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23 Best True Crime Books of All Time

(Updated 2021) Our goal was to create the best list of True Crime books on the internet.
To remain objective and unbiased, we looked at the 5 most popular“best True Crime books" articles online (we chose 5 because anything more than that diluted our quality).

Our rationale was simple: If a book only appears in one article, it’s probably just the journalist’s opinion, but if it appears in two or more, it’s probably worth checking out!
Below you’ll find which books made the cut 😊

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  1. 1

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 5 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5

    My Dark Places

    James Ellroy

    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    I'll Be Gone in the Dark

    Michelle McNamara

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8

    Helter Skelter

    Vincent Bugliosi

    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11

    The Feather Thief

    Kirk Wallace Johnson

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12

    The Fact of a Body

    Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15

    Shot in the Heart

    Mikal Gilmore

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16

    Party Monster

    James St. James

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17

    Mindhunter

    John E. Douglas

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18

    Lost Girls

    Robert Kolker

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19

    Devil's Knot

    Mara Leveritt

    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20

    Black Edge

    Sheelah Kolhatkar

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    21

    Bad Blood

    John Carreyrou

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22

    American Predator

    Maureen Callahan

    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23

    American Fire

    Monica Hesse

    Appears in 2 articles

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