July 17, 2023

The 15 most thrilling books of summer 2023

Private Eye July, our annual celebration of all things mystery, suspense and true crime, is here! Here are the books that will have us frantically flipping through pages all season long.
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Book jacket image for What the Dead Know by Barbara Butcher

What the Dead Know

Writing in a fast-paced and precise style, Barbara Butcher shares a treasure trove of stories from her 22 years as a death investigator in New
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Little, Crazy Children

In his latest true crime investigation, James Renner refuses to let the murder of Shaker Heights, Ohio, teenager Lisa Pruett be washed away by the
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Book jacket image for I Know Who You Are by Barbara Rae-Venter

I Know Who You Are

Some retirees quilt; others fish. And then there’s Barbara Rae-Venter, who identified the Golden State Killer using investigative genetic genealogy and sparked a forensic revolution.
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Book jacket image for Evidence of Things Seen by Sarah Weinman

Evidence of Things Seen

Sarah Weinman’s second true crime anthology confronts how social media, misogyny, racism and classism shape how we perceive crime.
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Book jacket image for The Art Thief by Michael Finkel

The Art Thief

Stéphane Breitwieser stole more than 300 irreplaceable artworks. Journalist Michael Finkel now attempts to understand why this criminal aesthete hoarded those treasures in his attic.
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