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1. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice
2. In Cold Blood
3. Thunderstruck
4. The Devil in the White City:Murder,
5. Under the Banner of Heaven: A
6. Midnight in the Garden of Good
7. Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned
8. The Dreams of Ada
9. Red Ripper
10. The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse,
11. No Regrets: Ann Rule's Crime Files:
12. Circle of Six: The True Story
13. Gorgeous Disaster
14. Until the Twelfth of Never: The
15. Final Truth : The Autobiography
16. Internal Combustion: The Story
17. Assassination Vacation
18. Deranged: The Shocking True Story
19. The Stranger Beside Me (Revised
20. Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True

1. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by Doubleday
Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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John Grisham tackles nonfiction for the first time with Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I must apologize
I wrote that the Broker was not the book I should strongly recommend. Well, I'm astonished now, because Mr Grisham knew about ties between Cia and Italian Telecom. How did he manage? Well, back to the Innocent man. I have read some of the recension before me. I think it could be hard to cope for a layman, but it's very interesting for a jurist, expecially for a no American one. The plot is intriguing, and the style is very dry. I read it in a day, and I learnt very much about American system. System is really good, sometimes men aren't, like everywhere. The clue is: American juries care more about what a convicted should do in the future, then about which crime one actually performed, if then. That's the reason why a dropout like Ronnie was a perfect candidate for lethal injection. He was crazy, noisy , arrogant, he slept most of the time and use to chase boozes and skirts. What's the use of let he in life? Grisham is great when at the end calculates to the penny what's the cost of such a court mistake for the american taxpayer. A cynical could rebuke: right, but only because it happened to be eventually corrected. The correction was the really burden, and not the mistake. I hope to read more nonfiction from Mr Grisham, that could even write a postfaction like Victor Hugo in the Miserables: Italy loves my books, but Italian judiciary ssystem isn't any better ( Hugo said Italy loved les Miserables, but Italy was really a worse country then France ).It's a book about justice, not simply a book about american judiciary system or small countries judicial oddities. I recommend it to all law students.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Poignant and Compelling Story!
What would you do if you were suspected by the police of the rape and murder of a young woman? Whom would you turn to if you were convicted of a crime based on circumstantial evidence and shoddy legal tactics? Whoever believes we are all innocent until proven guilty hasn't truly been put to the test.
5-0 out of 5 stars His best book yet
His first Nonfiction book was very well written.It was a major page turner and I finished it in 2 days.I liked it better than any of his other books and I"m a big Grisham fan.Please note, if you don't want to have anything given away I'd not read the captions under the photos because some of the story will be given away.It is a very one sided story and is easy to read his contempt for the the bad part of the criminal justice system, but it also made me think.Before I read this I was a strong supporter of capital punishment, and now I still believe in it, but I see why there are so many appeals etc. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Capital Punishment    2. Infamous Crimes And Criminals    3. Judicial error    4. Legal System    5. Murder - General    6. Oklahoma    7. Penology    8. Social Science    9. Sociology    10. Trials (Murder)    11. True Crime / Espionage    12. Social Science / Penology   

2. In Cold Blood
by Vintage
Paperback (01 February, 1994)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read.
I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it.It was years ago now, and I was given a list of "Good Books" to read as a present: A deck of cards, each card representing a great work in American Literature that everyone should read.This was one of the books.I liked it a lot. At the time, I had no idea who Capote was (I still don't) and it wasn't until recently when movie after movie keeps coming out about this "Capote" character that I realized he was the author of this book.It's a good book, and a well-told story, but I don't see why Capote has recently been thrown up on a pedestal and worshiped by Hollywood. Regardless, this book is worth your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing on all levels
Intrigued, I wondered how Capote could manage to write a book about a crime that, while gruesome, at first glance doesn't appear to be the sort to sustain a book. Upon starting it I was hooked, he not only found the story but manages to tell it from many different perspectives while keeping the raw emotion intact, putting you right there throughout. At the same time he comes across as unbiased in his telling. Not only does he create a genre with this book, he defines what it is at it's best. As an aside, to watch the movie Capote after reading this book makes clear the methods he used, unprecedented access to the criminals, etc. in order to create this masterpeice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond true crime
This is as near perfect as a book can get. Capote gets you inside each person he writes about like no one else. Remarkable. ... Read more

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3. Thunderstruck
by Crown
Hardcover (24 October, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. England    4. Europe - Great Britain - General    5. Great Britain    6. Great Britain - History    7. History    8. History - General History    9. History: World    10. Investigation    11. London    12. Murder    13. Murder - General    14. Murderers    15. United States - 20th Century    16. History / Modern / 20th Century   

4. The Devil in the White City:Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Vintage)
by Vintage
Paperback (10 February, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling!
I never thought I'd consider a book primarily about architecture enthralling, but this book is amazingly so.
5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story
I received this book as a birthday gift, and although I typically read works of fiction, I found The Devil in the White City to be fascinating.The central happenings of the story (the World's Fair and the serial killings) are presented in wonderfully researched detail.Other gems of information can be found scattered throughout the book, such as references to Walt Disney's father, a carpenter who worked construction at the fair.I found it difficult to put the book down at all, and now that I've finished it I find myself still thinking about the story, the characters, and the mind-set of America in the 1890's.To me, a great book is one that stays with you long after you've read it, and I know this one qualifies.I am looking forward to reading more of Erik Larson's work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well researched,well written
What strikes me most about this book is the detailed research that went into the parallel story about the Chicago World's Fair and how it's woven around the story of the murders. Larson's book is a pure enjoyment--a historical journey into the history of Chicago, warts and all. The reader not only learns about Daniel Burnham's amazing feat pulling together the Columbia Exposition of 1893 and the ways it changed the nation, but he contrasts this event with America's first serial killer, ironically steps away from the fair. The reader is tugged from good to evil, from risk to murder, from heaven to hell. Enjoy the ride and thanks Mr. Larson for allowing us to take that ride! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. Chicago    4. Chicago (Ill.)    5. History - U.S.    6. Homicide    7. Illinois    8. Murder - General    9. Murder - Serial Killers    10. Serial murderers    11. Serial murders    12. True Crime    13. United States - 19th Century    14. United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century    15. United States - State & Local - General    16. United States - State & Local - Midwest    17. History / United States / 20th Century    18. Reading Group Guide   

5. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
by Anchor
Paperback (08 June, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Murder, Religion, MormonsandFundamentalists
This is sort of "The DaVinci Code" of Mormonism.The difference though, is that Krakauer, unlike Dan Brown, does much better reasearch and is not writing fiction.Krakauer also reveals his personal biases in the author's notes at the end.
1-0 out of 5 stars Great works of fiction
I read the first 1/3 of the book, and had to quit, because it falls into my "great work of fiction" category.My major complaint with the book is with it's history of Mormonism.I have read the various official stories about how the gold plates were found, how the church was organized and other events from the LDS church.I have also read various differing accounts by detractors.
4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Take on LDS Origins, Current Schisms and a Tragic Crime Spree
When I first read Jon Krakauer's INTO THIN AIR, I became fascinated with all things Everest.(All things except actually climbing the growing peak, that is.)So when this became a book club pick, my curiosity was piqued.(Glad I got my 'p' word quota out of the way this early.)
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Subjects:  1. Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Da    2. Mormon fundamentalism    3. Murder - General    4. Religion - Mormon / LDS    5. True Crime    6. United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)    7. True Crime / Murder   

6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by Vintage
Paperback (28 June, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sit back and read this book
This is my favorite book and I believe anyone could read it.You'll be recommending this book to your friends.You won't want to put down the book!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Games People Play
This was an entertaining study of the games people play in a smallish southern city. Berendt's descriptions of Savannah's atmosphere and the real character's he met there are excellent. Berendt has a great grasp of local Savannah politics. His initial enthusiasm for the place became tempered toward the end of the book as languid Savannah's also a provincial place that tolerates a certain amount of violence and mumbo jumbo, depending on who the perpetrators and targets of both are. The book's end came rather quickly and perhaps a bit incompletely, what happened to Danny Hansford's mom and her lawsuit? Berendt's description of his attending Savannah's African American debutante's ball was hilarious. The main point of this book seemed to be in real life the truth is often hard to find and when it's found it's often awful, but that money often buys the alternate truths that make it into the papers, and that's the truth that people buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Ever Believe the Hype
I've read great reviews about this book so I finally bought it because I could not get it at my local library. Never ever finished the book - it was god-awful. Badly written, incoherent story - it jumped around - JUST PLAIN BAD... ... Read more

Subjects:  1. American    2. Celebrities    3. Current Affairs    4. Georgia    5. History    6. Murder - General    7. Savannah    8. Savannah (Ga.)    9. Sociology    10. Tours    11. True Crime / Espionage    12. True Crime / Murder   

7. Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow
by Simon & Schuster
Hardcover (01 November, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interested in Offshore Racing? Meet your idol, Mr Don Aronow
If you have an interest in offshore racing, take the time and read this compelling book about the father of the the industry. Ever heard of Thunderboat row? Find out the impact he had on some of the largest manufacturers in the country, and their attempts to to keep him out of the boat building business.You will learn about the rise and murder of Don Aronow and how state law enforcement of Florida(at the time led by the infamous Janet Reno) either bungled the investigation, or for whatever reason, let his death go unsolved. You will learn of the allegation that Don Aronow had ties to the mob, South American drug smugglers, and to the DEA. At the end you can surmise what you will of what his life was about, but you can't take away what he meant to the sport of offshore racing. Read it and pay homage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent . . . A Must for the boater and mob afficionado!!!
This book has to be the best summary of politics, drug running, the offshore powerboat industry, the Mafia, crime, corruption and intrigue that I have ever read!!Aronow was an old friend of my family's in New Jersey and when he got murdered we all waited for the book to come out, sure enough it did and was excellent.If you love the mob, fast boats, fast cars, fast horses and beautiful women, BLUE THUNDER is a MUST READ!!Enjoy . . . . . H.L.,Florida ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Aronow, Donald Joel,    2. Case studies    3. Drug traffic    4. Florida    5. Mafia    6. Miami    7. Murder    8. Murder - General    9. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    10. Sociology    11. Aronow, Donald Joel    12. Non-Classifiable   

8. The Dreams of Ada
by Broadway
Paperback (24 October, 2006)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Remembering Denice
Denice and I grew up in the same small town in Oklahoma. It is of the utmost importance to understand how those of us who knew her were profoundly affected by her death. This heinous crime not only shook Ada, but also shook those of us who grew up with her in Purcell,OK. Denice was a sweet girl who had a smile that would light up the room. She was a year behind me in school. I recently pulled out a old High School annual. Looking at her photo brought back a rush of memories. Memories of a beautiful, innocent young woman who's life was ended in the twinkling of a eye. As important as it is that justice has been served in this case, it is even more important for all to understand that we will never forget Denice.
5-0 out of 5 stars NOT GUILTY
Tommy spent many nights, days weekends with my sisters and mother and is not the type to do harm to anyone. He has even slept across my sisters feet in the winter when the electric was turned off, just to keep her feet warm. I have seen and spoken to him many times since then and eventhough he has been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, he is still a caring person. His only crime was to DREAM or in this case have a nightmare. He will eventually be setfree.

5-0 out of 5 stars I knew Tommy & Karl and I have read the book...
I read this book well over a decade ago when Tommy told me about it in a letter.I knew both of these men fairly well and spent a great deal of time with them in the year before this crime occurred, particularly Tommy.Karl was a little "different" (mentally slow) but he was always kind to me and Tommy somewhat protected him because of what Karl had been through with his mother's death.They had many opportunities to hurt me as they spent a great deal of time in my apartment and I had been over to Tommy's mothers' home a couple of times and his brother's home on several occasions - I moved away from Ada just a few weeks before Donna (who I did not know) was killed.I also knew (or knew of) most of the other individuals in the book...and if I had to choose who would be most likely to commit a murder, Tommy would have been the last one I would have ever chosen.When I knew Tommy he was one of the gentlest souls I'd ever known - I can still see him talking and playing with his pet bird and how obvious it was that he valued life, even that of a a small creature.I don't believe he did it and I will never believe it.This book will keep your attention...and it will capture your heart as well. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Ada    2. Fontenot, Karl    3. General    4. Infamous Crimes And Criminals    5. Murder - General    6. Oklahoma    7. Organized Crime    8. Trials (Murder)    9. Trials, litigation, etc    10. True Crime    11. True Crime / Espionage    12. Ward, Tommy    13. True Crime / General   

9. Red Ripper
Mass Market Paperback (01 November, 1992)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Into the mind of the killer
What makes Chikatilo fascinating is that it took so long for him to be caught, and the reasons for this delay. He was incredibly lucky, in some ways, but the structure of laws, customs and means of communication in the Russia of the time are the real reasons for his long career as a killer. Conradi explains all of this clearly. What is not so clear are the details of how all of the info he presents was acquired. Did the author have access to confession documents, or interrogation documents? If so, the readers would sure like to see them included in the book. Overall, a very readable, informative book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tough read but worth it !
Bizzare on both ends, the killer as well as the cops. If you like serial killer books this is unbelieveable! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Case studies    3. Murder - General    4. Murderers    5. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    6. Rostovskaëiìa oblast§    7. Russia (Federation)    8. Serial murders    9. Sex crimes    10. Sociology    11. Chikatilo, Andrei Romanovich    12. Non-Classifiable   

10. The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska
Paperback (March, 1992)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Another very fine, but disturbing book about the problems with 'the two party system'...
Fact: The US of A was actually founded with
5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, vital book
I first saw the accusations in the book on a half finished Yorkshire television documentary that never made it to television. The allegations were so horrific in the film; it near enough reduced me to tears. So shocked at the material in the film I had to read the book. Sadly the book documents episodes that are far more disheartening than the film did.
5-0 out of 5 stars Corruption In High Places
Lawyer and former state senator John Decamp's book can't be easily dismissed as a wild conspiracy theory, given all the evidence presented in the book and the solid reputation of many who believe in the crimes and the cover-up. One victim of abuse comments that this corruption must stop because next time it could be your kid. Not for the faint of heart, the book covers many grisly details of satanic ritual murder and torture of children by prominent members of society and a subsequent cover-up orchestrated by law enforcement and the press. I believe the problem will grow worse if you let people who are supposedly here to protect us and keep us informed abuse their positions of privilege, trust, and authority for their own gain or security. We might have to start limiting the amassing of great wealth and power because people who get a great amount of wealth and power think that they can get away with anything. And so far, they have.
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11. No Regrets: Ann Rule's Crime Files: Volume 11
by Pocket Star
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12. Circle of Six: The True Story of New York's Most Notorious Cop-Killer and The Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him
by The Disinformation Company
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait
I have been eagerly awaiting this book since word of it spread online. I was leery of Robert Cea's involvement, but his presence does not detract from a story every New Yorker should read.
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13. Gorgeous Disaster
by Phoenix Books
Hardcover (01 September, 2006)
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2-0 out of 5 stars The Lad doth protest too much?
To borrow a phrase from The Bard, methinks the lad doth protest too much.The point of Owen LaFave, former husband of the infamous Debra, LaTourneau wannabe, in this collaboration with Bill Simon, seems twofold:
5-0 out of 5 stars captivating read
This is an excellent and sensitive account of an important story thatNewspaper headlines failed to understand. Gorgeous Disaster reads like a well crafted novel and gives insights into an American tragedy. Overall a great and captivating read that you will not be able to stop reading.
5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful to parents and educators
I saw Owen interviewed on MSNBC last week and bought the book as a result. I've seen him interviewed many times over this difficult ordeal and have always been amazed at the manner in which he carries himself and conducts interviews, but the only problem was every interviewer asked the same questions. I wanted to hear other information from him and Gorgeous Disaster explains far more than I was expecting and is extremely well written. The facts are both interesting and shocking. I find it troubling to read reviews of the book that attack Owen as if anything he could have said or done differently would have kept Debra from committing this crime. It's well-known that Debra received a much lighter sentence than a man in her situation would have received, and the review attacking Owen is yet another example of a double standard in our society. The book reveals that Debra feels she's a victim in all of her relationships. Owen is one of many victims in this tragedy, and I commend him for coming forward and providing detail that is clearly embarrassing for him yet potentially helpful to educators who strive to make a positive difference in our children's lives, and Owen has definitely been helpful to parents. I feel sorry for Debra, but she is not a victim, she's a predator just as her criminal record reflects. ... Read more

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14. Until the Twelfth of Never: The Deadly Divorce of Dan & Betty Broderick
by Atria
Hardcover (01 July, 1993)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Transgression of the Mind
A disillusioned Betty commits a crime of passion showing little compassion. Her irreverent actions negate her parochial background. Nothing but burnt offerings pays homage to the memory of her victims.
1-0 out of 5 stars Premeditated Action
If Betty could not satisfy Dan perhaps she had the problem. What were Dan's needs? That should have been her question. Actions speak louder than words and Betty's actions were a direct result of dysfunctional reasoning. I feel for their family and all touched by the ultimate devastating incident.
4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut
"Until the Twelfth of Never" is an excellent debut by writer Bella Stumbo, of an ugly and acrimonious divorce that turned deadly.
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15. Final Truth : The Autobiography of a Serial Killer
by Adept
Hardcover (May, 1992)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A few things unanswered..........
I first heard the name "Pee Wee Gaskins" in 1994. My new boss and I were traveling through the upstate part of SC to pick up a company car. We were discussings things unrelated to work and getting to know each other. When he asked if I enjoyed reading, I told him I enjoyed reading books about true crime, serial killers in particular. At that time, he told me I should get the book "Final Truth". I did.
2-0 out of 5 stars Final Truth or Final attempt to "Become Famous?"
This book is a good read ( i finished it in a day ) but i just have some trouble beliving some of Pee Wee's stories - he even states himself that he has told several versions of the stories -so why should i believe without doubt that this book is "the truth"? ... from reading profiling books on serial killers - you find that these killers may change up the way they kill / despose of their bodies - to make an improvement - but gaskins has 2 ways of killing people and he bounces back and forth between them -- doesn't make much sense ...
1-0 out of 5 stars The gospel of victimology
This autobiography by serial killer Pee Wee Gaskins is brought to you by the apparently easily-duped co-author, journalist Wilton Earle. Gaskins' justifications and distortions are passed along with little examination or challenge, and probably bear small resemblance to the facts.
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Subjects:  1. 1935-1991    2. Biography/Autobiography    3. Case studies    4. Fiction - Psychological Suspense    5. Gaskins, Pee Wee,    6. Homicide    7. Infamous Crimes And Criminals    8. Mass murder    9. Murder - General    10. Psychological    11. Serial murders    12. South Carolina    13. True Crime / Murder    14. Gaskins, Pee Wee    15. Murder    16. Rape   

16. Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City
by Jossey-Bass
Hardcover (22 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING STORY

4-0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Maynard is such a skillful writer, and Internal Combustion is a gripping book. I began reading it in the morning and didn't stop until I finished it that evening. Maynard has a real feel for the people she writes about, as well as for Detroit and for the American car culture.
5-0 out of 5 stars great book
I am not sure I can even begin to imagine what it must have been like to enter into the world of such a strange and horrifying family story. Luckily, there are courageous writers like Joyce Maynard who are willing to do it for us. Brilliantly written, deeply disturbing, this book ventures into the dark underbelly of human (and particularly American) disfunction. A MUST read! ... Read more

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17. Assassination Vacation
by Simon & Schuster
Paperback (31 January, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars History is fun!
A look at the history of U.S. presidential assassinations.Part history, part comic commentary, Ms. Vowell extensively documents her visits to sites (official or not) associated with these events.The history of the assassinations alone is interesting and details are often overlooked (or not looked at at all - e.g., Garfield, McKinley) when these events are presented / captured in popular forums.It is a quick read that will shed light on and insight into these assassinations that you never considered before.

5-0 out of 5 stars I will buy this book from you if you don't like it
I read this book aloud to 5 pre- and teenagers on a grueling road trip down south over Easter. Not only did it hold their attention the entire time it was an incredible coincidence to pass an important site in the book at the EXACT time we were reading about the capture of John Wilkes Boothe. Because of the author's exacting description we were able to arrive at the exact site she describes in such detail and VOILA, nearly living history. (Of course, being uncouth Northerners we allowed our dog to pee on the shrine in question and one child left eggs from his Easter basket on the marker).This book compelled me to read three or four more books about Lincoln, Booth and assorted others Vowell writes about. She captures history in such a remarkably approachable manner, I've since bought copies for every history teacher in our school district. Every American should read this book and even if you think you know about our first assassinations, you will learn something, and laugh while learning it. Spectacular.

5-0 out of 5 stars Move over Bill Bryson, there's stiff competition
Assassination Vacation is one of the best books I've read this Summer. Ms Vowell should take up teaching American history. Her brilliant and expert knowledge of her subjects (normally written about in stententious and serious tones given the subject matter) is quite impressive. But, it is the wit and humor and unusual angle of expression and personal observations that is the most captivating. I was amazed to learn so much more about the Lincoln assassination and conspirators (despite more than 35 years of reading and research on the subject) and view it from a different and less reverent angle. But even more, I was entranced by the Garfield and McKinley coverage - which added huge amounts of information to my very limited knowledge of either of these presidents or their assassins and the events surrounding them. Garfield came off so much better than I ever knew - which was very little. And his hilarious "disappointed office seeker" far more ambitious (Ambassador to France?) and political (Stalwart for Grant) than I ever knew. Don't know how one can make an account of assassinations hilariously funny? Read this book - and don't assume that it isn't historically accurate, because it is. This one is a real keeper and I am thinking of buying it on tape - just so I can listen to it while stuck in traffic, so that fellow travellers can see someone who is having fun while in the midst of DC rush hours.Have fun with this book and share it with everyone you know who loves history and has a good sense of humor. ... Read more

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18. Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer
by Pocket
Mass Market Paperback (01 October, 1990)
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Harold Schechter is a professor of American culture at Queens College (CUNY) who takes an academic interest in the history of violent folklore: "Our pop entertainments aren't necessarily more brutal than those of the past," he writes. "They are simply ... more state of the art." In this book Schechter turns his keen historian's gaze on real-life serial killer Albert Fish, who killed--and ate--as many as 15 children in New York City in the 20s. Fish resembled a meek, kindly, white-haired grandfather, but was actually an intense sadomasochist whose sexual fetishes included almost everything known to psychiatry. For example, he stuck 29 needles into his pelvic region. Apparently Schechter, while writing his book Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent true crime book! Stephen King could not have imagined the horrors you'll read about!
Deranged is an amazing book in that it is well written and it reads like a novel. It is also a horrifyingly shocking book made all the more terrible because it is the truth!
4-0 out of 5 stars I didn't realize...
I'm new to real crime books.I've enjoyed several lately so I was looking for some more.I'm not into sicko stuff but I thought that since Albert Fish was electrocuted in 1936, it was safe to say his crimes wouldn't be as sick as a modern day serial killer.WRONG!I thought his story would be interesting but not gross.WRONG!Albert Fish was every bit as sick as Jeffrey Dahmer.I can say that Schechter wrote an engrossing book and I couldn't put it down.But I felt like I had taken a mud bath when I got through.Fish did stuff that would never enter the mind of a normal, healthy human being.He was a prime example of the worst evil a human mind can conceive.
2-0 out of 5 stars REPETITIOUS & A WASTE OF TIME
I'm actually quite surprised by the other reviews on this page. I love a good true crime story and was very excited to have found this one about Albert Fish. However, after the first quarter of the book, all it did was repeat itself about the same incident. It became comical. Yes, it was interesting to learn of what had happened to the little girl he had snuck away in guise of going to a birthday party, but how many times can you describe it and recant it until you're beating a dead horse. Albert Fish is definitely a criminal that needs to be known about, but this book could have cut 3/4 of it out and still relayed the same information. A waste of time in my opinion. ... Read more

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19. The Stranger Beside Me (Revised and Updated): 20th Anniversary
by Signet
Paperback (12 June, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Not long ago, true crime writer Ann Rule recalls lying on an operating table. The anesthesiologist leaned over before putting her to sleep. "Ann," the anesthesiologist said softly, "tell me, what was Ted Bundy really like?" Despite meeting Florida's electric chair in 1989, the subject of Rule's bestselling book continues to haunt her. Rule and Bundy were friends. They met in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, where they shared the late shift answering a suicide hotline. Their subsequent conversations, meetings, and letters spanned the rest of Bundy's life as he evolved into one of the century's most notorious serial killers. It's been 20 years since Rule first penned this chilling account. But the story--and her 2000 update--will still have readers reaching for their Xanax. No gratuitous gore here; just the basic, bone-chilling evidence. In fact, like a protective mother shielding us from horrors too awful to mention, Rule seems to avoid delving too deeply into crime scene descriptions. She devotes one paragraph in her new afterword to her discovery that Bundy engaged in necrophilia and returned to the scenes of his crimes to "line dead lips and eyes with garish makeup and to put blush on pale cheeks." She tells readers that John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan, and David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam Killer, traded prison correspondences with Bundy. And she hints that Bundy's insatiable killer instincts may have started when he was a 14-year-old paperboy. (Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl on his route, mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and has never been found.) The skimpy update is over too soon, leaving readers wanting more and offering further proof of the public's never-ending fascination with serial killers. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read!!
The best thing about this book is Ann Rule's unique perspective in being the only true crime writer who actually knew the killer as a friend before he committed his crimes!It's a fascinating read that is also heartbreaking for so many reasons.Rule perfectly describes the man she thought of as a younger brother, her affection and love for him, and the horror and true emotional pain she suffered as she slowly realized that he was a serial killer.
5-0 out of 5 stars Who is the serial killer beside you?
The next novel that I'm going to write has a serial killer in it, and Stranger Beside Me is the first book that I read for research. (I've got a list of 20.)
5-0 out of 5 stars Unnerving story.
In all the years since the murders by Bundy and his subsequent execution, I never read this book until now.The mind is a very mysterious organ.How is a murderer like Bundy created?Is it in his genes?
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20. Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal
by Free Press
Hardcover (10 April, 2007)
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Isbn: 0743238524
Sales Rank: 36178
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