The first story in this collection by author Chris Roy is, "Her Name Is Mercie." It is a taut thriller with a lovable duo caught up in a conspiracy that reaches deep into the local police department. The author's powerful prose and tight pacing keeps the reader cheering for Mercie Hillbrook and her affable young companion, Kermit, a Vietnamese street-kid.
Serial killers are a very uniquely warped, sick type of criminal—and that's exactly what makes them so fascinating. In the world of true crime, their strange crimes and bizarre way of thinking generated an entire genre of books that captivate readers and remind us of how horrible humanity can be.
I hated it. All that the people could talk in the month of January is the resolutions they (had) made! Now, I knew that the motivation to keep going with the resolution would die in a week (or less) for the most people. So, I never dared to make any resolutions of my own.
Detective Frank Castle may be retired, but there's still a killer to catch!
There is nothing better than finding the perfect detective novel series to get addicted to and cozy up with whenever you have the downtime. As avid readers of the genre already know, when looking for the perfect series, it’s all about finding something gripping that will not only keep you turning page after page, but will keep you on your toes through the entire story. Solid character development is essential in these novels because everyone loves a concept full of depth, where your favorite characters can just as easily be those you admire as those you truly detest. With all that said, there are so many great mystery series out there for you to choose from that you need never be worried about running out of compelling stories to read.
The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron is a novel on a blogger, Matt Tremain, who blogs about the truth and scams. Matt Tremain's life changes when he learns of CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Canada from a whistleblower. Matt get drawn into the fight to expose the conspiracy when his source is killed. As he races against the clock to stop countless deaths he find allies in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter.
Detective Inspector Amy Winter has always wanted to be like her father—a great cop and an inspiration to all. She has followed in his footsteps all the way and now heads a special crimes unit that deals with serial killers and the lowest of the low in the crime world. She has a reputation for understanding criminals like nobody else, which has always made her question why.
Riddled with reflections on mankind and the dark corners of our psyches, crime novels have a unique ability to give us much more than the simple story it directly portrays. They burrow into the things that motivate us, the things that drive us, and the horrible things that people are capable of under the right circumstances.
Just like investigative podcasts, the greatest investigative journalism books of all time have several things in common. For one thing, the stories pull you in and refuse to let you go until you learn the truth. For another, they expose secrets that most people would never imagine. How many of these true crime books have a place on your reading list?
Rather than my usual essays, this piece is structured as a script intended to simulate what a conversation between myself and four criminologists across the decades might have looked like in the modern day concerning the young adult novel Proxy by Alex London. All thoughts and applications of theory are my own. Please be wary of major spoilers.
Summer is just around the corner and it is the ideal time to indulge in an addictive mystery book series. With juicy crime details unraveling at your fingertips, these books promise to be binge worthy material. Each of the authors in this list have created complex characters, edge-of-your-seat plot twists, and memorable storylines.