Thursday, September 24, 2009

Catch the non-fiction bug!

Non-fiction month continues with a fury! Check out this list, taken from a bookmark from the famous Reader’s Wall at Main. This comes from the “True Crimes” list, because who can resist a true crime?

Black Mass: the Irish Mob, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal By Dick Lehr
Expertly details the twists and turns of this complex story, painting a vivid portrait of Boston's underbelly and its inclusive political machine, as well as exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history.

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson
Not long after Jack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during (and exploited) the city's finest moment, the World's Fair of 1893.

Donnie Brasco My Undercover Life in the Mafia By Joseph D. Pistone
In Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone tells the story of working so deep undercover in the Mafia that the truth of his identity became blurry even for him. For six years, Pistone posed as jewel thief Donnie Brasco in order to pull off one of the most audacious sting operations ever.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood was a groundbreaking work when released in 1966. Two two-time losers living in a lonely house in western Kansas are out to make the heist of their life, but when things don't go as planned, the robbery turns ugly. From there, the book is a real-life look into murder, prison, and the criminal mind.

Manhunt The 12- day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer By
James L. Swanson
For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive pursuit.

The Night stalker By Philip Carlo
Carlo speculates on the psyche of this chilling killer and introduces an intriguing supporting cast.

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
Jack the Ripper was renowned artist Walter Sickert (1860-1942) according to Cornwell. The evidence Cornwell accumulates toward that conclusion in this brilliant, personal, gripping book is very strong, and will persuade many.

The Stranger Beside Me By Ann Rule
Rule and Bundy were friends. They met in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, where they shared the late shift answering a suicide hotline. Rule’s story as he evolved into one of the century's most notorious serial killers.

Under and Alone The true Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang By William Queen
Queen risked his life when he joined the Mongols as bearded biker Billy St. John. His adventures with one of America’s most notorious bike gangs resulted in the convictions of more than 50 Mongols. Queen recounts these two years with a straightforward gruffness that captivated critics.
Hmmm. I don't know, these sound pretty interesting. Better hurry and check them out before they're all taken!