily. Captivating reading though the writing is uneven in places.
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I bought this book for one story, Lee Lofland's, Murder on Minor Avenue about a murder that took place in Hudson, Ohio. Lee delivered the story in true crime reporting way, as did the other writers in the book. While I prefer creative non-fiction, I believe these experts' stories were delivered well. If you love true crime, you will love this. I just prefer to get into the minds of the characters more than this genre allows.

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Most of the stories are intriguing and written by some respected crime writers. I bought it to read about a local story, but a good variety of cases.
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I really wanted to like this book because the audio version was given to me for an honest review. I also purchased the Kindle book. Apparently I didn't like true crime as much as I thought I would, although I have enjoyed full-length books about specific true life crimes (like Ann Rule books) Because the entries were shorter there was less background on the why of the murders. It was a good book, just not great in my eyes. There was nothing "wrong" with it. It definitely is one I would recommend if you like true crime.
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