Even if nonfiction isn't your cup of tea, don't write it off just yet. Nonfiction isn't all biographies and histories: there are riveting tales of true crime and murder written into novels that will keep more on your toes, perhaps even more than your favorite action movie. Give it a try with one of these nonfiction crime novels the next time you're seeking a thrill: 1) Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough True crime books can be slow, but this tale brings in big names that you will recognize: Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger and more. Crime books often focus too much on boring investigation procedure, and not enough on the action of the crimes, but don't worry about that: in this book, we follow crime sprees from state to state in an attempt by the good guys to bring down the bad, and it's a great read. 2) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Manson Murder case, put together this book that gives real procedure in a way that readers with any level of previous law experience can understand, and gives us an intricate look into the Manson family like has never been done before. Bugliosi does an amazing job of telling this story and making the legal issues accessible for readers. It’s twice the length of any police novel, but also twice as good. (Bugliosi has other true crime novels later that are also pretty fascinating, including And the Sea Will Tell.) 3) The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner There was a time, before 9/11, before the 1990s, when plane hijacking was common thing: any unruly passenger could get a plane to Cuba, and get a lot of money out of airlines to make out with a huge profit in the end. This book follows the story of two hijackers, and explores the changes that security and hijacking in the airline industry has gone through over time. Koerner keeps the book moving by going back and forth between the history of these hijackings and how each one presented new challenges, next to the story of Roger Holder and Cathy Krekow, a pair of unlikely criminals whose path we follow in depth. 4) Columbine by Dave Cullen This book is easily one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. If you have ever been considered about the representation of news and crime in media, then this book is for you. In the days and weeks following Columbine, a huge amount of misinformation about both the killer and the victims was released. But now, looking back, Cullen has put together the pieces that the news never shared, and made it more clear about just what horrors happened that day. Columbine was a big news story for the mass media, and if you’re at all worried about the evils of the 24-hour news takeover, this book is a must-read. It is constantly riveting no matter how much you think you know. 5) The Map Thief by Michael Blanding E. Forbes Smiley was a big player in the antique map dealer business- a small business, but one that deals with huge amounts of money for priceless items. A lack of a paper trail means that he got away with it for years, and it is only in retrospect that all of this information was uncovered. Warning: you may find yourself with a map addiction by the time it’s over. Any other great suggestions I should pick up? Let me know!