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The site’s top-rated true crime books are listed in a nonscientific, unscientific list that was created after browsing Goodreads for several hours. Just like the previous lists, these true crime book must receive a minimum rating of 4+ stars along with at least 4,006 ratings. Was there a book that was overlooked? Probably. We’re only human, so we may have missed a book or three. Many great books didn’t meet the criteria and didn’t make it into the list. Feel free to tag them in your Facebook or Twitter comments.

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      Top True Crime Books About Infamous Murders

      You are likely to be into serial killers and mass murderers if true crime interests you. This is a list of some of the top true crime novels. These books aren’t for the faint-hearted or for the faint at heart. Here’s your last warning.

      American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan (4.08 * 11,929 ratings)

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      The Top True Crime Books that Are all About the Money

      Many crimes don’t involve killing or blood. Some of the most devious crimes are white collar crimes, the financially motivated nonviolent crimes committed by business professionals and government officials. These crimes include money laundering and fraud as well as bribery, Ponzi scheme, fraud, and bribery. You will find many of these crimes in the books.

      Bad Blood: Secrets of Silicon Valley Startups (4.14% * 141.901 ratings) Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO at Theranos was widely regarded in 2014 as The female Steve Jobs. A machine that can quickly perform blood tests using small quantities of blood was the promise of the multi-billion-dollar startup founded by a Stanford dropout. Holmes misled FDA officials, employees, investors, and herself for years about the failure of her technology. Holmes and her investors were able to prove that the company was not worth anything by 2017. Bad Blood covers the entire story of the journalist that first exposed the fraud.

      By Bradley Hope and Tom Wright, Billion Dollar Whale: How a Man Fooled Wall Street and Hollywood and the World (4.04 * 15.127 Ratings) 2009 was still a turbulent year for the world. A Wharton Business School graduate had been committing a fraudulent act of unprecedented scale and unmitigated gall. Jho Low was a Malaysian businessman who used his connections to the country’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak to create the investment fund 1MDB. It was to be used to fund green energy projects and tourist development in Malaysia to help create good-quality jobs. In addition to the government money used to finance the fund, Low worked with Goldman Sachs and other banks to help raise $10 billion for the fund. The funds disappeared, leaving behind $5 billion. Wall Street Journal reporters Tom Wright (Wall Street Journal) and Bradley Hope (Wall Street Journal) reveal the tale of a social climber who pulled off one largest financial heists.

      Black Edge: Inside Information. Dangerous Money. and the Struggle to Get Down Wall Street’s Most Wanted Man. Sheelahkolhatkar, 4.21 * 7.363 ratings. Black Edge tells Steven Cohen’s story, including the fall and rise of SAC Capital hedge fund and one of the most significant insider trading investigations in history. Steven Cohen was a pioneer in Wall Street speculation, making more right-than-wrong market bets. Cohen started SAC Capital in 1992. His stock trading genius led to a $15 Billion empire. Cohen was regarded as one of the most successful traders and a genius. SAC Capital was the subject of seven-year investigations that exposed a massive insider trading scheme.

      Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind: The Incredible Rise and Scandalous Falls of Enron (4.2 16,369 rating) Enron was the ultimate example of New Economy companies with its inexorable profits and high share prices until Fortune magazine published McLean’s piece, which asked the simple question: “

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      Popular Adapted True Crime Books

      This book is for those who want to read a true story that Hollywood could not resist adapting. With these true crime books, you can read the book, then watch the adaptation. Although some of the stories include plenty of bloodshed and murder, there are a couple of nonviolent stories focused on fraud and political corruption.

      All the President’s Men: Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (5.19 * 44.844 ratings) This groundbreaking book in investigative journalistic journalism details the worst scandal in American politics, the June 1972 breaking-in at the Watergate Office Building. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward reported on the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post from the initial break-in to the resignation of top officials from the Nixon Administration.

      Nicholas Pileggi’s Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas (4.02/4.4404 Ratings) Pileggi gives a detailed account of the 1970s in Las Vegas. He reveals how Frank Rosenthal, a Chicago bookie and Anthony Spilotro managed Las Vegas casinos for the mob. For years, they had a stranglehold on Sin City and skimmed millions from their bosses, but their schemes started to crumble when Rosenthal started making mistakes and Spilotro fell for his partner’s wife, a troubled showgirl named Geri. Betrayal, an FBI probe, multiple convictions, led to the fall of the mafia’s hold on Las Vegas’ multi-billion dollar gaming sector.

      Frank Abagnale’s “Catch Me If I Can”: The True Story and Adventures of a Fake Attorney (4.07 * 45.903 reviews) Frank W. Abagnale (4.5.0 * 45.903 votes) Frank W. Abagnale operated a Pan Am Jet, pretended he was a college professor, had no license or degrees, and cashed $2.5 Million in forgeries before his 21st. Abagnale became “The Skywayman” and was recognized in 26 different countries.

      I Heard You Paint Houses by Frank Sheeran and Closing The Case on Jimmy Hoffa, by Charles Brandt (4.8 x 10,374 ratings). Mafia stories have a long history in Hollywood. I Heard You Paint Houses was no exception. Jimmy Hoffa’s first words to Frank Sheeran (the Irishman) were “I heard you painting houses,” which is Sheeran as a hitman for mob. Sheeran was a soldier in the U.S. Army, during World War II. He learned how to kill. He returned home to become a hustler, and hitman for the legendary criminal boss Russell Bufalino. Frank Sheeran was able to provide rare insights about American Mafia history over nearly five-years of interviewing Brandt.

      In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (4.7 * 51,271 ratings). If there’s a true crime classic, then it is In Cold Blood. Truman Capote, in this classic work, reconstructs the killing of the Clutter family at Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959. He also describes the investigation that resulted in the arrest, trial and execution of Perry Smith (and Dick Hickcock) as well.

      Mindhunter by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker (4.7 * 33.901 ratings). Special Agent John Douglas spent 25 years with the FBI Behavioral Science Unit and hunted notorious killers such as The Atlanta Child Murderer or The Trailside Killer. Douglas is credited with introducing a new era in criminal profiling and behavior science. Jack Crawford also admired him in the crime thrillers Red Dragon, and The Silence of the Lambs. Douglas retired and was finally able tell his compelling tale in Mindhunter.

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      Popular International True Crime Books

      The following books are for true crime fans looking to read about crime from a more global perspective.

      Kirk Wallace Johnson, “The Feather Thief”: Beauty, Obsession, the Natural Heist of the Century. Edwin Rist, an American flautist, took a train from the British Museum of Natural History in June 2009. The Tring Museum is home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. It houses rare bird feathers that were worth enormous amounts to Edwin, who was obsessed with Victorian salmon fly-tying. Rist stole hundreds of precious bird skins from the museum and fled to the dark. Kirk Wallace Johnson was captivated by the story of the feather theft two years later and embarked on a worldwide investigation to find answers.

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