Best True Crime Books of 2018

We have collected the recommendations for true crime books from trustworthy experts that have been featured in respectable publications such as The Guardian, National Public Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, and many others.
The true crime books featured in this section have a customer review rating of a minimum of 4 out of 5 stars. The ratings you see on our website are aggregated from different sources to enable you to purchase nothing but the best true crime books.
True crime books belong to the non-fiction genre in which the writer investigates a real crime and points the activities of actual people.
The real crime usually involves murder, with stories of mass murder and serial killers topping the genre. However, true crime genres also throw light on other subjects, such as robberies, heists, money laundering, major scams, among many others. Police memoirs have also gained popularity in the true crime genre.
True crime books can either be highly speculative or can comply with the deep-rooted facts in journalistic fashion. Some true crime books are written immediately after a publicized crime to cash in on the curiosity around it and are called hyper-conventional and formulaic. Other true crime books are written after years of thorough research, investigation and are likely to have significant literary value. Others reopen historic crimes and offer explanations, like books investigating the deaths of celebrities, infamous unsolved murders, or political assassinations.
Some true crime books featured in the website are I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, The Blood of Emmett Till, and Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

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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.