Out Now: SCOUNDREL
Welcome to the official home of Sarah Weinman, writer, editor, and Crime Lady.
My newest release is Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free, which published on February 22, 2022. It’s a mixture of true crime, midcentury American history, conservative politics, and criminal justice reform. It begins with the 1957 murder of a teenage girl in Bergen County, New Jersey and examines how, over the following two decades, prominent intellectuals like William F. Buckley were convinced of the killer’s innocence, advocated for him and his literary talent, only to see it all fall apart in catastrophic fashion. Publishers Weekly hailed it as an “instant classic” and the advance word has generally been stellar. I’m so glad to have this book out in the world, which was more than seven years in the making.
My first nonfiction book, The Real Lolita, was published on September 11, 2018 in the US, Canada, and the UK. The paperback edition was published in the US on September 10, 2019, and will be released in Canada and the UK in February 2020. I am so proud of this book and that it has reached such a wide readership and garnered such a tremendous response (with a few award wins and nominations, to boot.)
In July 2020, I edited the anthology Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession, with an introduction by Patrick Radden Keefe and a lineup of stellar writers at the vanguard of our current true crime moment.
Thanks so much for dropping by!