Top True-Crime Books

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The list author says: "I love true-crime books, but I often get bored with the last part of the book dealing with the trial. These books below have either no trial sections, or have trial sections that held my interest."
Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster
1.  Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster by Harold Schechter
The list author says:
  "Simply one of the most gripping stories of a madman ever told.  The great bonus to this book are the many insights about life in the 20's.  You feel transported and can imagine so many details of things, mannerisms and customs of the time.  Then there is the hunt for the killer.  Fantastic."
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The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
2.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "So much more than a crime book!  America's first serial killer (or first one caught, anyway), and he was a horrible one, but history buffs will also eat up all the 1890's setting.  A great book."
$10.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,110 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
3.  Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
  "Amazing story!  The hunt for the world's biggest drug lord."
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Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief
4.  Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason
The list author says:
  "So that's how it's done!  A mesmerizing look at a real professional thief."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy
5.  The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy by Stephen G. Michaud
The list author says:
  "A disturbing and riveting story."
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Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire
6.  Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
  "Title says it all."
$10.68   Used & New from: $0.37
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
7.  Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by Douglas Century
The list author says:
  "Title says it all."
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Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia
8.  Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone
The list author says:
  "Better than the movie."
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The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez
9.  The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez by Philip Carlo
The list author says:
  "Twisted and twisted.  Makes you double check your locks."
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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.)
10.  Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (P.S.) by James L. Swanson
The list author says:
  "You only think you know this story."
$12.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders
11.  The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco
The list author says:
  "One of the most wicked of all serial killers. This book walks the line between non-fiction and historical novel due to the amount of dialog written, though it is all based on factual events.  It is hard to put down and hard to grasp as something that once happened."
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Education of a Felon: A Memoir
12.  Education of a Felon: A Memoir by Edward Bunker
The list author says:
  "A fascinating memoir about this man's life and a glimpse into the criminal world of decades ago."
$15.71   Used & New from: $2.77
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder
13.  Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder by James B. Stewart
The list author says:
  "Amazing and horrible in so many ways."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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In Cold Blood
14.  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million
15.  Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
  "The story of what an idiot does after finding $1 million bucks."
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AN Invisible Man: The Hunt for a Serial Killer Who Got Away With a Decade of Murder
16.  AN Invisible Man: The Hunt for a Serial Killer Who Got Away With a Decade of Murder by Stephanie A. Stanley
The list author says:
  "It's not just what this man did, it's how the law kept missing their chances to catch him."
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Crash Out: The True Tale of a Hell's Kitchen Kid and the Bloodiest Escape in Sing Sing History
17.  Crash Out: The True Tale of a Hell's Kitchen Kid and the Bloodiest Escape in Sing Sing History by David Goewey
The list author says:
  "A good full account of an escape gone wrong."
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Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
18.  Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho by Harold Schechter
The list author says:
  "Well told and simply spooky."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

Columbine
19.  Columbine by Dave Cullen
The list author says:
  "If your memory relies on news coverage at the time, then you do not know what really happened or what drove the boys to do what they did.  Much of that was completely wrong or incomplete.  Through detailed research, this tells all."
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Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America
20.  Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America by Kent Walker
The list author says:
  "His mom was not a nice person."
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Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box
21.  Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box by Christine McGuire
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The Stranger Beside Me
22.  The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
The list author says:
  "A view of the Bundy saga by someone who knew him well at the time."
$5.49   Used & New from: $0.50
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