Your True-Crime Hall of Fame
A question for you about true-crime books, even if you don't think of yourself as reading much true crime: Which books would you put in a true-crime canon? If someone comes to you and asks for three classics/must-reads in the genre, which three would you recommend?
Let me back up a bit here. For years now, I've wanted to do a blog that serves as a sort of review clearinghouse for true-crime pop culture — books, TV shows, documentaries, even Lifetime movies — with all sorts of different features. One of those features is a true-crime pantheon or essential bookshelf, and I'd probably nominate In Cold Blood, Fatal Vision, and The Executioner's Song. Or Stranger Beside Me. Or Helter Skelter. Or Whitewash. Or do we consider the JFK genre, which is not only gigantic but frequently and very deeply bonkazoo, its own thing…or does it need its own shelf.
All stuff I'm mulling over while I think about getting a site like that off the ground, what to call it ("Blood Read" is not doing it for me), how to find the "Mark Harmon as Ted Bundy" miniseries on DVD, and so on, but in the meantime! Three (3) true-crime classics: go.
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