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List of famous true crime books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular true crime books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best true crime novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

List is made up of books like In Cold Blood and Shantaram.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best true crime books?" and "What are the most famous true crime books?"

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100 Years of Lynchings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
100 Years of Lynchings Ralph Ginzburg

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A Biographical Dictionary Of T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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A Book Of Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Book Of Scoundrels Charles Whibley

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A Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Cold Case Philip Gourevitch

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A Death in Belmont is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Death in Belmont Sebastian Junger

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A Death in Belmont, CD is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Death in Belmont, CD Sebastian Junger

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A Murder in Our Town is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Murder in Our Town Arthur Herzog

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A place of my own is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A place of my own Michael Pollan

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A Private Disgrace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Private Disgrace Victoria Lincoln

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A Rage to Kill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Rage to Kill Ann Rule

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A Rose for Her Grave and Other... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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A Safe Place is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Safe Place Lorenzo Carcaterra

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A Time to Die is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A Time to Die Tom Wicker

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A True Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
A True Deliverance Fred Harwell

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A Wilderness of Error: The Tri... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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Abandoned Prayers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Abandoned Prayers Gregg Olsen

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All She Wanted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
All She Wanted Aphrodite Jones

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America at Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
America at Night Larry J. Kolb

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American Ground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
American Ground William Langewiesche

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American Lightning: Terror, My... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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And Never Let Her Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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Anyone's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Anyone's Daughter Shana Alexander

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Approaching Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Approaching Zero Paul Mungo

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April 16th is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
April 16th Roland Lazenby

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Armed and Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Armed and Dangerous Douglas Century

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As if is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
As if Blake Morrison

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Assassination of Embassy Row is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Assassination of Embassy Row Saul Landau, John Dinges

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At Mother's Request is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
At Mother's Request Jonathan Coleman

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Baby Be Mine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Baby Be Mine Diane Fanning

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Bad Boy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Bad Boy Gary Lavergne

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Before He Wakes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Before He Wakes Jerry Bledsoe

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Bestial is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Bestial Harold Schechter

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Bitter Almonds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Bitter Almonds Gregg Olsen

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Bitter Blood: A True Story of ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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Bitter Harvest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Bitter Harvest Ann Rule

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Black Hornet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Black Hornet James Sallis

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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Black Mass Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill

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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Blind Faith Joe McGinniss

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Blood and Money is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Blood and Money Thomas Thompson

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Blood Will Tell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Blood Will Tell Gary Cartwright

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Bloodletters and badmen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Bloodletters and badmen Jay Robert Nash

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Bringing Down the House: The I... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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Bully: A True Story of High Sc... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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Burden of Proof: The Case of J... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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By Persons Unknown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
By Persons Unknown George Jonas

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By Reason of Doubt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
By Reason of Doubt Ellen Godfrey

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Careless Whispers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Careless Whispers Carlton Stowers

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Children Who Kill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Children Who Kill Carol Anne Davis

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Circumstantial Evidence is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels

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Closing Time is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous True Crime Books and Novels
Closing Time Lacey Fosburgh