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True Crime

Tales of terror, detectives, and justice.

True crime overview

True crime books are about an actual crime and it's victims, suspects, law enforcement or other real people. They can be about about crimes like theft or murder, serial killers, police memoirs, and historic crimes such as unsolved cases, assassinations, or other high profile deaths.

Canadian cases

The unexpected cop : Indian Ernie on a life of leadership by Ernie Louttit
22 Murders : The RCMP, the Killer They Couldn't Catch and the Rampage That Shocked a Nation by Paul Palango
The Beatle Bandit : a serial bank robber's deadly heist by Nate Hendley
Red River girl : the life and death of Tina Fontaine by Joanna Jolly
Canadian justice, Indigenous justice : the Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie case by Kent Roach
Up Ghost River : a chief's journey through the turbulent waters of Native history by Edmund Metatawabin
Journey for justice : how
Highway of tears : a true story of racism, indifference and the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls by Jessica McDiarmid
On the farm : Robert William Pickton and the tragic story of Vancouver's missing women by Stevie Cameron

Captivating cases

The killer across the table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI's original mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer I will be gone in the dark by Michelle McNamara
American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century by Maureen Callahan
The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson
The library book by Susan Orlean
The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
The five : the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
The lost girls : the true story of the Cleveland abductions and the incredible rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus by John Glatt
Adnan's story : the search for truth and justice after Serial by Rabia Chaudry

Contemporary cases

Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
Catch and kill : lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow
Illusion of justice : inside Making a murderer and America's broken system by Jerome Buting
She said : breaking the sexual harassment story that helped ignite a movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
The less people know about us : a mystery of betrayal, family secrets, and stolen identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton
Permanent record by Edward Snowden
Relentless pursuit : my fight for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein by Bradley J. Edwards

Classic cases

In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Caopte
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson
Helter skelter : the true story of the Manson murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer by Margalit Fox
Under the banner of heaven : a story of violent faith by Jon Krakauer
Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story by Jon Berendt
Lincoln's last trial : the murder case that propelled him to the presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Notable authors

Ann Rule

Considered one of the founders of the True Crime genre, Ann Rule was raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment. She was also well educated in psychology and criminology. At the time of writing her first and most well known book, The Stranger Beside Me, she learned that the murders she was chronicling were committed by her one-time friend and colleague at a suicide hotline, Ted Bundy, giving her unique insight into the case.


Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre is a reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press and bestselling author. He spent nearly two decades covering the justice beat for the paper and authored six books on cases he’s covered. The most well-known are Journey for Justice: How "Project Angel" Cracked the Candace Derksen Case and Mike on Crime: True Tales of Law and Disorder

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