These twisty, explosive stories of murder and madness read like novels.
True crime is having a renaissance right now, but the genre has been popular long before the Serial podcast or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood brought Charles Manson's murders back into focus. The best true crime books read like thrillers, with twists and turns to keep you hooked. But they also tell a story larger story, contextualizing the crime like gripping historical fiction. While serial killers and grisly murders might immediately come to mind when discussing the genre, there's more to this literary motif than that. Whether it’s art forgery, white collar sins, or political traitors, this list captures the best non-fiction true crime books of all time.