29 True Crime Books Fans Of "Serial" Should Read

    Goodbye, sleep.

    1. Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

    Just finished @johnsafran's Murder in Mississippi. Funny and gripping and wonderfully weird.

    2. Night Games by Anna Krien

    Have to say, Night Games, by Anna Krien (William Hill Sport Book Of The year) is a frighteningly good book.

    3. The Innocent Man by John Grisham

    Reading John Grisham's "The Innocent Man". His non-fiction's almost as good as his fiction. And with Grisham that's saying a lot.

    4. The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

    Utterly enthralled by Ann Rule's "The stranger beside me" - she worked with and knew serial killer Ted Bundy. Fascinating.

    5. Popular Crime by Bill James

    Was enjoying 'popular crime' by Bill James so much last night that I forgot to sleep. Damn writers.

    6. Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell

    @1pcornwell portrait of a killer was very convincing/clever! I couldn't put it down!

    7. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

    have begun reading "helter skelter" again. honestly, if you want the definitive true crime book, this one is it. bugliosi is a genius.

    8. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

    @susanorlean I finally just finished "The Orchid Thief." I may manage to kill every plant I own, but I found it a tremendous read!

    9. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry

    Just remembered The People Who Eat Darkness, an excellent book that I hadn't thought of in a year, and now I need to go hide under my bed

    10. Forensics by Val McDermid

    Fascinating - although you may want to eat breakfast first! The grisly history of forensics – Val McDermid http://t.co/EHH90tdqof

    11. A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger

    Just started a new #book and I can't put it down...so well written. Sebastian Junger: 'A Death in Belmont'.

    12. The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

    Listening to Serial makes me want to reread THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER by Janet Malcolm a 10th time

    13. A Wilderness of Error by Jeffrey MacDonald

    Almost finished with "A Wilderness of Error" by Errol Morris. Brilliant. Stunned and mortified that Jeffrey MacDonald is still in prison.

    14. How to Get Away With Murder in America by Evan Wright

    Read 'how to get away with murder in america' by evan wright. Quick-read, fascinating, mind-boggling, shocking. Excerpt http://t.co/fBdNhxXS

    15. Lost Girls by Robert Kolker

    If you're in any way intrigued by true crime stories, check out Robert Kolker's LOST GIRLS, about the Long Island serial killer.

    16. Coronado High by Joshuah Bearman

    Halfway through Joshuah Bearman's ebook "Coronado High." If you liked the movie "Blow," you'll love this story. https://t.co/hLpr70TFmg

    17. Homicide by David Simon

    Finished rereading David Simon's excellent "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" this weekend. Non-fiction crime writing at its best.

    18. Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt

    For those of you who don't know much about the West Memphis Three case, I have to recommend Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt. #wm3

    19. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

    I am writing about Capote's In Cold Blood. Again. It's a bloody astonishing book. Conceived of journalism, born of a novelist.

    20. The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer

    Finished reading "The Executioner's Song" last night. One of the most engrossing books I've ever read. Loved it.

    21. A Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbutt

    Reading Judith Tebbutt's "A Long Walk Home", what a strong woman and what a haunting nightmare of an experience. She never gave up hope.

    22. The Trials of White Boy Rick by Evan Hughes

    Sublimely crafted w/ hard-nosed reporting, The Trials of White Boy Rick by @evanhughes gave me chills this morning. https://t.co/SHhjBtCccH

    23. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

    Finally finished THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. Excellent non-fiction, well worth your time.

    24. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale

    I've just finished reading the majestic The Suspicions of Mr.Whicher.It is quite some time since I found a book so absorbing & compelling.

    25. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

    Just finished Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Brilliant & troubling book. Highly recommended.

    26. Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

    I'm so obsessed with serial killers, I'm still reading John E. Douglas at 5am. I'm a bit scared but it's worth it.

    27. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann

    Stayed up until midnight last night to finish "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes" by @DavidGrann. Fantastic book, highly recommended.

    28. An Innocent Man by Pamela Colloff

    Just finished the excellent "An Innocent Man" by Pamela Colloff in @texasmonthly Thorough, nuanced, and a perfect ending. #longreads2012

    29. The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist by Rich Schapiro

    Just read a fascinating article in @Wired about "The Collar Bomb Heist". An absolute must-read before somebody smart options for a film.

    Read these? Great! Share some other recommendations for fans of true crime.


    Gary Gilmore was arrested for the murders of two men in Utah. An earlier version of this post said they were women.