Seattle Picks: True Crime

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of A Thief, A Detective, and A World of Literary Obsession By Bartlett, Allison Hoover Book - 2009 002.075 G397B 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:Do you love books? Enough to go to jail for them? By the time he was caught, bibliomaniac John Gilkey’s book lust drove him to steal over $100,000 worth of rare volumes.

The Poisoner's Handbook
The Poisoner's Handbook Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York By Blum, Deborah Book - 2010 614.13097 B6255P 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:Long before CSI was an acronym, forensic science pioneers discovered new methods for uncovering hidden clues and revealing deadly schemes that would have impressed Sherlock Holmes himself.

American Lightning
American Lightning Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century By Blum, Howard Book - 2008 364.1523 B6256A 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:In a time of vast wage disparity and mounting unrest, domestic terrorists hatched a deadly plot. Fans of Erik Larson will enjoy this riveting account of the crime of the century, circa 1910.

In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its Consequences By Capote, Truman Book - 2007 364.1523 C1735i 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 12 copies

Annotation:Published in 1966, this harrowing account of the senseless murder of a family on the Kansas plains and the men who did it set the standard for powerful crime reportage and narrative nonfiction.

Columbine By Cullen, David Book - 2009 373.7888 C8976C 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cullen unravels the events on the day Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people at Columbine High School, revealing that most of what was reported ten years earlier was false.

Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice By Cullen, Kevin Book - 2013 364.1092 B871C 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A punk kid from the streets of South Boston rose to become king of the Irish mafia, while the FBI looked on. Then his luck ran out, and an international manhunt began.

My Friend Dahmer
My Friend Dahmer A Graphic Novel By Derf Graphic Novel - 2012 364.1523 D139D 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:There’s one in almost every class. A weirdo kid who everyone laughs at. At Revere High School, his name was Jeffrey Dahmer. A sobering memoir of how a monster is made, in graphic novel form.

The Forger's Spell
The Forger's Spell A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century By Dolnick, Edward Book - 2008 759.9492 M47D 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Han van Meegeren wasn't much of a painter, so how did he dupe the Nazis into believing his clumsy forgeries were lost Vermeers? Also check out Anthony M. Amore's "Stealing Rembrandts."

Get Capone
Get Capone The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster By Eig, Jonathan Book - 2010 364.1092 C1733E 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Painstaking original research and newly declassified documents and wiretaps reveal Al "Scarface" Capone as he really was, less mythic monster than savvy mobster.

The Mad Ones
The Mad Ones Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld By Folsom, Tom Book - 2008 364.973 G1376F 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sure, these New York mafiosi had a lion in their basement and a scowling dwarf on their crew, but hey—this was the ‘60s. Didn't everybody?

Midnight in Peking
Midnight in Peking How the Murder of A Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China By French, Paul Book - 2012 364.1523 F8888M 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:It was 1937, and as clouds of war gathered on the horizon, a ghastly ritualistic murder was left unsolved—until now.

The Good Nurse
The Good Nurse A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder By Graeber, Charles Book - 2013 364.15232 C8976G 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Dubbed the "Angel of Death" by some media outlets, registered nurse Charlie Cullen confessed to killing dozens of hospital patients over a 16-year period, and is implicated in the murder of hundreds more.

The Inheritor's Powder
The Inheritor's Powder A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science By Hempel, Sandra Book - 2013 364.1523 H376i 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the 1830s, there was one sure way to get away with murder: arsenic. Witness the birth of toxicology, the bane of poisoners.

Lost Girls
Lost Girls An Unsolved American Mystery By Kolker, Robert Book - 2013 364.1523 K8327L 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:This sensitive and searching account of the unsolved murders of five prostitutes whose bodies were found on Long Island makes one thing very clear: there are no disposable people.

Room 1219
Room 1219 The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood By Merritt, Greg Book - 2013 791.43028 Ar19M 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Have you heard about Fatty Arbuckle and the actress in the hotel room? You heard wrong. Here's the real story behind the salacious scandal.

People Who Eat Darkness
People Who Eat Darkness The True Story of A Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo-- and the Evil That Swallowed Her up By Parry, Richard Lloyd Book - 2012 364.1523 B565P 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 3 copies

Annotation:Nightmares sometimes really do come true, as they did on one terrifying night for young Lucie Blackman. Also check out Jake Adelstein's "Tokyo Vice."

The Monster of Florence
The Monster of Florence By Preston, Douglas J. Book - 2008 363.1523 P9267M 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:While investigating the grisly predations of an Italian serial killer, an American thriller writer finds himself swept up in a bizarre case of perverted justice.

Psycho USA
Psycho USA Famous American Killers You Never Heard of By Schechter, Harold Book - 2012 364.1523 Sch21P 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Killers Peter Robinson, Polly Bodine and Anton Probst may not have the notoriety of Ted Bundy and Lizzie Borden, yet their crimes were eerily similar to famous ones. What makes some murders the stuff of legend?

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of A Serial Impostor By Seal, Mark Book - 2011 364.1633 G3154S 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:Only when Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his own daughter did the world learn that the wealthy American executive was really a German immigrant named Christian Gerhartsreiter. Stranger than fiction.

Bringing Adam Home
Bringing Adam Home The Abduction That Changed America By Standiford, Les Book - 2011 364.1523 W1681S 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:After a quarter of a century, a tireless investigator struggles to bring the killer of Adam, the son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, to justice.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of A Great Victorian Detective By Summerscale, Kate Book - 2008 364.1523 W576S 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:The first great Victorian sleuth was almost ruined by his obsession with this sensational 1860 case of a slain child found in a privy.

American Eve
American Eve Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl, and the Crime of the Century By Uruburu, Paula M. Book - 2008 B N365U 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Was Nesbit a steamy sexpot who drove men to murder, or the hapless victim of lecherous predators? The passage of a century has not dulled the lurid fascination of this celebrity scandal.

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