September 20, 2011
Our security officer finally got me to confess that I occasionally read true crime books. However, before recommending a short list of true crime titles, let me explain my selection process.
The novel Crime and Punishment is a classic because the main character finally finds his way out of crime’s darkness. Yet, actual true crime stories can focus on psychopaths who lack humanity. Some such grim tales, I find too disturbing to read.
The true crime books I do read leave something to the imagination, since the motives and evidence behind crimes may not always be clear. Usually then, I prefer either narratives showing how crime takes on a life of its own or crime sagas with revealing insights. So, the titles below are about crimes that are either organized, brazen, or simply remain unsolved. Now, here are those unlawful selections.
Angels of Death: Inside the Biker Gangs’ Crime Empire. Author: Julian Sher. 464p.
The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century. Author: Howie Carr. 342p.
Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires. Author: Selwyn Raab. 765p.
L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City. Author: John Buntin. 419p.
Public Enemies: America’s greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34. Author: Bryan Burrough. 562p.
Unsolved Crimes: The Top Ten Unsolved Murders of the 20th Century. Author: Kirk Wilson. 332p.
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