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Sin in the Second City: Madams, Minister, Playboys and the Battle for America’s Soul / Karen Abbott
A history of America’s most famous brothel, Chicago’s Everleigh Club, which catered to some of America’s leading moguls, actors, and writers from 1900 to 1911, profiles its aristocratic proprietors and their efforts to elevate the industry to new heights.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt
In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.
In Cold Blood / Truman Capote
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith / Jon Krakauer
At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims.
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President / Candice Millard
A narrative account of James Garfield’s political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell’s failed attempt to save him from an assassin’s bullet.
The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago / Douglas Perry
Documents the true stories of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan, the women whose sensational murder trials inspired the musical “Chicago,” and traces the contributions of fledgling reporter Maurine Watkins against a backdrop of Chicago’s Jazz Age culture.
The Monster of Florence / Douglas Preston
Documents the author’s discovery that his new family home in Florence had been the scene of a double murder, his relationship with the investigative journalist co-author, and how they both became targets of the police investigation into the murders.
The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder / Daniel Stashower
Traces the July 1841 murder investigation that was marked by sensational media coverage and the debut of Edgar Allen Poe, whose short stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget” associated him with the crime.
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer / James L. Swanson
A fascinating and vivid account of the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, takes readers along on the intensive search from the streets of Washington, D.C., through the swamps of Maryland, into the forests of Virginia, and into the lives of the men who pursued him.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary / Simon Winchester
Describes how more than ten thousand definitions were submitted for the first Oxford English Dictionary from Dr. W.C. Minor, an American Civil War criminal who was considered both a genius and a lunatic.