TRUE CRIME

Our round-up of killer non-fic­tion...

Crime Scene - - CASE NOTES -

There’s a buzz around The Fact Of

A Body (Macmil­lan, 18 May), the true story of a law stu­dent who took a sum­mer job in Louisiana on the re­trial de­fence of a con­victed mur­derer and child mo­lester on death row. Alexan­dria Marzano-lesnevich, the daugh­ter of two lawyers, was op­posed to the death penalty when she took the case. But as soon as she hears the client speak of his crimes, she’s over­come with the feel­ing of want­ing him to die. When Marzano-lesnevich digs deeper, she’s forced to con­front her own fam­ily se­crets.

For a wide-rang­ing take on true crime il­lus­trated with in­fo­graph­ics, The

Crime Book (DK, 3 April) is a bloody, en­gross­ing his­tory of crim­i­nol­ogy, from ban­dits and se­rial killers to 21st cen­tury cy­ber predators. Fa­mous cases in­clude Jack The Rip­per, the Black Dahlia mur­der and Bon­nie and Clyde.

Crime Scene con­trib­u­tor Barry Forshaw sticks to nov­els, films and TV drama in Amer­i­can Noir (Pocket Es­sen­tial, 27 April), though many of his sub­jects have been in­spired by real crime. Forshaw’s deep knowl­edge of noir en­sures this is a fas­ci­nat­ing guide, as well as a top-notch read­ing list.

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