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Some Of The Best True Crime Writers

Erik Larson

Larson wrote a number of non-fiction historical books before writing his bestselling book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, a true account of a serial killer who used a fare to lure victims to their deaths.

It often hailed as one of the best true crime books of all time.

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The Secret Barrister

Anonymous barrister and twitter sensation, The Secret Barrister wrote bestseller, Stories of The Law and How It’s Broken, cataloguing all the problems and policy errors relating to the English and Welsh Criminal Justice System.

Click here to read our exclusive interview with the Secret Barrister.

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Carol Ann Lee

Prolific true crime writer Carol Ann Lee has written many books about notorious killers. In her most recent book, Somebody’s Mother, Somebody’s Daughter, she looks at the case of the Yorkshire Ripper from the perspective of his victims.

She has also written two books about the Moors murderers, One Of Your Own and Evil Relations. In A Fine Day For A Hanging she tells the story of Ruth Ellis.

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Stephen Fulcher

In Catching a Serial Killer: My hunt for murderer Christopher Halliwell, writer and former Detective Superintendent tells the fascinating and chilling story of his famously unconventional methods in the hunt for a serial killer.

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Natascha Kampusch

In her book 3096 Days, Austrian, Natasha Kampusch tells her harrowing story of being abducted and held hostage by Wolfgang Priklopil until her eventual escape, years later.

In 2017 she wrote 10 Years of Freedom in which she describes her struggle to cope with all the publicity after a childhood in captivity.

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Thomas Grant

Practising barrister, Thomas Grant’s highly acclaimed first book Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories charts the career of the famous QC from a bygone age whose cases included the fight against literary censorship through his defence of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Christine Keeler and Great Train robber Charlie Wilson. His latest book, Court Number One researches many of the trials heard at The Old Bailey that came to define Modern Britain.

You can read our book review of Court Number One here.  

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Deborah Blum

This Pulitzer prize winner used all her scientific skills to write The Poisoner’s Handbook about the murder weapon of choice in 1920’s New York.

Her follow up book, The Poison Squad, again focusing on New York, charts the history of food hygiene and how the industry moved towards regulation.

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John E. Douglas

John Edward Douglas is a former special agent and unit chief with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), one of the first criminal profilers, and criminal psychology author. He was the inspiration behind the character Jack Crawford in Silence of The Lambs. He wrote bestselling book Mindhunter, famously adapted into a Netflix series.

His follow up book, Journey Into Darkness, takes a look at some of the worst crimes over the past century.

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Kerry Daynes

Drawing on her career as a forensic psychologist, Daynes wrote The Dark Side of The Mind in which she delves into the mind of the criminal and gives a fascinating insight into how mental health issues are addressed in the criminal justice system.

She also wrote Is There A Psycho in Your Life?

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Truman Capote

In 1966, screenwriter, Truman Capote, now deceased wrote In Cold Blood, a journalistic account of the murder of a family in Kansas, analysing not only. the killings, but their consequences.

It is a widely held belief that he was assisted in writing In Cold Blood by his lifelong friend, Harper Lee. Capote’s book is often credited as being one of the ground-breakers in this genre.

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