CrimeReads’ List of the Ten Best True Crime Books From the Last Ten Years @CrimeReads

The holiday season is upon us, and with it, lists of the “best books” in various categories. Of course, these lists help us purchase gifts for friendsandrelations who love to read (and they help us populate our wish lists for those same people who want to know what we’d like from them). In that spirit (!), here’s CrimeReads’ Top Ten list of the 10 best true crime books from the past 10 years. How many have you read? And which ten best true crime books from the past decade (or the past year) would be on your list?


Deborah Blum, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (2010)

Richard Lloyd Parry, People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo–and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up (2012)

Oscar Martinez, The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (2013)

Lucy Johnson, The Other Side (2014)

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (2017).

Jeff Guinn, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple (2017)

Leah Carroll, Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder (2017)

Michelle McNamara, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2018)

Sarah Weinman, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (2018)

Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (2019).