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Subject: Newbie to true crime, so would like recommendations
Date Posted: 11/7/2009 4:04 AM ET
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Hello everyone,


I haven't read many true crime stories, but my mission for 2009 was to expand my horizons when it came to what I read. I saw the category true crime and thought that this is one area I haven't touched on.


Well, since I'm new to the genre, I have no idea where to start. I don't know what I would like or where my tastes would run. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 4:37 PM ET
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Ann Rule has written several books.  You might give her a try.

Read the posts on this forum.  You will find a lot of recommendations.

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Date Posted: 11/8/2009 11:01 PM ET
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I feel that I have read almost every true crime book written and ~In Cold Blood ~is still one of my favorites.  Even though it is an old book...it is riveting.  The Night Stalker by Carlo is another good one. 

Subject: true crime books to read
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 12:30 AM ET
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Ann Rule has many good books and a lot of them have several different stories in them. I just finished reading "Perfect Victim" by Christine McGuire and Carla Norton that was a very good read.

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Date Posted: 11/13/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Limb from Limb recently came out. On Amazon it has 5 star reviews and is in my TBR pile. I am planning on reading it soon.. It is about a terrible crime that took place in my home county.  I read the first book about this crime called A Slaying in the Suburbs and that was interesting as well. Look them both up in the search at the top of this page. I think you will enjoy them.

Date Posted: 11/20/2009 7:56 PM ET
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Anything by these authors:

Gregg Olsen

M. William Phelps

Kathryn Casey

Dianne Fanning

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 6:38 PM ET
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 I like Ann Rule, Corey Mitchell, Kathryn Casey & Jack Olsen.  You can't go wrong with any of them!

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 2:02 PM ET
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Classic Crimes by William Roughead is fantastic.  The Murder of Helen Jewett is really top notch for a look at early 19th century New York City.  Such a fascinating story.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 4:21 PM ET
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Seconding the M. William Phelps recommendation.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 10:38 PM ET
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The Zodiac By Robert Greysmith it's really good and I'd also try reading Helter Skelter Oh The Devil In The White City by Erik Larsen is good also!  I agree with In Cold Blood and The Night Stalker  Happy reading

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Date Posted: 12/17/2009 9:39 PM ET
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John Douglas. He hasn't written anything lately, but I'd highly recommend him.

Date Posted: 12/24/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal.   Really sad book!!

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 4:55 PM ET
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Most people are going to say Ann Rule, and while I enjoy her shorter stories, her full-length stories go into too much background info. and I start losing interest.  So my recommendations would be:  Ann Rule's Crime Files (the shorter stories) Alva Busch, Don Davis, Carlton Stowers, John Douglas.   Some of my favorite books:  Innocent Victims, In a Father's Rage, An Hour to Kill, Careless Whispers, Death Cruise, Deadly Deception. 

Happy Reading!