Top True Crime eBooks: Edgar Awards for Best Fact Crime

Duel With the Devil
Duel With the Devil The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery By Collins, Paul, 1969- (eBook - 2013 ) Check availability»

Annotation:2014 nominee.

The Good Nurse
The Good Nurse A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder By Graeber, Charles (eBook - 2013 ) Check availability»

Annotation:2014 nominee.

The Secret Rescue
The Secret Rescue An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines By Lineberry, Cate (eBook - 2013 ) Check availability»

Annotation:2014 nominee.

Midnight in Peking
Midnight in Peking How the Murder of A Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China By French, Paul, 1966- (eBook - 2012 ) Check availability»

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.

Devil in the Grove
Devil in the Grove Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of A New America By King, Gilbert (eBook - 2012 ) Check availability»

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.

Double Cross
Double Cross The True Story of the D-day Spies By Macintyre, Ben, 1963- (eBook - 2012 ) Check availability»

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.

The Destiny of the Republic
The Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President By Millard, Candice (eBook - 2011 ) Check availability»

Annotation:2012 winner. Who murdered 20th president James A. Garfield? The man who shot him, Charles J. Guiteau, or the doctors who treated him?

The Murder of the Century
The Murder of the Century The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized A City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars By Collins, Paul, 1969- (eBook - 2011 ) Check availability»

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.

The Savage City
The Savage City Race, Murder, and A Generation on the Edge By English, T. J., 1957- (eBook - 2011 ) Check availability»

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

Hellhound on His Trail
Hellhound on His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin By Sides, Hampton (eBook - 2010 ) Check availability»

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

Columbine By Cullen, David, 1961- (eBook - 2009 ) Check availability»

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

Vanished Smile
Vanished Smile The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa By Scotti, R. A. (eBook - 2009 ) Check availability»

Annotation:2010 nominee. An investigation of the August 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris.

American Lightning
American Lightning Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century By Blum, Howard (eBook - 2008 ) Check availability»

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

For the Thrill of It
For the Thrill of It Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago By Baatz, Simon (eBook - 2008 ) Check availability»

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

Manhunt The Twelve-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer By Swanson, James L., 1959- (eBook - 2006 ) Check availability»

Annotation:2007 winner. An hour-by-hour account of the twelve day hunt for John Wilkes Booth following Lincoln's assassination.

The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America By Larson, Erik (eBook - 2003 ) Check availability»

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.

Till Death Us Do Part
Till Death Us Do Part A True Murder Mystery By Bugliosi, Vincent (eBook - 2001 ) Check availability»

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)

Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders By Bugliosi, Vincent (eBook - 2001 ) Check availability»

Annotation:1975 winner. The story of the Manson Family murders told by the DA who prosecuted the case.

In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its Consequences By Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 (eBook - 1992 ) Check availability»

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.

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