Ten True Crime Tales for Mystery Fans

Mystery Month

Before this summer’s hottest true crimeNick Foster’s The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise (a Booklist starred review)—hits the new release shelf this July, send mystery-loving patrons home with these chilling tales of murder, malfeasance, and mayhem that are all too real.

 

Arc of Justice - A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle

 

Black Mass - The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, by Dick Lehr

Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, by Dick Lehr

 

A Civil Action - A Real-Life Legal Thriller, by Jonathan Harr

A Civil Action: A Real-Life Legal Thriller, by Jonathan Harr

 

Devil in the White City - Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson

 

In Cold Blood - A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences, by Truman Capote

 

Mean Justice A Town's Terror, a Prosecutor's Power, a Betrayal of Innocence, by Edward Humes

Mean Justice: A Town’s Terror, a Prosecutor’s Power, a Betrayal of Innocenceby Edward Humes

 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - A Savannah Story by John Bernhendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story, by John Berendt

 

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, by Richard Lloyd Parry

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, by Richard Lloyd Parry

 

Positively Fifth Street - Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker, by James McManus

Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker, by James McManus

 

A Wilderness of Error - The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald, by Errol Morris

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald, by Errol Morris

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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