Sunday Reading

iOTWreport reader, Lisl, posts a BFH recommended book on her fantastic book review blog, and is now considering exploring reviews of the True Crime genre.


I don’t typically include true crime on my list of preferred genres, though a couple of memories lingering in the back of my mind may have opened me up to it. In 2012 Samantha Koenig was abducted from a coffee hut close to our house and later murdered, and it was my young son’s most in-your-face introduction to the realities that life can dish out. More recently I read a beautifully-written true crime memoir, Finding Bethany, authored by an Anchorage detective whose own sister had also been murdered when he was a boy. He weaves in her story as well as that of his search for Bethany and, later, her killer.

I didn’t know either of these young women, though I recall Bethany’s case from when my son was a new baby, and Samantha’s killer was arrested when my boy had just turned nine. While our personal timeline is insignificant to the cases, the two events stood in my awareness then, like bookends. A strange coincidence occurred in Detective Klinkhart’s own timeline: Bethany Correira disappeared on his sister’s birthday, May 3.

As I type I recall another book I read years before, that of a London detective investigating the murder of a baby. His suspicions were later found to be correct but Victorian England was obsessed with the new profession of detecting, and the investigator who lends his name to the title of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher saw his career destroyed. Perhaps it set the stage for the affection and admiration I have for homicide detectives in particular, whose work takes them to the dark side,

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New Genre Library: True Crime (Murder in Greenwich)



5 Comments on Sunday Reading

  1. Some classics of true crime:
    The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
    The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

    I enjoy the genre when the books are well-written.


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