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Don't Tell a Soul (USED)

Don't Tell a Soul (USED)

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"Phelps is a true-crime veteran." --New York Post

Cherry Walker was a devoted, trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman who loved caring for a neighbor's little boy. But when she was asked to testify in court against his abusive mother, Cherry never got the chance. She couldn't lie if her life depended on it--and it did. Cherry's body was found on the side of a Texas road, after being doused with lighter fluid and set aflame.

Attractive, manipulative, and violent, mother of four Kim Cargill had a wealth of dirty secrets she'd do anything to keep hidden. This in-depth account by bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps takes you inside Cargill's shocking trial--and into the mind of one of the most conniving female psychopaths in recent history--and on death row.

"Anything by Phelps is an eye-opening experience." --Suspense Magazine

"Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer." --TV Rage

"Phelps is the king of true crime." --Lynda Hirsch, Creators Syndicate columnist

"One of our most engaging crime journalists." --Dr. Katherine Ramsland

INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS

Evil Wives: Deadly Women Whose Crimes Knew No Limits (USED)

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Forever and Five Days (USED)

Forever and Five Days (USED)

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Alpine Manor was the finest nursing home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Clean, efficient, and safe, elderly patients and their loved ones could always rely on the care they received there.

Until November 29, 1988, when the shocking news exploded in the local media. Alpine Manor nurses' aides Catherine May Wood, a twenty-eight year-old wife and mother, and Gwendolyn Gail Graham, her lover, were arrested in connection with the horrible suffocation murders of five patients.

Cunning and evasive, Wood finally confessed to police about her bizarre relationship with Graham and claimed that the killings were part of their eternal love pact to spell M-U-R-D-E-R with the victims' names. The sensational trial stunned the nation with its lurid details of the obsessive sexual violence and blind jealousy that led to the slaughter of innocent women. Wood and Graham were convicted for murder and sentenced to prison. Graham received five consecutive life sentences; Wood a total of twenty to forty years.

In the bestselling tradition of SMALL SACRIFICES and FATAL VISION, Cauffiel's true crime masterpiece FOREVER AND FIVE DAYS gives us not only the facts of these inhuman crimes, but insight into the minds of the psychopaths driven to commit them!

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution (USED)

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Homicide; A Year on the Killing Streets (USED)

Homicide; A Year on the Killing Streets (USED)

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"Remarkable . . . A true crime classic . . . A journalistic masterpiece . . . [A] saga of a brutal, bloody, bewildering year in the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit . . . This is interior reporting at its finest". Associated Press

"We seem to have an insatiable appetite for police stories . . . . David Simon's entry is far and away the best, the most readable, reliable and relentless of them all . . . . An eye for the scenes of slaughter and pursuit and an ear for the cadences of cop talk, both business and banter, lend Simon's account . . . the fascination that truth often has . . . . Fueled by coffee, cigarettes and the drive to 'put down' (i.e., close) cases, these heroes keep at it long after ordinary mortals would have lost heart". The Washington Post

"This may be the best true-crime book, the best naked look at murder and cops and crime and life on the killing streets of big-city America in the late 20th century . . . . A rich, revealing look at the twisted lives of killers and their victims and at the men who are obsessed with solving the most heinous and baffling murders". San Diego Union

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleaveland (USED)

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleaveland (USED)

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

A bestselling book that is inspiring the nation: "We have written here about terrible things that we never wanted to think about again . . . Now we want the world to know: we survived, we are free, we love life."

Two women kidnapped by infamous Cleveland school-bus driver Ariel Castro share the stories of their abductions, captivity, and dramatic escape



On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry. . . . I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for ten years."

A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry had a daughter--Jocelyn--by their captor.

Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro's house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines--including details never previously released on Castro's life and motivations--Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

House of Lies (USED)

House of Lies (USED)

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Killer Debutante
Kelley Cannon was living the American Dream. The former prom queen had three beautiful children with her successful, handsome husband, Jim, and an elegant home in well-to-do Nashville. But when their housekeeper found Jim murdered, strangled to death as their children slept, the fairytale collapsed. Behind the facade, Kelley's glamorous lifestyle was being torn apart by infidelity, alcohol, and drug abuse. When she went from prime suspect to accused, a jury had to decide--How could a 90-pound woman overpower a grown man to death? Their finding: premeditated murder, a life sentence--and a storybook life that masked a dark, violent truth . . .
"What caused petite, pretty Kelley Cannon to snap? Find out in this page-turning account of a woman who killed her husband." --Burl Barer, Edgar Award-winning Author of Body Count and Head Shot
"A gripping true-crime shocker."--Burl Barer
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If I Can't Have You (USED)

If I Can't Have You (USED)

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In If I Can't Have You, bestselling author Gregg Olsen and co-author Rebecca Morris investigate one of the 21st Century's most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father.

Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

Over the next three years bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh's father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh's brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with brutality beyond belief.

Inside: Life Behind Bars in America (USED)

Inside: Life Behind Bars in America (USED)

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Before Orange is the New Black, there was Inside.

American jails and prisons confine nearly 13.5 million people each year. Despite these disturbing numbers, little is known about life inside beyond the mythology of popular culture.

Michael G. Santos, a federal prisoner nearing the end of his second decade of continuous confinement, documents the lives of the men warehoused in the American prison system. Inside: Life Behind Bars in America, his first book for the general public, takes us behind those bars and into the chaos of the cellblock.

Capturing the voices of his fellow prisoners with perfect pitch, Santos makes the tragic--and at times inspiring--stories of men from the toughest gang leaders to the richest Wall Street criminals come alive. From drug schemes, murders for hire, and even a prostitution ring that trades on the flesh of female prison guards, this book contains the never-before-seen details of prison life that at last illuminate the varied ways in which men experience life behind bars in America.

Journey to Hell: Inside the World's Most Violent Prison System (USED)

Journey to Hell: Inside the World's Most Violent Prison System (USED)

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Donald MacNeil was teaching sailing in the north of England when he was hired to skipper a yacht across the Mediterranean. The pay was good and the work was easy--or so he thought. But the truth was soon revealed: He had to sail the Atlantic to South America to collect one of the biggest hauls of cocaine ever bound for the United Kingdom.

Realizing he knew too much about the gangsters who had hired him, he saw that refusal wasn't an option. There followed a harrowing journey to Venezuela, where almost £50 million of coke was waiting. But before they could escape, MacNeil and his fellow crewman were arrested. They were found guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to six years in the notorious island prison of San Antonio.

MacNeil soon discovered why Venezuela's prisons are the most violent in the world, with hundreds killed every year in riots, vendettas, and petty disputes. Thrown into a filthy, overcrowded dormitory and surrounded by armed gangs and crack addicts, he faced a daily fight to survive. Ferocious guards beat prisoners indiscriminately, and many cut themselves in "blood strikes" to protest against the scarce food, undrinkable water, and lack of medical care. Finally, a war broke out between the two prison compounds, involving guns, machetes, and even grenades.

Through it all, MacNeil clung to the belief that one day he would be home. Journey To Hell is a harrowing but compelling account of one man's extraordinary will to survive in a world gone mad.

Donald MacNeil has worked as a sailing instructor and in mountain rescue. He is currently rebuilding his life in Scotland.