November 2019 - True Crime

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True crime is a non-fiction literary genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people. 

It's just the right kind of creepy for a cold winter night. Enjoy these curated picks for November. 


Sue Klebold
Description: On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. In a matter of minutes, they killed twelve students and a teacher and wounded twenty-four others before taking their own lives. For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Here she chronicles her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible, shedding light on one of the most pressing issues of our time.--Adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: 373.1782 Kle
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Gil Reavill
Call Number: 363.25 Rea
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Chris McGreal
Description: Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the opioid epidemic, McGreal reveals not only how Big Pharma hooked Americans on powerfully addictive drugs, but the corrupting of medicine and public institutions that let the opioid makers get away with it. A few physicians warned of impending disaster, but the forces they were up against-- including the pharmaceutical industry's coopting of the Food and Drug Administration and Congress in the drive to push painkillers-- resulted in the resurgence of heroin cartels in the American heartland. McGreal shows how its ruinous consequences will stretch years into the future. -- adapted from jacket.
Call Number: 362.29 McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Tom (Wall Street Journal reporter) Wright, Bradley Hope, Will Collyer
Description: Presents the story of Jho Low, who in 2009 convinced the prime minister of Malaysia to create an investment fund which Low spent the next decade siphoning off billions of dollars from.
Call Number: 364.163 Wri
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Ron Stallworth
Description: In 1978 detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, answered an ad recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan. A few weeks later, his office phone rang and the man on the other end of the line asked, "Do you want to join our cause?" This launched Ron into an incredible undercover investigation, with his white partner playing "Ron" in person, while he took the phone calls, eventually befriending David Duke himself.
Call Number: 322.42 Sta
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Paul French
Description: Shanghai, 1930s; it was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could beforgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, and fortunes made--and lost. "Lucky" Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-U.S. Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison and rose to become the Slots King of Shanghai. "Dapper" Joe Farren--a Jewish boy who fed Vienna's ghetto--ruled the nightclubs. His chorus lines rivalled Ziegfeld's. In 1940, Lucky Jack and Dapper Joe bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation, and war. They thought they ruled Shanghai, but the city had other ideas. This is the story of their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction left in their wake.
Call Number: 364.106 Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Margalit Fox
Description: "In 1908 an elderly woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow apartment. The police found a convenient but innocent suspect in Oscar Slater--a Jewish cardsharp--who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, already the world-famous creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Over the years he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and police diaries, meticulously noting myriad holes and inconsistencies. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom. Conan Doyle for the Defense immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection, telling the story of how Conan Doyle managed to get this murder conviction overturned by employing the methods of his most famous creation. Along the way, Fox illuminates a watershed moment in the history of criminal justice when reflexive prejudice began gradually to be replaced by reason and the scientific method"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Fox
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Kate Winkler Dawson
Description: In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least six women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.
Call Number: 364.1523 Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Mara Leveritt
Call Number: 364.1523 Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
James Patterson, John Connolly, Tim (Journalist) Malloy
Description: "Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City's financial elite. A college dropout with an instinct for numbers--and for people--Epstein amassed his wealth through a combination of access and skill. But even after he had it all, Epstein wanted more. And that unceasing desire--especially a taste for young girls--resulted in his stunning fall from grace. From Epstein himself, to the girls he employed as masseuses at his home, to the cops investigating the appalling charges against him, Filthy Rich examines all sides of a case that scandalized one of America's richest communities."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 364.153 Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Casey N. Cep, Hillary Huber
Description: Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable, gripping story to life on the page: from the shocking murders to the chicanery of insurance fraud to the courtroom drama. At the same time, it is a vividly told, elegiac account of Harper Lee's quest to write a second book after To Kill a Mockingbird, and a deeply moving portrait of this beloved writer's struggle with fame, success, and the mysteries of artistic creativity.
Call Number: 364.15232 Cep
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Jon Krakauer
Description: "In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula--the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them"--Book jacket.
Call Number: 362.883 Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Rachel DeLoache Williams
Description: "From a photo editor at Vanity Fair comes the true account of her friendship with "Anna Delvey"--a woman posing as a German heiress who conned her out of $62,000--and her quest to obtain justice"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.163 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Jay Dobyns, Nils Johnson-Shelton
Description: The first federal agent to infiltrate the inner circle of the Hells Angels, Dobyns finally tells the inside story of the 21-month operation that almost cost him his family, his sanity, and his life.
Call Number: LP 364.106 Dob
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Dashka Slater
Description: "One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight." -- Amazon.com
Call Number: YA 364.1555 Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Radley Balko, Tucker (W. Tucker) Carrington, Robert Fass
Description: In this account of two tragedies, Dr. Steven Hayne was a medical examiner in Mississippi and Dr. Michael West a dentist and self-styled "bite-mark specialist." The second tragedy is of two black men wrongly convicted by Hayne's and West's reports. The authors reveal how this tragedy happened and how to prevent its happening again.
Call Number: 614.1 Bal
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Jesse Eisinger
Description: Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "Too Big to Fail" to almost every large corporation in America-- to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club--an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs--explains why. The book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice--a story that spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives. Exposing one of the most important scandals of our time, this book explains how our Justice Department has come to avoid, bungle, and mismanage the fight to bring these alleged criminals to justice.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: 345.7302 Eis
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Kirk W. Johnson
Description: On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This is the gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice.
Call Number: 364.162 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Alex Perry
Description: "An unprecedented look inside a ruthless and obscenely wealthy branch of the Italian Mafia and the electrifying story of the brave women who decided to fight back"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.106 Per
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Axton Betz-Hamilton
Description: In a powerful memoir, identity theft expert Betz-Hamilton tells the shocking and unsettling story of her family, betrayal, and deceit. Convinced that the thief had to be someone they knew, Axton and her parents completely cut off the outside world, isolating themselves from friends and family.
Call Number: ordered 091919
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Sarah Weinman
Description: "In 1948, Sally Horner was just eleven years old when she was kidnapped by a man claiming to be an FBI agent. Seven years later, Vladimir Nabokov published Lolita, perhaps the most seminal novel of the twentieth century. Sarah Weinman's investigation into how the two are connected is a thrilling, heartbreaking mix of literary scholarship and true-crime writing."--back cover.
Call Number: 362.88 Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Ryan McMahon Jacobs
Description: Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables, the truffle supply chain is touched by theft, secrecy, sabotage, and fraud. Farmers patrol their fields with rifles and fear losing trade secrets to spies. Hunters plant poisoned meatballs to eliminate rival truffle-hunting dogs. Naive buyers and even knowledgeable experts are duped by liars and counterfeits. This exposé documents the dark, sometimes deadly crimes at each level of the truffle's path from ground to plate, making sense of an industry that traffics in scarcity, seduction, and cash. Through it all, a question lingers: What, other than money, draws people to these dirt-covered knobs?
Call Number: 381.4158 Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Kate Summerscale
Description: In East London in the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age thirteen) and his brother Nattie (age twelve) were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. The judge sentenced him to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Shockingly, Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Summerscale re-creates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past.--Adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: 364.1523 Sum
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Cylin Busby, John Busby
Description: Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.
Call Number: 920 Bus
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
Nancy Rommelmann
Description: On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Rommelmann traced the roots of Amanda's fury and desperation through pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and a myriad of secrets and lies as dark and turbulent as the Willamette River.
Call Number: 364.1523 Rom
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 15, 2019
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A Mother's Reckoning : Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy
Sue Klebold
373.1782 Kle
No Angel [Large Print] : My Harrowing Undercover Journey To The Inner Circle Of The Hells Angels
Jay Dobyns, Nils Johnson-Shelton
LP 364.106 Dob
Aftermath, Inc. : Cleaning Up After Csi Goes Home
Gil Reavill
363.25 Rea
The 57 Bus
Dashka Slater
YA 364.1555 Sla
American Overdose : The Opioid Tragedy In Three Acts
Chris McGreal
362.29 McG
The Cadaver King And The Country Dentist [Audiobook] : A True Story Of Injustice In The American South
Radley Balko, Tucker (W. Tucker) Carrington, Robert Fass
614.1 Bal
Billion Dollar Whale [Audiobook] : The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, And The World
Tom (Wall Street Journal reporter) Wright, Bradley Hope, Will Collyer
364.163 Wri
The Chickenshit Club : Why The Justice Department Fails To Prosecute Executives
Jesse Eisinger
345.7302 Eis
Black Klansman [Audiobook]
Ron Stallworth
322.42 Sta
The Feather Thief : Beauty, Obsession, And The Natural History Heist Of The Century
Kirk W. Johnson
364.162 Joh
City Of Devils : The Two Men Who Ruled The Underworld Of Old Shanghai
Paul French
364.106 Fre
The Good Mothers : The True Story Of The Women Who Took On The World's Most Powerful Mafia
Alex Perry
364.106 Per
Conan Doyle For The Defense : The True Story Of A Sensational British Murder, A Quest For Justice, And The World's Most Famous Detective Writer
Margalit Fox
364.1523 Fox
The Less People Know About Us : A Mystery Of Betrayal, Family Secrets, And Stolen Identity
Axton Betz-Hamilton
ordered 091919
Death In The Air : The True Story Of A Serial Killer, The Great London Smog, And The Strangling Of A City
Kate Winkler Dawson
364.1523 Daw
The Real Lolita : The Kidnapping Of Sally Horner And The Novel That Scandalized The World
Sarah Weinman
362.88 Wei
Devil's Knot : The True Story Of The West Memphis Three
Mara Leveritt
364.1523 Lev
The Truffle Underground : A Tale Of Mystery, Mayhem, And Manipulation In The Shadowy Market Of The World's Most Expensive Fungus
Ryan McMahon Jacobs
381.4158 Jac
Filthy Rich : A Powerful Billionaire, The Sex Scandal That Undid Him, And All The Justice That Money Can Buy : The Shocking True Story Of Jeffrey Epstein
James Patterson, John Connolly, Tim (Journalist) Malloy
364.153 Pat
The Wicked Boy : The Mystery Of A Victorian Child Murderer
Kate Summerscale
364.1523 Sum
Furious Hours [Audiobook] : Murder, Fraud, And The Last Trial Of Harper Lee
Casey N. Cep, Hillary Huber
364.15232 Cep
The Year We Disappeared : A Father-daughter Memoir
Cylin Busby, John Busby
920 Bus
Missoula : Rape And The Justice System In A College Town
Jon Krakauer
362.883 Kra
To The Bridge : A True Story Of Motherhood And Murder
Nancy Rommelmann
364.1523 Rom
My Friend Anna : The True Story Of A Fake Heiress
Rachel DeLoache Williams
364.163 Wil