Fair Game - Abridged
My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
On July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq, former ambassador Joseph Wilson's now historic op-ed, "What I Didn't Find in Africa," appeared in The New York Times. A week later, conservative pundit Robert Novak revealed in his newspaper column that Ambassador Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a CIA operative. The... Read more »
The Explosive Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America
One of the most feared Chicago mobsters, Sam Giancana, clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy by starting as a hit man for Al Capone. He was known as one of the best vehicle escape artists, a tenacious business man, and a ruthless killer. He partied with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe and did business with agents... Read more »
The Innocent Man
Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.
SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES
“Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be... Read more »
If Looks Could Kill
“A great true crime story…Readers will feel the effects of Phelps’ skill from beginning to end.” - Stephen Singular
Big and brash, Jeff Zack didn’t hide his rough lifestyle. And when he died, it was in plain sight: executed in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Akron, Ohio, by a motorcycle-riding assassin dressed in black.
“Phelps uses a...Read more »
The Library Book
“A love letter to books, librarians, and libraries (and the often quirky communities that inhabit them), The Library Book sets out to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library Fire of 1986. As always, Orleans exhibits her talent for translating historic details into engrossing narratives, while thrilling the reader with all sorts of surprising twists and outlandish characters that you really couldn’t make up if you tried. Witty, poignant, riveting, Orlean’s performance is fabulous! A must-listen for every devotee of bookstores and libraries.”Noelle, Oblong Books
Black Dahlia, Red Rose
The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder
The gruesome murder of hopeful starlet Elizabeth Short, in the noir-tinged Los Angeles of 1947, has a permanent place in American lore as one of the most inscrutable of true-crime mysteries. Now, Piu Eatwell—relentless legal sleuth and atmospheric stylist—cracks the case after seventy years. With recently unredacted FBI files, newly released... Read more »
On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found... Read more »
The Man from the Train
The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
An Edgar Award finalist for Best Fact Crime, this “impressive…open-eyed investigative inquiry wrapped within a cultural history of rural America” (The Wall Street Journal) shows legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applying his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial... Read more »
The Death of a President
November 20–November 25, 1963
As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of President John F. Kennedy's death, including the days immediately preceding and following the assassination. Through hundreds of interviews, extensive...Read more »
Hunting Charles Manson
The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter
"Hunting Charles Manson the best true crime book you will ever read...Lock your doors, keep the night lights on, and read this book." - Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling crime novelist
In the late summer of 1969, the nation was transfixed by a series of gruesome murders in the hills of Los Angeles. Newspapers and television programs...Read more »
The Crime of the Century
Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation
On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world. As the eight bodies were carried... Read more »
A True Story of Friends, Neighbors, and Murder in a Small Town
The fatal night
On a warm Florida evening, Karen Gregory saw a familiar face at her door. What the beautiful young woman could not know was that she was staring into the eyes of her killer—a savage monster who would rape her, stab her to death, and leave her battered body on the floor outside the bedroom.
The desperate search
Detectives frantically...Read more »
The Hot One
A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend.
As girls growing up in rural New Jersey in the late 1980s, Ashley and Carolyn had everything in common: two outsiders who... Read more »
In Vino Duplicitas
The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire
Few gain entry to the privileged world of ultrafine wines, where billionaires flock to exclusive auction houses to vie for the scarce surviving bottles from truly legendary years. But Rudy Kurniawan, an unknown twentysomething from Indonesia, was blessed with two gifts that opened doors: a virtuoso palate for wine tasting, and access to a... Read more »
In Cold Blood
The most famous true crime novel of all time, In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.
"Chills the blood and exercises the intelligence ... harrowing." —The New York Review of Books
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely...
The Murders That Made Us
How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area
The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city's art, music, and politics.
In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts. From the city's earliest days, where vigilantes hung perps from buildings and... Read more »
The Kidnap Years
The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America
The Great Depression was a time of desperation in America—parents struggled to feed their children and unemployment was at a record high. Adding to the lawlessness of the decade, thugs with submachine guns and corrupt law-enforcement officers ran rampant. But amidst this panic, there was one sure-fire way to make money, one used by criminals and...Read more »
The Cold Vanish
Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands
Perfect for readers of Jon Krakauer and Douglas Preston, this "authentic and encyclopedic" book examines real-life cases of those who vanish in the wilderness without a trace (Roman Dial)—and those eccentric, determined characters who try to find them.
These are the stories that defy conventional logic. The proverbial vanished without a trace... Read more »
The Map Thief
The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.
Once considered a... Read more »