Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Seven true crime titles for domestic-suspense lovers

Lisa Levy is a columnist and contributing editor at LitHub and CrimeReads. She is the former EIC of crime fiction site The Life Sentence and the former Mystery/Noir editor at the LA Review of Books.

At CrimeReads Levy tagged seven "remarkable true stories ... interrogating what we think we know about those closest to us, those who are supposed to care or watch out for us, those who are supposed to protect us." One title on the list:
The Good Nurse, by Charles Graeber

This is by far the most chilling of these books, which have at their core some sense of family or community. The, well, bad nurse of the title is Charles Cullen who has been called “America’s most prolific serial killer.” Cullen killed at least 400 people in his 16-year career as a nurse. Graeber does a scary good job of getting inside Cullen’s head. Whenever people got suspicious of him at one hospital, he’d move on, working at nine overall. He knew how to use the law, and people’s naivety, to his advantage. As Graeber was the only journalist Cullen would talk to, a kind of relationship, maybe even a friendship, forms there as well, heightening the creep factor.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue