Best True Crime Books

Recommended Reading List

On this page: a personal selection of nonfiction books and notable articles and podcast episodes about True Crime. Browse through the best true crime books I’ve found.


The book pickings below ⬇️ are my favourite books on this topic and I obviously read every single one of them. Here are some of the best books on true crime.

Best true crime books

Bad Blood

by John Carreyrou,
Amazon | | Waterstones

In late 2015, John Carreyrou started a deep investigation on a story that was – and still is, in many ways almost too wild to believe. Bad Blood reads as a psychological thriller that chronicles the downfall of Theranos – a multibillion dollar startup owned by high school drop-out Elizabeth Holmes. The startup had a bold promise: to change the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. I found it an incredible, top investigative journalism book written by a great author.

I Heard You Paint Houses
by Charles Brandt,
Print | eBook | Audiobook

This gripping true crime book chronicles the life of mob hitman Frank Sheeran and his involvement in notorious criminal activities, including the disappearance of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Tell me who I am
by Joanna Hodgkin |

At age 18 Alex Lewis gets a car accident which will change his life forever. His memory never fully recovers, and due to the help of his twin brother he start to draw a picture of his life and himself, including some secrets of the past.

Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann, |

The book uncovers a chilling conspiracy and the murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans in 1920s Oklahoma, revealing a haunting tale of greed, injustice, and the birth of the FBI.

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