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    The Court of Last Resort by Erle Stanley Gardner

In 1945, Erle Stanley Gardner, noted attorney and author of the popular Perry Mason mysteries, was contacted by an overwhelmed California public defender who believed his doomed client was innocent. William Marvin Lindley had been convicted of the rape and murder of a young girl along the banks of the Yuba River, and was awaiting execution at San Quentin. After reviewing the case, Gardner agreed to help--it seemed the fate of the "Red-Headed Killer" hinged on the testimony of a colorblind witness.

Year: 1945
Genre: True Crime

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

Year: 1966
Genre: New JournalismTrue Crime



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-- -- --1945 The Court of Last Resort   by Erle Stanley Gardner
-- -- --1966 In Cold Blood   by Truman Capote
-- -- --1973 The Onion Field   by Joseph Wambaugh
-- -- --1979 The Executioner's Song   by Norman Mailer
-- -- --1984 Lines and Shadows   by Joseph Wambaugh
-- -- --1987 Echoes in the Darkness   by Joseph Wambaugh
-- -- --1995 Oswald's Tale   by Norman Mailer
-- -- --2002 Fire Lover: A True Story   by Joseph Wambaugh
-- -- --2006 The Innocent Man   by John Grisham