True Crime: An American Anthology (2008) From the very first Pilgrim-on-Pilgrim shotgunning, America has been a land of violent drunks, greedy relatives, nihilistic teens, icy femmes fatales, withdrawn men who hear… 2008-09-18 Nonfiction True Crime Library of America
Book Review

True Crime: An American Anthology (2008)

True Crime: An American Anthology | CRIME SPREE America's history of misdeeds
CRIME SPREE America's history of misdeeds
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 18, 2008; Genres: Nonfiction, True Crime; Publisher: Library of America

From the very first 
Pilgrim-on-Pilgrim shotgunning, 
America has been a land of violent drunks, greedy relatives, nihilistic teens, icy femmes fatales, withdrawn men who hear voices — and writers drawn to their grisly misdeeds. We learn all kinds of bloodstained trivia in True Crime: An American Anthology's collection, which includes everything from Cotton Mather's gallows sermons to Mark Twain's raucous sketches of frontier mayhem, Dominick Dunne's profile of the creepy Menendez brothers, and James Ellroy's elegy for his murdered mother. For lurid detail, engrossing 
 procedural, tawdry atmospherics, and hard-boiled scrutiny of society's 
underbelly, you just can't beat these real-life case files. A–

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints