True crime novels have all the best elements: grisly crimes, complex characters, beautiful language, well-crafted storytelling, and the sad and sickening fact that every detail really happened. This list contains information on true crime novels, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best true crime novels come in many forms. Some good true crime novels are about one specific crime, while other popular true crime novels are about serial killers. A few of the greatest true crime novels even give readers inside information about the mafia.
What books will you find on this true crime reading list? Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi has to be near the top. Used as the basis for Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece, Goodfellas, this true crime book follows the story of Mafia informant, Henry Hill. Helter Skelter is another one of the best true crime novels ever written.
Truman Capote detailed the 1959 killings of the Herbert Clutter family in his non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood. Other good books featured on this top true crime novels list include The Devil in the White City, The Executioner's Song, and Devil's Knot.
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The Sylvia Likens story.