I just saw on Amazon that one of my favorite writers, Pete Earley, has a new non-fiction book out. (Well, “new” to me: it actually came out in January 2012.) The book is called The Serial Killer Whisperer and I just ordered it. The book is about a teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury, went into a coma, and emerged with a fascination for serial killers. He starts writing serial killers, who reveal to him crimes they committed for which they were never convicted.
I am a true crime guy, but I don’t go for the lurid true crime books. I prefer well-written accounts like The Executioner’s Song or Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter (or almost any of Bugliosi’s other books written before he ran off the rails and started accusing George W. Bush of murder).
I have touted Earley before. I mentioned his book The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison in this post. And in this post I described his book Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness as a book that changed my life — or at least my outlook on mental illness, and how it is treated by the criminal justice system.
I’m very excited about this book and heartily recommend all Earley’s books — I have read all the non-fiction ones. He writes about topics as varied as spies, Mormon cult leaders, the federal witness protection program, and Vegas casinos. Every book is a fascinating insight into a world you knew almost nothing about.
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