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Starve the Vulture: A Memoir

by Jason Carney Kaylie Jones Books (December 15, 2014)

A stirring story of criminality, drug addiction, recovery, and unlikely fame.


Gangsters' Wives

by Tammy Cohen Quercus (November 04, 2014)

Behind every good man is a good woman. But what lies behind every bad man? Gangsters' Wives tells the side of the story you didn't know--what it's like to live with Britain's most lawless men, from the women...


The Search for Anne Perry

by Joanne Drayton Arcade (June 03, 2014)

A New York Times Best Seller!

In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the movie Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship....


Hash

by Wensley Clarkson Quercus (August 12, 2014)

For millions of people across the world, lighting up a joint is no more controversial than having a cup of tea. But in Hash Wensley Clarkson explores the dark and sinister side of this multi-billion pound business:...


Cocaine Confidential

by Wensley Clarkson Quercus (August 12, 2014)

From those who grow the coca to the end dealers-the inside stories of the people involved in the world of cocaine smuggling Cocaine is the world's most notorious narcotic. It underpins a vast, multi-billion...


Running With Dillinger: The Story of Red Hamilton and Other Forgotten Canadian Outlaws

by Edward Butts Dundurn (February 12, 2008)

From the last men to be hanged in P.E.I to the bandits who plundered banks and trains in Canada and the U.S, this collection of true crime stories picks up where The Desperate Ones left off.


Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil

by Andrew Nikiforuk & Chris Hedges Greystone Books (August 30, 2014)

At Trickle Creek in northern Alberta, Wiebo Ludwig thought he’d buffered his tiny religious community from civilization, but in 1990 civilization came calling. A Calgary oil company proposed to drill directly...


Gotti's Rules

by George Anastasia Dey Street Books (January 27, 2015)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Honor and The Last Gangster—“one of the most respected crime reporters in the country” (60 Minutes)—comes the sure to be headline-making inside...


The Brotherhoods

by Guy Lawson & William Oldham Scribner (November 28, 2006)

INSIDE THE MOB. INSIDE THE NYPD. THE LAST GREAT MAFIA BOOK OF OUR TIME.

The Brotherhoods is the chilling chronicle of the shocking crimes of NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, notorious rogue...


This Family of Mine

by Victoria Gotti Pocket Books (September 29, 2009)

For decades, scandalous rumors and sensational tabloid headlines have obscured the truth about one the most famous and intriguing families in modern history: the real players, the real relationships, behind...


Scared Silent

by Mildred Muhammad Strebor Books (October 13, 2009)

SCARED SILENT

In this riveting memoir, Mildred Muhammad, the former wife of convicted "D.C. Sniper" John Muhammad, breaks her silence about the domestic violence she suffered during their marriage and the tragic...


Seven Days of Rage

by Paul LaRosa & Maria Cramer Pocket Books (September 15, 2009)

SEVEN DAYS OF RAGE

The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craigslist Killer

A producer from 48 Hours Mystery teams

with a Boston Globe reporter to reveal the

secret life of the young man known

as the "Craigslist Killer"...


Off the Street: Redemption

by Christopher Baughman Behler Publications (November 18, 2013)

A veteran detective hunts someone from his past to find justice for the brutalized victims of human trafficking.


Dracula's Bloodline: A Florescu Family Saga

by Radu R. Florescu & Matei Cazacu Hamilton Books (August 02, 2013)

This book tells the story of the Florescu family, from its feudal blood ties, to notorious 15th century figure Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), right up to present day. The authors drew on research that had mostly...


This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang

by Samuel Logan Hachette Books (July 07, 2009)

Like any American teenager, Brenda Paz spent much of her time with her friends. They would go to parties, listen to music, and show off their cars late into the night. But Brenda and her friends belonged to...


The Real George Freeman

by Tony Reeves Hybrid Publishers (May 01, 2013)

Sin City, 1970s. Crooked cops take the cream off the top of crime profits. Judges frequent illegal gambling dens. The winners of races are known before the horses have run. Heroin floods the streets, And the...


The Butcher

by Philip Carlo HarperCollins e-books (September 29, 2009)

The New York Times bestselling author of Gaspipe and The Ice Man, Phillip Carlo returns with a hair-raising portrait of arguably the most depraved psychopath in the history of the Mafia, mob enforcer Tommy “Karate”...


Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Ganster Dreams

by Richard Cohen Simon & Schuster (June 18, 2013)

Award-winning writer Rich Cohen excavates the real stories behind the legend of infamous criminal enforcers Murder, Inc. and contemplates the question: Where did the tough Jews go?

In 1930s Brooklyn, there lived...


Montreal's Irish Mafia

by D'Arcy O'Connor HarperCollins Publishers (September 10, 2013)

From the early days as hired muscle for the Italian and Jewish mafias, tunnelling into bank vaults in the '50s and '60s, to the legendary truck heists and bank stick-ups in the '70s, Montreal's Irish mafia-otherwise...


Hell To Pay

by Neal Hall HarperCollins Publishers (September 10, 2013)

Michael Plante, a low-level Hells Angels dog's body in Vancouver, is arrested for extortion in 2003. Coincidentally, police intercept a boat carrying cocaine from Colombia to Vancouver, a shipment arranged by...


Biker

by Jerry Langton HarperCollins Publishers (July 23, 2013)

Set in the a rust-belt city called Springfield, USA, Biker traces the career trajectory of Ned "Crash" Aiken, a small-time high-school drug dealer who rises quickly through the ranks of a major biker gang. He...


Dead Biker

by Jerry Langton HarperCollins Publishers (July 23, 2013)

Ned Aiken had thought he had seen it all. After dropping out of school to run with one of the Midwest`s most powerful outlaw motorcycle gangs, he spent some time with the Russian mafia - just barely escaping...


Gaspipe

by Philip Carlo HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

The boss of New York's infamous Lucchese crime family, Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso's life in the Mafia was preordained from birth. His rare talent for "earning"—concocting ingenious schemes to hijack trucks, rob...


True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

by Michael Finkel HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal...


You Can't Win

by Jack Black, Joe Coleman & William S Burroughs Feral House (June 21, 2013)

This underground sensation, with heretofore unpublished material by the author, will be released as a movie in 2013.


Unlocked

by Louis Ferrante HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

From the freewheeling rush of hijacking trucks to the brutal race wars that marked his decade-long stint in jail, former Mafia insider Louis Ferrante describes his remarkable journey from rising mobster to federal...


Lone Wolf

by Maryanne Vollers HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

Five years after escaping into the mountains of North Carolina, Eric Rudolph was becoming a figure of folk legend. The FBI had long since abandoned its manhunt—the largest ever on U.S. soil—for the fugitive...


Mr. Capone

by Robert Schoenberg HarperCollins e-books (June 23, 2009)

    All I ever did was to sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular.

    Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell...


It Took a Village

by Rubin Scott & Alma Buenavista eBookIt.com (April 10, 2013)

By: Alma Buenvista

Oakland Public School Teacher

With so much to say about Rubin Scott's book, It Takes a Village, if I had to choose one word to encapsulate the essence I would say: inspiring. Rubin Scott unpacks...


Phantom Justice

by Young Boone's Koo eBookIt.com (February 21, 2013)

Stirring memoir combines prison diaries.

This book provides a unique glimpse into what justice of Indiana was like, and describes harrowing experience with Indiana Justice and Judicial Systems.


Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

by George Rowe Atria Books (February 12, 2013)

This is the high-octane, no-holds-barred, true story of a bad guy turned good who busted open one of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs in history.

George Rowe’s gritty and harrowing story offers not...


Prisoner 1082: Escape from Crumlin Road Prison, Europe's Alcatraz

by Donal Donnelly The Collins Press (March 01, 2010)

On St Stephen's Day 1960 Dónal Donnelly made his dramatic escape from the prison known as 'Europe's Alcatraz'. Three years earlier, the teenage Dónal had been convicted of membership of the IRA in the first...


Texas Bad Girls: Hussie, Harlots, and Horse Thieves

by J. Lee Butts Taylor Trade Publishing (November 01, 2000)

Sometimes humorous, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes deeply sad and moving - such are the biographies of fifteen Texas bad girls. Husband killers, run-of-the-mill murderers, whorehouse madams, prostitutes,...


The Devil's Grip

by Neal Drinnan Simon & Schuster Australia (August 19, 2019)

Seven shots ring out in the silence of Victoria’s rolling Barrabool Hills. As the final recoil echoes through the paddocks, a revered sheep-breeding dynasty comes to a bloody and inglorious end.

No one could...


The Matriarch

by Adrian Tame Simon & Schuster Australia (June 17, 2019)

Kathy Pettingill is a name that’s both respected and feared, not only by Australia’s criminal underworld, but by many in the Victorian police force. As the matriarch at the head of the most notorious and...


Double Cross

by Bettina Giancana, Sam Giancana, Chuck Giancana & Tim Newark Skyhorse (November 01, 2016)

One of the most feared Chicago mobsters Sam Giancana clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy by starting as a hit man for Al Capone. He was known as one of the best vehicle escape artists, a tenacious...


Impact Statement

by Bob Halloran Skyhorse (July 18, 2017)

No one can deny that mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi are two of the most brutal killers in American history—not even the two gangsters themselves. But a jury denied the Davis...


H. H. Holmes

by Adam Selzer Skyhorse (April 04, 2017)

  • Shares with readers America’s first and most infamous serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago
  • The first comprehensive book following the life and career of H....


Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession

by David Monaghan & Nigel Cawthorne Skyhorse (January 01, 2010)

With several million copies sold in the last fifty years, My Secret Life, first published by Grove Press in the 1960s, is one of the most famous pornographic works in literary history. What readers of this long-banned...


The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

by Pat F. Garrett Skyhorse (March 23, 2011)

Born in November 1859 as William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid—as he soon became known—started his criminal career at the age of twelve by stabbing a man in a bar fight. He then moved on to stealing horses, gambling,...


Impact Statement

by Bob Halloran Skyhorse (September 17, 2013)

As the biggest criminal trial since the Boston Strangler draws nearer, the public’s fascination with the life and crimes of mob boss Whitey Bulger continues to heat up. Many stories have been told about the...


Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

by Peter Graham Skyhorse (March 20, 2013)

On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme—better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry—and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour...


Kingpin

by Richard Stratton Arcade (May 02, 2017)

This fast-paced sequel to Smuggler's Blues is a harrowing and at times comical journey through the criminal justice system at the height of America's War on Plants.

Captured in the lobby of the Sheraton Senator...


Bin Laden

by Adam Robinson Arcade (September 01, 2011)

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Osama bin Laden is still a vivid symbol of outrage and tragedy in the American imagination. One of the most-recognized faces...


H. H. Holmes

by Adam Selzer Skyhorse (April 02, 2019)

America's first and most notorious serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, now updated with a new afterword discussing Holmes' exhumation on American Ripper.

H....


Love and Death in the Sunshine State

by Cutter Wood Algonquin Books (April 17, 2018)

"Gripping . . . Cutter Wood subverts all our expectations for the true crime genre.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering 

When a stolen car is recovered on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it sets...


In Vino Duplicitas

by Peter Hellman The Experiment (July 31, 2017)

“An engrossing account of wine fraud and forgery . . . Hellman clearly knows his stuff.”—The Wall Street Journal

“[Hellman] presents . . . the macho, competitive, one-upmanship world of the collectors,...


Diamond Doris

by Doris Payne Amistad (September 10, 2019)

In the ebullient spirit of Ocean’s 8, The Heist, and Thelma & Louise, a sensational and entertaining memoir of the world’s most notorious jewel thief—a woman who defied society’s prejudices and norms...


The Trial of Lizzie Borden

by Cara Robertson Simon & Schuster (March 12, 2019)

The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology—the trial of Lizzie Borden—based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence.

The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true...


Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

by Christopher Goffard Simon & Schuster (November 13, 2018)

A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard—including “Dirty John,” the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie...