Essential reading for all true crime fans. – Booklist

Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession

July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020
A brilliant anthology of modern true-crime writing that illustrates the appeal of this powerful and popular genre, edited and curated by Sarah Weinman, the award-winning author of The Real Lolita

The appeal of true-crime stories has never been higher. With podcasts like My Favorite Murder and In the Dark, bestsellers like I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Furious Hours, and TV hits like American Crime Story and Wild Wild Country, the cultural appetite for stories of real people doing terrible things is insatiable.

Acclaimed author of The Real Lolita and editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin), Sarah Weinman brings together an exemplary collection of recent true crime tales. She culls together some of the most refreshing and exciting contemporary journalists and chroniclers of crime working today. Michelle Dean’s “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick” went viral when it first published and is the basis for the TV show The Act and Pamela Colloff’s “The Reckoning,” is the gold standard for forensic journalism.

As a collection, these thirteen pieces showcase writing about true crime across the broadest possible spectrum, while also reflecting what makes crime stories so transfixing and irresistible to the modern reader.

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Praise for Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession

Essential reading for all true crime fans. – Booklist
Weinman…provides a worthy successor to the Best American Crime Reporting annual series in this thoughtful and wide-ranging true crime anthology…The superior quality of these essays begs for future volumes. – Publishers Weekly (Starred)
A collection of perceptive essays…a well-chosen sampling of writings from a rapidly expanding and developing field. – Kirkus
“This enthralling volume insists that there can and should be humanity within true crime. Whether readers are spellbound or disgusted by the genre, this is a must.” – Library Journal (Starred)