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Real Life Stories Filled With Intrigue and Crime

mystery and crime novels

If you’re hankering for some fantastic true crime books this fall, look no further than this list of five very different works of nonfiction that run the gamut from bizarre to unbelievable to downright chilling. From in-depth explorations of unsolved mysteries to investigative reporting that delves into the corruption behind some of America’s most powerful institutions, these books are an eclectic blend of memoir, journalism, and history. If criminal history is your jam, you’ll definitely want to check out The Golden Thread, about one of the most infamous murders of the Cold War era. If you enjoy a tell-all style book, you won’t want to miss Inside the NRA, which lays bare the shocking inner workings of one of the country’s most influential political lobbying organizations. If you love mystery books but you’re looking to switch it up with some nonfiction, Chaos is the gripping story of some little-known events surrounding the Charles Manson murders. These books represent the wide range of subjects and styles that the true crime genre encompasses—so get ready for some late nights of unputdownable reading.

 

Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.