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11 True Crime Novels That Every Armchair Detective Will Love

For the true crime-obsessed, hunting down the best books on the most fascinating cases is a must. Long gone are the days when an interest in the macabre parts of humanity was something to be embarrassed of. Now, thanks in part to the popularity of TV shows like Dateline and 20/20, as well as true crime podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial, devouring everything true crime has become mainstream.

The Best True Crime Novels of All Time

While our collective societal obsession with the morbidly fascinating is nothing new — just binge-watch the hundreds of episodes of Forensic Files if you need a reminder — this is especially true in literature. After all, there’s a reason the Sherlock Holmes novels and the works of Edgar Allen Poe were (and still are) so successful. But when these books tell real-life stories, it’s even more interesting. Because while fiction can undoubtedly shake us, nothing is more terrifying than the truth.

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