Best true crime books chosen by critics

We list the best travel books recommended by critics from Washington Post, NPR, New York Times and many more. All critics' recommendations are referenced with customer reviews. The rating you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

4.6 Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI


“David Grann’s retelling of the systemic murder of the Osage tribe of Oklahoma—wealthy for their oil holdings, and wanted dead for the same— is a shameful story of the past that feels all too relevant still.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

4.6 Blood of Emmett Till

The Blood of Emmett Till

LA Times

“Duke professor Tyson describes the 1955 death of 14-year-old Emmett Till at the hands of white Southerners, the bias involved in their trial and how these events set the modern civil rights movement into motion.”

Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

4.4 American Fire

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land


“Monica Hesse’s book reads like a great article you never want to end. The Washington Post feature writer has turned a one-off assignment in rural Accomack County, Va., into a stunning read.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.

4.6 I Can't Breathe

I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street

Washington Post

“This gut-wrenching account of the death and life of Eric Garner is a deep dive into every aspect of the case, including its legal impact, which is minimal, and its cultural and political ones, which have been profound.”

Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Books of 2017.