True Crime

“Crime takes the pulse of a culture. It tells us the truth about us as a species.’
- Andrew Vachss

“Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.’
- Agatha Christie

“That anybody benefits – through monetary gain or personal titillation –from domestic murder, sex crimes, and grotesque violence seems distasteful,” notes literary critic Pamela Burger. “And so we want to consign true crime to the lowest rungs of culture. Yet the genre’s long, rich history shows us that there is much more to true crime than penny dreadfuls and blood-spattered paperbacks.”

True crime books often center on sensational, shocking, or strange events, particularly murder. A milestone of the genre was Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song (1979), which was the first book in the genre to win a Pulitzer Prize. Another famous true crime accounts is Truman Capote’s non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. Others include the bestselling true crime book of all time, Helter Skelter by Manson Family prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, Ann Rule’s first-hand account of Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me, and the many works about such murder cases as JonBenét Ramsey, OJ Simpson, and Pamela Smart.

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Holding Back the DarkHolding Back the Dark- Inspired by True Events (Book 4)
by John David Bethel, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
When Acting Sheriff of the LAPD, comes across two dead bodies, little does he realize this is the work of a serial killer. The man’s corpse was nailed to the floor and castrated; the woman disemboweled. Messy. Then there’s a body found on the overpass and . . . Buy and/or Read More


Hotel HellHotel Hell
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One man’s struggle to survive unspeakable evil. In the end, it becomes a tale of vengeance. Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted and forced to hand over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors but he survives . . . Buy and/or Read More


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by Richard Vetere, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Every week a ten-year-old boy picks up a mysterious envelope from his aunt … then one day he discovers her dead on the floor of her dreary home, a knife plunged into her chest. The murder wasn’t solved for nearly 50 years.
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by John David Bethel $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
The brutal murder of a family, including three small children, initially thought to be a murder-suicide, becomes the obsessive focus of the local sheriff, Ned Logan, after he detects evidence that is inconsistent with the “obvious” conclusion.
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by John David Bethel, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
A serial killer is haunting the Las Vegas Strip. The brutality is alarming. The number of victims is growing. “Blood leads” and it is being splashed across the headlines and clogging air time. Rachel West and Sheriff Joe Fontana are handed the job of putting a lid on the horror. . . Buy and/or Read More >>>