The Most Jaw-Dropping True Crime Books of 2020

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The men and women in the pages of these 15 books sure do.

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best true crime books 2020 unspeakable acts

Unspeakable Acts

By Sarah Weinman (Editor)

best true crime books of 2020 notes on a silencing

Notes on a Silencing

By Lacy Crawford

best true crime books of 2020 we keep the dead close

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

By Becky Cooper

best true crime books of 2020 the scientist and the spy

The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage

By Mara Hvistendahl

best true crime books of 2020 magnetized conversations with a serial killer

Magnetized: Conversations with a Serial Killer

By Carlos Busqued

best true crime books of 2020 america's first female serial killer

America’s First Female Serial Killer

By Mary Kay McBrayer

best true crime books of 2020 the third rainbow girl

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

By Emma Copley Eisenberg

best true crime books 2020 broken faith

Broken Faith: Inside The Word Of Faith Fellowship, One Of America’s Most Dangerous Cults

By Mitch Weiss And Holbrook Mohr

best true crime books of 2020 yellow bird

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

By Sierra Crane Murdoch

best true crime books of 2020 ms-13 the making of america's most notorious gang

MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang

By Steven Dudley

best true crime books of 2020 the sorrows of mexico

The Sorrows of Mexico

By Lydia Cacho, Anabel Hernández, Juan Villoro, Diego Enrique Osorno, Sergio González Rodríquez, Marcela Turati, and Emiliano Ruiz Parra

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The Case of the Vanishing Blonde

By Mark Bowden

best true crime books of 2020 the devil's harvest

The Devil's Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley

By Jessica Garrison

best true crime books of 2020 the cold vanish

The Cold Vanish

By Jon Billman

best true crime books of 2020 american sherlock

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Bird of American CSI

By Kate Winkler Dawson