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The 10 Most Popular Books From the Criminal Justice Field

December 20, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

Criminal justice is a serious matter for those who work in the field. For the general public, however, it stirs up a great deal of morbid curiosity. Many popular books have been ripped straight from the nation's most grisly headlines, revealing a glimpse of what goes into solving a gruesome crime. Consider these 10 popular criminal justice novels:

1. Bestial - The Savage Trail of a True American Monster - This 1998 nonfiction novel by Harold Schechter details the crimes of Earle Leonard Nelson, one of North America's first serial killers.

2. Blind Eye - The Terrifying Story of a Doctor Who Got Away With Murder - Former attorney James B. Stewart explains how Michael Swango got away with poisoning as many as 60 of his patients before getting caught.

3. Crime and Science - The New Frontier in Criminology - This book, written by Jurgen Thorwald, was inspired by true accounts from the field, revealing valuable forensic science and crime-fighting methodologies.

4. Doctor Dealer - The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire - This book is about an Ivy League-educated dentist who managed to build a vast cocaine-dealing operation. Mark Bowden, known for "Black Hawk Down," released the book in 2000.

5. Donnie Brasco - My Undercover Life in the Mafia - Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Wooley wrote this true crime novel about Pistone's six years as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating the Bonanno crime family in NYC. The book was turned into a film starring Johnny Depp.

6. Helter Skelter - This true crime novel by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry details the grisly Tate-LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers. 7. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets - As a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, David Simon was able to follow a group of homicide detectives in one of the most murderous cities in the U.S. for an entire year to write this book.

8. In Cold Blood - This classic nonfiction account by Truman Capote details the 1959 murders of an innocent farming family in rural Kansas. Capote took an unusual journalistic approach, following the interior lives of the two men who committed the gruesome crime.

9. The Devil in the White City - Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America - Erik Larson details one of America's first serial killers, H.H. Holmes, who was a hotel owner during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

10. Wiseguy - As a crime reporter, Nicholas Pileggi had firsthand access to the fascinating lives of former mobster Henry Hill and the Luchese crime family, enabling him to construct this riveting tale.

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