Monday, September 16, 2013

Nine of the best true-crime books

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Lauren Passell tagged nine books for the true-crime obsessed, including:
Columbine, by Dave Cullen

Everyone knows what happened at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, but it takes the detailed version written by Dave Cullen, who remained in Aurora for ten years after the shooting, to really get a feeling for what happened that day. In one scene, students hide under desks as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold storm through classrooms, looking for their next victim. Not until reading Cullen’s words was I able to fathom what it would be like to be there—targeted and waiting for two violent, unstable, fearless boys to act. Cullen takes us under those desks. He takes us through the whole thing, splitting fact from fiction, offering insight into the why, and coloring in all the gaps of the tragedy we thought we understood.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see: Randy Dotinga's five favorite historical true-crime books from the last decade; Errol Morris's five top tales of true crime; Ron Hansen's five best literary tales of real-life crimes; Sarah Weinman's seven best true crime books; and Ann Rule's five best list of true-crime books.

--Marshal Zeringue