Honor roll: Anthony Award for Best True Crime

Each of these books has been nominated for an Anthony Award for Best True Crime. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:Criminal Shadows

Criminal Shadows: Inner Narratives of Evil

David Canter

Dr. David Canter, Britain’s leading pioneer in the psychological science of criminal profiling reveals how vicious serial killers and rapists unconsciously cast shadows of their identity at the crime scene. The telltale patterns, when scientifically understood, can help police capture these brutal offenders.

Criminal Shadows leads the reader through Dr. Canter’s breakthrough profiling techniques, now adopted by a growing number of police forces throughout the world. A must read for anyone in the field of criminal justice.

Book:The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery

The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery: The True Story of the Dr. John Branion Murder Case

Barbara D'Amato

In 1968, Dr. John Branion was found guilty of murdering his wife in their posh Chicago home. After exhausting his appeals, he evaded authorites by fleeing to Africa. He was finally captured in 1983—but his case was far from over. It would take another seven years for Dr. Branion to prove that he was innoent—and that those who prosecuted him had known it all along.


Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

David Simon

Enter the workday of real policemen. Follow fifteen detectives, three sergeants, and a lieutenant, whose job it is to investigate Baltimore’s 234 murders. You will get a cop’s-eye-view of the bureaucracy, the highs of success, the moments of despair, and the non-stop rush of pursuits, anger, banter, and violence that make up a cop’s life. Now an acclaimed television series, this extraordinary book is the insider’s look at what you have always wondered about.

Book:Dead by Sunset

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

Ann Rule

When attorney Cheryl Keeton’s brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van in the fast lane of an Oregon freeway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was the likely suspect. But there was no solid evidence linking him to the crime. He married again, for the fifth time, and his stunning new wife, a physician named Sara, adopted his three sons. They all settled down to family life on a luxurious estate. But gradually, their marriage became a nightmare….

In this gripping account of Cheryl’s murder, Ann Rule takes us from Brad’s troubled boyhood to one of the most bizarre trials in legal history, uncovering multiple marriages, financial manipulations, infidelities, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge along the way.

Dead By Sunset is Ann Rule at her riveting best.

Book:A Rose For Her Grave and Other True Cases

A Rose For Her Grave and Other True Cases

Ann Rule

With this gripping true crime anthology, the first in a 5-book series, former Seattle policewoman and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Rule turns her unflinching eye on compelling true crime accounts from her personal case files.

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