Category Archives: True Crime Books

Jenny Wells: Nominees for the Goodreads Awards

It’s that time of year when the end of the year book awards and the best of lists begin to make the rounds. I especially like watching the Goodreads Awards because it is the only major book award decided by readers.

The nominees in the 21 categories were announced at the beginning of November and if you visit http://www.goodreads.com, you can cast your votes.

I, however, like to spend time there because the nominees expand my “To Be Read” list. Out of the 100s of nominees listed, I have only read nine this year so far! Because I primarily sell used books at Jenny’s Paper Ink Books, I try to read a lot of “backlist” titles. But I did manage a few new ones worth highlighting for you today.

‘I’ll Be Gone in the

Read more at: https://www.theunion.com/entertainment/jenny-wells-nominees-for-the-goodreads-awards/

The New ‘Dirty John’ Book By Host Christopher Goffard Contains SO Many Fascinating True Crime Stories

If you are one of the 20 million listeners who downloaded the Dirty John podcast, then you already know that host and Los Angeles Times staff writer Christopher Goffard knows how to tell one hell of a story. His features about grifters and conmen, criminals and outcasts, the wronged and the wrongly accused have been published in newspapers across the country, and now, for the first time, he’s collected some of his best stories like “Dirty John” into one book that all true crime fans are going to love.

Long before he became famous in the podcasting world, acclaimed literary journalist Christopher Goffard made a name for himself finding the most intriguing stories in the darkest corners of society and shining a light on them for all of America to see. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has written about everything from prison gangs

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-new-dirty-john-book-by-host-christopher-goffard-contains-so-many-fascinating-true-crime-stories-13134176

The New ‘Dirty John’ Book By Host Christopher Goffard Contains SO …

If you are one of the 20 million listeners who downloaded the Dirty John podcast, then you already know that host and Los Angeles Times staff writer Christopher Goffard knows how to tell one hell of a story. His features about grifters and conmen, criminals and outcasts, the wronged and the wrongly accused have been published in newspapers across the country, and now, for the first time, he’s collected some of his best stories like “Dirty John” into one book that all true crime fans are going to love.

Long before he became famous in the podcasting world, acclaimed literary journalist Christopher Goffard made a name for himself finding the most intriguing stories in the darkest corners of society and shining a light on them for all of America to see. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has written about everything from prison gangs

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-new-dirty-john-book-by-host-christopher-goffard-contains-so-many-fascinating-true-crime-stories-13134176

Veteran Homelessness, Dolores Huerta & A True Crime Story

On Veteran’s Day, Sundial features Ashley Esposito, a former veteran from Miami who struggled with homelessness. She eventually got a home and went back to school with the support of Operation Sacred Trust, a group funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs that helps veterans transition out of homelessness. Esposito and Seth Eisenberg, president and founder of Operation Sacred Trust, joined Sundial to talk about the challenges of helping veterans return to civilian life.

Next, we talked to Dolores Huerta, 88, a legendary civil rights activist and labor organizer who helped found the United Farm Workers movement along with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s. Huerta was Chavez’s right hand and helped coined the phrase, “Si Se Puede,” or “Yes We Can.” Huerta was in South Florida two weeks ago and talked to Sundial about her efforts to get Latino voters engaged with democracy as part of the campaign People For the American

Read more at: http://www.wlrn.org/post/veteran-homelessness-dolores-huerta-true-crime-story

In Gilbert King’s words: an excerpt from ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found is Gilbert King’s second book about true crime in Lake County, Florida. The first was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.

In Beneath a Ruthless Sun, King tells the shocking story of what happened after a woman was sexually assaulted in December 1957 in the tiny town of Okahumpka. This excerpt describes the immediate response to the crime from Lake County’s notoriously racist and violent sheriff, Willis McCall.

— Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

“Late in the evening of the 17th, in a ranch house east of Eustis, Noel Griffin Jr. was lying asleep in bed with his wife, June, when the telephone rang, startling them both. It was Sheriff Willis McCall, with an urgent ten-eight that put his twenty-nine-year-old deputy into immediate service.

Read more at: https://www.tampabay.com/features/books/the-pulitzer-prize-winners-second-book-centers-on-a-true-crime-in-lake-county-20181109/

Adultery and arsenic combine in the true crime history ‘Murder by Milkshake’

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It has all the elements of a good detective novel, except it’s 100 per cent true. Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer is the latest book from Vancouver historian Eve Lazarus.

“I think people are still fascinated with it because it was such a bold crime,” she explains. “I wrote about it first in At Home With History back in 2007. At that time I was writing about the murder through the house where it took place in Kerrisdale.”

Murder by Milkshake is the true story of a Vancouver radio personality who poisons his wife to death so he can marry his mistress. “In 1965, Rene Castellani was a CKNW broadcaster and promoter. He was married to Esther and had been for about 20 years and fell in love with [Lolly] a 25 year old radio receptionist.”

Read more at: https://www.citynews1130.com/2018/11/04/adultery-arsenic-true-crime-murder-by-milkshake/

“Slaying In South St. Louis” Details True Crime



While some readers favor fictional murder mysteries set in quaint villages, others prefer gritty true crime stories from their own hometowns. Vicki Berger Erwin and Bryan Erwin’s new book, “Slaying in South St. Louis: Justice denied for Nancy Zanone,” is definitely for the latter group.

The crime at the center of the book is the 1963 murder of Nancy Zanone by 15-year-old Joseph Arbeiter. Zanone was a young mother of two when she was stabbed in her home on Chippewa. The authors present background biographical information about both victim and assailant using family photos, interviews and documents from the

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Susan Orlean writes a love letter to libraries wrapped in a true-crime story with ‘The Library Book’

Lit Life

For those of us who love books, libraries are sacred places. Ask any reader to describe their childhood library — if they were lucky enough to have one — and you’ll likely get a lovingly detailed portrait. (Mine? Down a staircase, smelling deliciously of old paper and rain and acetate book covers and possibility, and featuring a favorite librarian — I never knew her name — who had very long hair and a way of whisking cards through the stamping machine at a speed so breakneck I worried her fingers would get tangled.)

Susan Orlean, known for her literary nonfiction in The New Yorker and in book form (“The Orchid Thief,” “Rin Tin Tin”), grew up visiting the Bertram Woods Branch Library in suburban Cleveland with her mother, and treasured those trips. Over the years of her career as a

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese officially making Oklahoma true-crime book ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ their …

The project will mark the sixth film DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked on together, including “The Departed,” “Gangs of New York” and, most recently, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” According to Variety, DiCaprio is currently filming Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” while Scorsese is in post-production on his Netflix mob drama “The Irishman.”

As previously reported, Scorsese and DiCaprio’s interest in adapting Grann’s New York Times bestselling book came to light last year. Rights to “Flower Moon” were grabbed up by Imperative in 2016 for a reported $5 million. 

Grann’s book is based on a four-year series of real-life murders that occurred in Oklahoma in the 1920s, as members of the Osage nation were shot, poisoned, bombed and otherwise slain after oil was discovered under their lands. The haunting series of slayings was one of the fledgling FBI’s first major homicide

Read more at: https://newsok.com/article/5612852/leonardo-dicaprio-and-martin-scorsese-officially-making-oklahoma-true-crime-book-killers-of-the-flower-moon-their-next-film-collaboration