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May 03, 2010

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Dan

"Fatal Vision" by Joe McGinnis would head my list. The amazing access that Jeffrey MacDonald gave him let him have a first hand view of an amazingly creepy (and charming) personality at work, and the reader gets to share in the building realization of the man's guilt. You then are rewarded with a brilliant account of MacDonald's riveting trial, when all of the muddled forensic pieces of the puzzle finally come together in a terrifying whole.

James Watts

Jurgen Thorwald -- there's a name I haven't heard in years. I came across "The Century of the Detective" as a youngster, and was fascinated by both the stories he told and the very straightforward way he told them.

Scott Phillips

One of my favorites (never translated, as far as I know) is "Mes Grandes Enquêtes Criminelles--Mémoires" by Commissaire Guillaume, who was one of Simenon's inspirations for Maigret. He had roles in the Bonnot gang, Landru and Stavisky cases and he writes about all of them.

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