Five Books Exploring Race in America
We look at the authors of five books discussing race in America.
From thrillers to mystery novels, CrimeReads — created by the Literary Hub team — explores the far reaches of the world of literary suspense with essays, reading lists, and more.
John Wayne Gacy and the Birth of the Murderabilia Industry
“Some people collect out of historical interest, some see it as a natural extension of their interest in true crime, while others may see it as a way of keeping controversial artifacts out of the public eye. And, of course, some collectors just get a kick out of owning something attached to a dark history.”
The Untold Story of a Prison Guard’s Struggle
Tyler Caffee recounts his sister Jami’s experience while working at Corcoran State Prison in California, one of the highest security prisons in the US. The essay raises awareness of the increased risk of suicide for female correctional officers and is part of the Unofficial Archives series at Tropics of Meta.
TAKEN: Stories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Taken is a television series dedicated to telling the individual stories of the more than 1,000 indigenous women who have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada.
What the Nobility of Policing Requires
A retired police sergeant on the need for the force to police itself more effectively: “Whether it’s a willful blind eye or an increasing tendency to conjure up some false equivalency in our collective hearts, we have created a situation where bad behavior lives within our ranks.”
Day of Birth / Night Crawlers
Each line of this terse, tense prose poem is melancholy and evocative, driving the reader toward a chillingly unexpected denouement.
What To Say When You Find Out Your Kid’s A Rapist
“So, in his letter, Dan Turner drones on about how his son’s life is ruined now… Basically, he said everything except ‘my god, what have I done.’ And in so doing, we all know exactly how Brock became the man he became. He became the man he was raised to be.”
A Splash of Red
In this piece at Narratively, murder mystery novelist Gabriel Cohen unwittingly rents an apartment where a homicide took place.