writing that gives extensively detailed
accounts of crimes. As they are frequently first released as mass-market paperback
s, the covers of true crime books are frequently sensationalized
to draw the reader's attention to the often grisly
story within. True crime books sometimes list their subjects as author
s, almost always with a ghostwriter
credit as well. It is also common to find a photo
section in the middle of the book, frequently depicting the subject before and after
the events in the book.
- Deadly Seduction, by Wensley Clarkson. "Peru, Indiana: Was Susan Grund a femme fatale who seduced and killed her and husband Jimmy for his fortune? Or just a victim of her teenage lover's passion?"
- 83 Hours Till Dawn, by Barbara Jane Mackle with Gene Miller. Tells of the 1968 kidnapping of a young heiress and the five days she spent buried alive before finally being rescued.
- For the Love of a Child, by Betty Mahmoody with Arnold B. Dunchock. Follows a Michigan housewife to Iran after her husband abducts their child. Became the movie Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Field.
- Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, by Lawrence Schiller. Examines the murder of prepubescent beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.
- If Loving You Is Wrong, by Gregg Olsen. Account of Mary Kay Letourneau's sexual relationship with one of her sixth-grade students.
- All She Wanted, by Aphrodite Jones. Details the life and death of Brandon Teena, who was raped and murdered after it was discovered he was a pre-operative transsexual.