True Crime for Summertime - 7 must read true crime books!


"He was a compulsive prowler and searcher. We, who hunt him, suffer from the same affliction." - Michelle McNamara, I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I’m a true crime junkie. I listen to the podcasts, watch documentaries and TV shows, and of course, read all the true crime books. I can’t get enough.

Here are some picks—some terrifying while others not scary at all—for you!

 

1. FURIOUS HOURS BY CASEY CEP

After the unquantifiable success of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee got stuck. Her agents, publisher, family, friends, and fans expected a follow-up book but years passed and Lee could never commit to an idea. In the 1970s, she FINALLY found a subject for a true crime book (a genre popularized by childhood best friend, Truman Capote): the Reverend Willie Maxwell, who very likely killed five family members to cash out on life insurance policies. But Lee was never able to crack the story and as we all know, she never did complete another book (Go Set a Watchman doesn’t count, that was a draft).

 

​​ 2. THE FEATHER THIEF BY KIRK WALLACE JOHNSON

Edwin Rist is a salmon fly-tying prodigy. Unfortunately for Edwin, fly-tying is a hobby that had its heyday in the 19th century, which means the feathers he most desires are from birds now endangered or extinct. So how does one get such rare feathers? Break into a natural history museum, of course! A fascinating non-murdery true crime book about a bizarre heist.

 

​​ 3. THE QUEEN BY JOSH LEVIN