I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
This is the buzziest true crime book to come out in awhile for so many reasons: It’s about a serial rapist and murderer who somehow eluded capture for decades. The author, wife of actor Patton Oswalt, died unexpectedly while writing it. And, most notably, the killer was caught just months after the book was published. How could you not read it? A true page-turner about a thrilling case with a new – and satisfying – conclusion.
This book from New Yorker writer David Grann has been a bestseller since its release last year, and for good reason. This excellently-written tale exposes the corruption and racism at the heart of a shocking conspiracy that left dozens of people dead and sparked one of the first FBI cases. This horrifying look at America’s sordid history makes for a terrific book.
This brand new release by an Edgar-award winning writer is perfect for fans of The Devil in the White City and for those who enjoy tales of historical corruption and cronyism. Focusing on the spectacular rise and fall of two men in 1930’s Shanghai, it’s a captivating tale of greed and gumption.
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn
Cults are back. This 2018 finalist for the Edgar Award in Fact Crime goes in depth on one of the most famous ones, formed by a leader so beguiling he convinced almost a thousand people to – quite literally – drink the Kool-Aid, killing them all.