Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
By John Berendt
DB 38077, BR 11463, Available as BARD Download
In the 1980s, New Yorker Berendt began visiting Savannah, Georgia. Enchanted by the city and its inhabitants, he spent more and more time there. He introduces Savannah and the hodgepodge of friends he made, especially Jim Williams, an antique dealer active in the restoration of Savannah. He also discusses the murder on May 2, 1981, for which Williams went to trial--four times. Strong language.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit
By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
DB 43669, Available as BARD Download
Douglas, who pioneered criminal profiling, gives an inside account of the FBI’s elite Investigative Support Unit. He recounts some of his most famous cases and describes various tactics used to identify and prosecute serial criminals. Violence, descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller.
Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries During the London Blitz
By Molly Lefebure
DB 80477, BR 20622, Available as BARD Download
Author describes how, as a young British journalist in 1941, she accepted forensic pathologist Keith Simpson's offer to be his secretary. She describes cases she encountered while working by his side for five years in the mortuary and at crime scenes. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1955.
My Dark Places
By James Ellroy
DB 44271, Available as BARD Download
A mystery writer's dark memoir of his mother's murder when he was ten years old, and his youthful decline into crime, substance abuse, and alienation. Obsessed with his mother's memory, he investigates her death--and her life--thirty-six years after the fact. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller.
By Elizabeth Smart
DB 77683, BR 20473, LT 16396, Available as BARD Download
Elizabeth Smart recounts her ordeal of being kidnapped at age fourteen from her family's home in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 5, 2002, and her nine months of captivity. Highlights the ways her religious faith sustained her sanity, her subsequent recovery, and the trial of her abusers. Bestseller. 2013.
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
By Deborah Blum
DB 72307, Available as BARD Download
Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist chronicles the birth of forensic medicine and the careers of toxicology pioneers Dr. Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler during the early twentieth century. Examines criminal cases in which Norris and Gettler identified previously difficult-to-detect chemicals and advanced scientific understanding of how poisons worked. Some violence. 2010.
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
By Jon Krakauer
DB 56777, Available as BARD Download
Traces the origins of Mormonism in an effort to explain certain crimes committed by fundamentalist sect members--including the 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty and her baby in Utah. Conveys how Brenda’s remorseless brother-in-law Dan and his brother Ron believed God ordered them to kill. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
By Kate Summerscale
BR 21938, Available as BARD Download
Award-winning author examines the life of Robert Coombes, who killed his abusive mother at age thirteen in 1895 London. Explains how Robert was sent to the infamous Broadmoor lunatic asylum, ultimately survived, and built a life for himself. Some violence. 2016.
Around the World in Eighty Days
By Jules Verne
DB 53171, LT 19129, BR 9468, Available as BARD download
Reading time: 7 hours, 42 minutes London, 1872. Well-to-do, eccentric Phileas Fogg is certain that he can travel around the world in eighty days. He's so sure that he's wagered half of his fortune and set off on the grand adventure with his servant, Passepartout. For senior high and older readers. For senior high and older readers. 1873.