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