Top True Crime eBooks: Edgar Awards for Best Fact Crime
Annotation:2013 winner. In Peking in 1937, two detectives--one British and one Chinese--race to find an Englishwoman's killer before the Japanese invade.
Annotation:2013 nominee. "This account of the Groveland Four, defendants in the 1949 Jim Crow-era rape case, sheds new light on the fate of four African American men. King shows the lengths to which Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund went to defend them." - Choice, October 2012.
Annotation:2013 nominee. This true story of six double agents who perpetrated a deception that was crucial to the success of the D-Day evacuation reads like an espionage thriller.
Annotation:2012 winner. Who murdered 20th president James A. Garfield? The man who shot him, Charles J. Guiteau, or the doctors who treated him?
Annotation:2012 nominee. The discovery of a dismembered corpse and the subsequent police investigation are fodder for the New York tabloids in the summer of 1897.
Annotation:2012 nominee. "Through the stories of three desperate men--an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop, and a militant Black Panther--T. J. English tells the story of race, violence, and urban chaos in 1960s New York City." - publisher's blurb
Annotation:2011 nominee. "The counterpoint between two driven men—one by a quest for justice, the other by an atavistic hatred—propels this engrossing study of the King assassination." - Publishers Weekly
Annotation:2010 winner. "Cullen, acclaimed expert on [the 1999 shooting at ] Columbine [High School], offers a penetrating look at the motivation and intent of the shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold." - Booklist
Annotation:2009 winner. "The 'crime of the century' was the October 1, 1910, explosion in the offices of the Los Angeles Times, intended as an attack on 100 cities, that led to serious conversation about the limits of liberty." - Library Journal
Annotation:2009 nominee. "In 1924, Nathan Leopold, 19, and Richard Loeb, 18, both intellectually precocious scions of wealthy Jewish Chicago families, kidnapped and brutally murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in an attempt to commit the 'perfect' crime." - Publishers Weekly
Annotation:2004 winner. This perennially popular account of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair tells two parallel tales, the story of the fair itself and the man who built it and the story of the serial killer who hid behind it.
Annotation:1979 winner. "On December 11, 1966, a mysterious assassin shot Henry Stockton to death, set his house on fire, and left the scene without a trace. A year later, when a woman was found brutally killed, shreds of evidence suggested a connection between the two murders." (publisher's blurb)
Annotation:1966 winner. This tale of a brutal multiple murder committed on a Kansas farm in 1959 is considered a groundbreaking work in the true crime genre.
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The Edgar Allen Poe Awards, known as the "Edgars," are presented by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater. The award for Best Fact Crime has been presented since 1948. Murder, assassination, robbery, fraud, extortion, conspiracy and other crimes are recounted in the winning and nominated non-fiction titles listed here.