20 True Crime Books Best Sellers Of All Time

The true-crime genre promises the adrenaline rush to its fascinated readers. Your never-ending passion for suspense and crime stories makes you a true crime devotee. Driven by internet crime tales and podcasts, you still hold an opportunity to dedicate your time to the best authors. Obsession of crime stories and best thrillers yet never read your favorite erm, murders you’re missing out on best stuff. True crime stories have found their home in books and novels. Certainly, you are fortunate to read some amazing crime stories, from In Cold Blood by Truman Capote or Zodiac by Robert Graysmith here are the best true crime books of all time. In these excellent books, you’ll see how the suspense and life-changing experience profoundly explained:

Let’s check out the best crime stories books:

Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story Of Violent Faith

Author: Jon Krakauer

Published In: 2003

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Non-fiction by Jon Krakauer published in 2003, the story revolves around the multilayered, bone-chilling account of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith. ” A dark approach and devotion to religion exist no matter that is too often ignored or denied. A Story of Violent Faith, he drives the focus from the utmost of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders. The core of the book is a frightful double murder and making a religious base a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Beginning with a narrative of messianic delusion the subject of religiously inspired bloodshed comes up, many Americans immediately think of Islamic fundamentalism. But keeping humanity aside men committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities and fanatics within all religions.

In Cold Blood

Author: Truman Capote

Published In: 1966


Truman Capote’s is a masterpiece is quite the patriarch of the true-crime genre first published in 1966. Molded-in scrupulous research and narrated with Capote’s signature storytelling flair, In Cold Blood is the most exclusive book —it determined to be a forerunner of both narrative nonfiction and true crime. Everything that’s come In Cold Blood is a fundamental performance of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully reminiscent narrative.

The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Author: Erik Larson

Published In:1893

This bestseller intertwines murder, magic, and madness of 1893 is the story beyond your imagination. Chicago’s World’s Fair and its renowned architect, Daniel Hudson Burnham, with one of the most notorious and yielding serial killers of the nineteenth century, Dr. H. H. Holmes is such a drama that you may find yourself checking the occupancy of imagination. It is absolutely captivating and horrifying chronicle.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

Published In: 1994

A non-fiction novel published in 1994 is the sublime and seductive reading experience. The howl in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? A peculiar community of larger-than-life characters, and haunting moss-covered streets, Savannah, Georgia-based  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a Southern Gothic come to life. It’s also a perfect example of a classic idiom: truth is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction. This is a beguiling murder mystery with an eccentric cast of characters that just has to be read to be believed. Conceived radiantly and written with an epic mastery, this widely engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

Party Monster: Tale Of A Murder In Clubland

Author: James St. James

Published In: 1990

Originally published in 1990, it got surrounded by controversy freakingly vivid, shockingly fresh, and outrageously funny depiction of the hedonistic world of the New York City club kid, James St. James. He relives his days as a club kid in the 1990s, and how that led him to become the close repository of Michael Alig, a man convicted of killing a drug dealer known as Angel in 1996. It also got nominated as the best crime book and the author marked the debut of an exclusively talented writer.

My Dark Places: America’s Greatest Crime Writer Investigates His Mother’s Murder

Author: James Ellroy

Published In: 1996

Published in 1996 My Dark Places by James Ellroy is crime memoir, part investigates journalism and part memoir. 10 years old James Ellroy mother was murdered at that time he wouldn’t even admit to liking his mother, the murder impacted heavily on him commencing him to become a drug addict and alcoholic. My Dark Places blends the bitter chronicles of a mystery that did not solve with deeply personal confessions.

Zodiac: A Shocking True Story

Author: Robert Graysmith

Published In: 1986

The very real story published in 1986 about the unsolved murders committed by Zodiac Killer. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the so-called Zodiac Killer intimidated the San Francisco area, claiming 37 deaths. The story revolved around the killer, turning viler and viler, and played a series of taunting letters and puzzles to the local press. The Zodiac Killer is an unsolved mystery to present.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Author: David Grann

Published In: 2017

A haunting true-crime thriller published in 2017 explores the earliest days of the FBI and one of the most frightening conspiracies in U. S. records. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world after oil reserves identified on their land. Suddenly, members began to dye under mysterious circumstances. A young J. Edgar Hoover a newly formed FBI was sent to investigate these deaths his journey in discovering these deaths is impeccable. One of the most monstrous true-life murder mystery.

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Author: Deborah Blum

Published In: 2010

Murder and the birth of new-age medicine- The Poisoner’s Handbook published in 2010 is the best selling book. Poisoning was the perfect crime in back days calm and undetectable. Then the table turned in 1918, New York’s chief medical examiner Charles Norris and pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons proposed an obvious path to the perfect crime.

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

Author: Peter Vronsky

Published In: 2018

True crime aficionados published in 2018 is a book that fills the gap between sterile academic studies and sensationalized true crime. The method, madness, macabre fascination with serial killers, this book holds your interest in each page. Making the suspect killers society first understood as werewolves, vampires, ghouls, and witches or, later, Hitchcockian psychos never mentioned them as serial killers as they never existed at that time.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Author: Jon Krakauer

Published In: 2014

Another masterpiece by Jon Krakauer published in 2014 is a powerful, meticulously narrative about sexual assaults at the University of Montana. Missoula was chosen as a case study for a crime that has become alarmingly prevalent throughout the country by Journalist Jon Krakauer. And the process created both a disturbing accusation of a deeply flawed system and changes required in the system.

Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders

Author: Beverly Lowry

Published In: 2016

A masterful account of a horrible crime published in 2016 seemingly exposes the complications of the justice system. Four girls brutally burned naked, countless other ruined lives and years of investigations followed. Yet conspired by overturned convictions and coerced false confessions remains an unsolved crime. Who Killed a comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing story involving senseless and shocking tragedy with 4 girls.

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness

Author: Eli Sanders

Published In:2016

2016 murder mystery where love lost to violence and a young man Isaiah Kalebu’s descent into mental illness. A violent crime, and eventually murder was not a sudden one. It shows the regressive nature of the society and what can be done by a disturbed member to the society, Journalist Eli Sanders won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the tragedy and in While the City Slept. This brilliantly portrayed masterpiece is a change in society.

The Skies Belong to Us:  Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

Author: Brendan I. Koerner

Published In: 2013

Love and terror engaging narrative published in 2013. A psychological portrait of America remains the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history. It captivated a nation and this book details the shocking story of the “golden age” of aircraft hijacking in the United States from the first incident in May 1961 through January 1973.

Shot in the Heart

Author: Mikal Gilmore

Published In: 1994

An award-winning book published in 1994 is a true gem. Memoir revolving Gary Gilmore, the murderer made famous in Norman Mailer’s classic The Executioner’s Song. Shot in the heart is haunting, frightening, and extremely affecting. The account exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us ignore.

Echoes in the Darkness

Author: Joseph Wambaugh

Published In: 1984

The book details the lurid tale of the murder published in 1984. Susan Reinert’s naked corpse was spotted wedged in the trunk of a car near Pennsylvania’s Upper Merion Area High School. An English school teacher Susan murder and investigation eventually landed on two suspects. The investigation of men being connected to Susan and how the investigators concluded this extraordinary case makes for Wambaugh’s most compelling book yet.

The Fact Of Body: A Murder and a Memoir

Author: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Published In: 2017

A marvel published in 2017 is a part memoir and part investigation.  The Fact of a Body explores how personal experiences shape the crime committed and the people who executed them. Ten years in the making this masterpiece shows how the law is more personal. This breathtaking work reveals how the truth is more complicated and powerful than anybody could ever imagine.

The Killer of Little Shepherds: True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

Author: Douglas Starr

Published In: 2010

A piece published in 2010 is a historical and riveting true-crime that recounts the birth of modern forensics. The Killer of Little Shepherds is a great contribution to the history of criminal justice, impressively narrated and researched. An amalgam of fascination with science promises to expose the secrets of the human condition.

Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness

Author: Alfredo Corchado

Published In: 2013

An autobiography genre published in 2013, one part of investigative journalism, one part page-turning thriller, Midnight in Mexico is a wild true-crime account. A blockbuster plot revolves around a crusading journalist who made a career of exposing corruption. Targeted by a vicious paramilitary and left with twenty-four hours to save himself. This is the true story of Mexican journalist Alfredo Corchado and is an exceptional narrative. Midnight in Mexico is the story of one man’s journey to expose the truth of his country and contended to save his own life. This real-life story takes you to the roller coaster life of Alfredo Corchado.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

Author: John Grisham

Published In: 2006

If you believe that in America you are innocent until you are proven guilty this book will change your mentality. The Innocent Man is based on John Grisham’s real-life case of miscarried justice. This book is a reality check to the life you think is easy. If you believe in the death penalty this book will change your perception. The injustice being carried by the system will make you infuriate and disturbed. One of the most bitter yet the true story to be revealed.

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Author: Amanda Berry

Published In: 2015

A truly horrifying tale published in 2015 had made headlines around the world. The terrifying story rapidly unfolded on May 6th, 2013, dispatcher received a call from a woman named Amanda Berry. Hope is a nerve-racking yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, inventiveness and resourcefulness ultimately back to normal lives and families.


There are many times that you get obsessed with crime thrillers, and especially when you read true crime stories there is no coming back. They take you to the world of crime with all realness. With the preference of reading true crime stories, you experience a different genre. The best authors do not narrate sensationalize violence and human suffering tale rather they work on context and depth to the crimes they study.

The above-mentioned books are some of the best books in the true crime genre. With different storylines, plots, and themes, each book will take you on an unconventional thrill. Do let us know in the comment section how you liked this article and you can also send suggestions and questions by commenting below.



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