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  Cover Art: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Berendt, John
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful Georgia city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.
1994
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: American Lightning Blum, Howard
American Lightning
A tale of murder, deceit, celebrity, media manipulation, and film as propaganda, when the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910 exposed a deadly national dynamite plot by trade unionists to terrorize America with one hundred bombings in a doomed attempt to force capitalism to its knees.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Helter Skelter Bugliosi, Vincent
Helter Skelter
In the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LaBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what was the motivation behind such savagery?
1994
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: In Cold Blood Capote, Truman
In Cold Blood
The classic account of the murder of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, on November 15, 1959, and the subsequent arrest, trial for murder, and hanging of Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith for that crime, on April 14, 1965.
1966
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: House of Secrets Cauffiel, Lowell
House of Secrets
Bestselling true crime author and veteran investigative reporter Lowell Cauffiel takes readers into a shocking world of abuse, incest, and family murder. In October 1993, Eddie Lee Sexton told his daughter, Pixie, to silence her crying baby. Incredibly, the young mother smothered the infant, and buried it in a shallow grave. Less than a month later, Eddie Lee ordered his son to strangle the baby's father during a family picnic. Sexton was priming his third victim when the FBI and Florida cops caught up with him. Authorities soon learned that these killings were the final heinous acts of a sadistic monster whose reign of psychological and sexual violence had begun back in Ohio. For years, Eddie Lee whipped his children daily, raped his daughters, abused his sons, and even fathered three Sexton babies. But in early 1992, teenager Machelle Sexton fled to authorities, and by early 1995, Sexton was on death row.
2014
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Pizza Bomber Clark, Jerry
Pizza Bomber
On August 28, 2003, in the suburbs of Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery man named Brian Wells was accosted by several men who locked a time bomb around his neck. They then ordered him to rob a bank. After delivering the money, he would receive clues to help him disarm the bomb. It was one of the most ingenious bank robbery schemes in history, known as Collarbomb by the FBI. It did not go according to plan.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Murder of the Century Collins, Paul
The Murder of the Century
On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most baffling murder mystery.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The First Family Dash, Mike
The First Family
Using previously untapped Secret Service archives, prison records, and interviews with surviving family members, Dash presents the gripping story of the birth of the Italian Mafia in America, and brings to life the remarkable villains and unusual heroes of the Mafia's early years.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Rescue Artist Dolnick, Edward
The Rescue Artist
Dolnick's account of the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch's The Scream is populated with characters much stranger than fiction: Lord Bath, an aristocrat fond of velvet jackets, David Duddin, a fence who once tried to sell a stolen Rembrandt, Charley Hill, a world-famous detective, and Munch himself. Dolnick focuses on the 1994 theft but along the way visits other art thefts and recoveries.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Havana Nocturne English, T. J.
Havana Nocturne
Part social history, part Hollywood tell-all, this account of Havana in the early 1950s is centered on the temporary success of American organized crime to set up a base in Cuba outside of the legal reach of the United States. Using interviews, memoirs, published studies and released FBI files, English tells a titillating tale of corruption, murder, movie stars, politicians and a "never-ending party" in Havana.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Relentless Pursuit Flynn, Kevin
Relentless Pursuit
Diane Hawkins, a single mother of six, was the undisputed magnet of a vibrant community of family and friends; at one time or another, her nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins had all called upon her, drawing on a seemingly limitless supply of compassion and optimism. All this was taken away when Diane and her 13-year-old daughter Katrina were murdered in their Washington, D.C. home on a warm May night.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes Grann, David
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
Whether he's reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a con artist in Europe, or riding with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Innocent Man Grisham, John
The Innocent Man
The Innocent Man chronicles the story of Ron Williamson, how he was arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit, how his case was (mis)handled and how an innocent man was sent to death row.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Manson Guinn, Jeff
Manson
Based on new interviews, this revealing account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the 60s, revealing a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: While They Slept Harrison, Kathryn
While They Slept
From the bestselling author of The Kiss comes a riveting account of true crime-- the murder of a family in a small Midwestern town-- and the gripping exploration of its haunting aftermath. The Gilley family murders ended a lifetime of physical and mental abuse suffered by Billy and Jody at the hands of their parents. And it required each of the two survivors-- one a convicted murderer, the other suddenly an orphan--to create a new identity, a new life.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Eyes of Willie McGee Heard, Alex
The Eyes of Willie McGee
"A saga of race and retribution in the deep South that says as much about Mississippi today as it does about the mysteries of the past"--Provided by publisher.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Zero at the Bone Heidenry, John
Zero at the Bone
A true crime caper of a 1953 Kansas child kidnapping. The young victim, Bobby Greenlease, the six-year-old heir of wealthy businessman Robert Greenlease, never had a chance when Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Heady-both formerly wealthy ne'er-do-wells making one last stab at making their fortune-botched the snatch and demanded a ransom of $600,000, the largest ever in U.S. history up to that time.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Finding Chandra Higham, Scott
Finding Chandra
It was the mystery that gripped the nation during the summer of 2001: the sudden disappearance of Chandra Levy, a young, promising intern, and the possible involvement of Congressman Gary Condit. And then the case went cold...Six years after the young intern's disappearance, investigative editors of the Washington Post pitched two Pulitzer Prize winning reporters their idea: revisit the unsolved case and find out what happened to Chandra, a task that had eluded police and the FBI. The authors went to work. The result was a thirteen part series in the Washington Post that focused on a prime suspect the police and the FBI had passed over years before.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Storming Las Vegas Huddy, John
Storming Las Vegas
With exclusive access to all the major players, veteran journalist and network producer John Huddy tells the gripping never-before-told story of how Jose Vigoa pulled off the most audacious and ruthless series of high-profile casino and armored car robberies that Las Vegas had ever seen.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Strange Piece of Paradise Jentz, Terri
Strange Piece of Paradise
In 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip. They pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they are sleeping, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent, then attacks them with an ax. The crime is reported in newspapers across the country. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, but Shayna has amnesia, while Terri is left alone with memories of the attack--their friendship is shattered. Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the town and makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Slowly, her interviews with the townspeople yield a revelation: many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth, and ultimately finds herself face-to-face with the alleged psychopath.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
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