If you prefer non-fiction, check out these true crime books.
(All of these titles are available at the Westlock Library)
Deadly triangle : the famous architect, his wife, their chauffeur, and murder most foul
Goldenberg, Susan. 1944- author
The 1935 murder of architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury, world famous for his design of the iconic Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, and the arrest and lurid trial of his thirty years younger second wife, Alma, and the family chauffeur, George Percy Stoner, her lover, who was half her age, riveted people. The lovers were tried together - a trial that became one of the twentieth century's most sensational cases, sparking widespread debate over sexual mores and social strata distinctions
The forever witness : how DNA and genealogy solved a cold case double murder
Humes, Edward, author
"After 30 years, Detective Jim Scharf arrested a teenage couple's murderer-and exposed a looming battle between the pursuit of justice and the right to privacy. When Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook were murdered during a trip to Seattle in the 1980s, detectives had few leads. The murder weapon was missing. No one witnessed any suspicious activity. And there was only a single handprint on the outside of the young couple's van. The detectives assumed Tanya and Jay were victims of a serial killer-but without any leads, the case seemed forever doomed. In deep-freeze, long-term storage, biological evidence from the crime scenes sat waiting. Meanwhile, California resident CeCe Moore began her lifetime fascination with genetic genealogy. As DNA testing companies rapidly grew in popularity, she discovered another use for the technology: solving crimes. When Detective Jim Scharf decided to send the cold case's decades-old DNA to Parabon NanoLabs, he hoped he would bring closure to the Van Cuylenborg and Cook families. He didn't know that he and Moore would make history. Anyone can submit a saliva sample to learn about their ancestry. But what happens after the results of these tests are uploaded to the internet? As lawyers, policymakers, and police officers fight over questions of consent and privacy, the implications of Scharf's case become ever clearer. Approximately 250,000 murders in the United States remain unsolved today. We have the tools to catch many of these killers-but what is the cost?"-- Provided by publisher.
The foundling : the true story of a kidnapping, a family secret, and my search for the real me
Fronczak, Paul Joseph, author.
The author recounts how after fifty years he discovered that the mother that he was given to in the mistaken belief that he was her kidnapped son was not his real mother, and describes his search for his identity and the whereabouts of the mother's original kidnapped child.
Genealogy of a murder : four generations, three families, one fateful night
Belkin, Lisa, 1960- author
The multigenerational tale of three families whose paths collide one summer night in 1960 with the murder of a police officer.
The ghosts that haunt me : memories of a homicide detective
Ryan, Steve (Homicide detective), author
Retired detective Steve Ryan worked in Toronto's homicide squad for over a decade. For him, the stories of Toronto's most infamous crimes were more than just a headline read over morning coffee - they were his everyday life. After investigating over one hundred homicides, the tragedies Steve saw will never leave him and he'll never forget the victims whose deaths he investigated. Steve reflects on six cases, eight people whose lives were senselessly taken, that he still thinks about nearly every day.
The good nurse : a true story of medicine, madness, and murder
Graeber, Charles, author
I got a name : the murder of Krystal Senyk
Robertson, Eliza, author
Krystal Senyk was the kind of friend everybody wants: a reliable confidant, a handywoman of all trades, and an infectious creative with an adventurous spirit. Most importantly, she was tough as nails. So when her best friend needed support to leave her abusive husband, Ronald Bax, Krystal leapt into action. But soon Krystal became the new outlet for Bax's rage. He terrorized and intimidated her for months on end, and finally issued a chilling warning to her and his ex-wife: the hunt is on. Krystal was scared but she was smart: she reached out to the RCMP for a police escort home. The officer brushed her off. Bax's threat had been all too real. At 29 years old, the woman who seemed invincible--who was a beloved sister, daughter, and friend--was shot and killed at her home in the Yukon. Ronald Bax disappeared without a trace. Three decades later, Eliza Robertson has re-opened the case.
I know who you are : how an amateur DNA sleuth unmasked the Golden State Killer and changed crime fighting forever
Rae-Venter, Barbara, author
In the span of just a few years, Barbara Rae-Venter went from researching her family history as a retiree to finding a serial killer who had baffled law enforcement for decades. I Know Who You Are tracks her improbable journey to becoming the nation's leading authority in investigative genetic genealogy, and to identifying the Golden State Killer-who had evaded authorities for forty-four years-in just sixty-three days. Rae-Venter also details other extraordinary cases that she has worked on, from the first criminal cold case she ever cracked-uncovering the long-lost identity of a child abductee-to the heartbreaking case of the Billboard Boy, which began with unidentified remains dumped along a North Carolina highway.
Liliana's invincible summer : a sister's search for justice
Rivera Garza, Cristina, 1964-, author
In the early hours of July 16, 1990, Liliana Rivera Garza was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend. With Liliana's case file abandoned by a corrupt criminal justice system, her family, including her older sister Cristina, was forced to process their grief and guilt in private, without any hope for justice. Cristina Rivera Garza returns to Mexico after decades of living in the United States to collect and curate evidence while confronting the trauma of losing her sister, and examine from multiple angles how this tragedy continues to shape who she is - and what she fights for - today.
The Massey murder : a maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country
Gray, Charlotte, 1948- author
Murder in the family : how the search for my mother's killer led to my Father
Blackstock, Jeff, author
Diplomat father. Murdered mother. Emotionally neglected children. An elaborate cover-up. Family dinners will never be the same. "I think that my father murdered my mother." That is the nagging suspicion that has haunted Jeff Blackstock, a retired Canadian diplomat, for years. Blackstock's father, George, was also a diplomat, posted in Buenos Aires in the 1950s with his wife Carol and their three children.
Murder of innocence : true-crime thrillers
Patterson, James, 1947- author
"Dive into two dark stories of crime and murder inspired by true crime horrors where murder isn't always the worst thing that can happen to you."-- From publisher's marketing.
A murder over a girl : justice, gender, junior high
Corbett, Ken, author
Red notice : a true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice
Browder, Bill, 1964- author
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.
Say nothing : a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland
Keefe, Patrick Radden, 1976- author
A serial killer's daughter : my story of hope, love, and overcoming
Rawson, Kerri, author
In 2005, Dennis Rader confessed without remorse to the murders of ten people, including two children, acts that destroyed seven families and wrecked countless lives in the process. As the town of Wichita, Kansas, celebrated the end of a thirty one year nightmare, another was just beginning for his daughter, Kerri Rawson. Suffering from unexplainable night terrors for much of her childhood and young adult years, Kerri Rawson was unaware of her father's crimes until the FBI knocked on her apartment door, plunging her into a black hole of horror and disbelief. Her dad had been leading a double life. The same man who had been a loving father, devoted husband, church president, Boy Scout leader, and public servant had been using his family as a cover for his heinous crimes since before she was born.
Someone you know : an unforgettable collection of Canadian true crime stories
Fogarty, Catherine, author
This is an anthology of sixteen unforgettable Canadian true-crime stories - each revealing the haunting truth and statistical reality that a person is more likely to be murdered by someone they know than by a stranger. The collection is divided into four sections: Fatal Friendships, Family Ties That Bind, In the Name of Love, and 'Till Death Do Us Part. In this uniquely Canadian anthology, Fogarty digs up famous historical cases, often revealing new twists, and explores more recent murder cases that will shock even die-hard true-crime aficionados.
The spider : inside the criminal web of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell
Levine, Barry, author
In this dogged work of reporting, Barry Levine shines a light into the darkest corners of Jeffrey Epstein's world, Epstein's young adulthood and earliest accusations of sexual misconduct; the murky sources of Epstein's fortune and business dealings, his ties to powerful men, including Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Les Wexner, and Donald Trump, and new details on Epstein's final days in jail and the mystery surrounding his death. Featuring rare and never-before-seen photographs, Levine exposes how Epstein operated and evaded justice for so long - and how he drew so many others into his criminal web.
The spider and the fly : a reporter, a serial killer, and the meaning of murder
Rowe, Claudia, 1966- author