Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Popular True Crime

The following are 5 of the most popular True Crime reads at the Wellesley Free Library.


A Murder in Wellesley takes the reader far beyond the headlines and national news coverage and tells the untold story of the meticulous investigation led by Marty Foley, the lead State Police detective on the case, from the morning of the murder through Dirk Greineder's ultimate conviction. 

This true-crime thriller presents readers with a rare and unique portrait of the last days of colonial Peking.  The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant. 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the
Fair That Changed America
     by Erik Larson

Devil in the White City is the story of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both. This rich narrative draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. 

 In this book, Foley, a cop s cop, honestly recounts how his wide-eyed admiration for the nation s top law enforcement agency was gradually transformed by dark realities he didn’t’ want to believe. His investigative efforts resulted in criminal convictions of a half-dozen of Boston s most notorious thugs and also led to the conviction of John Connolly, one of the FBI agents who abetted Bulger; Connolly is now serving a forty-year prison sentence.

One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the twenty-four-year-old, a Craigslist prostitute. Until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. Like Shannan, all four women were petite and in their twenties, they all came from out of town to work as escorts, and they all advertised on Craigslist and its competitor, Backpage. Lost Girls is a portrait not just of five women, but of unsolved murder in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.


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