So five CLEWS readers have won a free copy of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher in the first CLEWS book giveaway, to be mailed to them by the publisher.
To enter the drawing, each was asked to submit the name of their favorite-ever true crime title. I put all the names in a hat and drew five. The winners, and their answers, are below. If you see your name here, your address has been sent to the publisher and you should get your book in the mail in due course. If you don't see your name, I'll keep your entry for the next book giveaway!
And the winning entries are....
W.H. (anonymous): "My favorites include In Cold Blood, Serpentine, and Blood Will Tell. Right now, The Devil in the White City is my favorite because I now live in Hyde Park, Chicago; and when I am not obsessed about if Obama is planning on disrupting my weekend with the extra security, I tour White City and Leopold and Loeb sites."
Candi Smith: "My vote is for Lizzie Borden, Arnold R. Brown, 1992, Dell. Although reviewers say 'the author massaged' Lizzie's testimony, the fact of her axe-wielding, mentally retarded half-brother just can't be swept under the rug that easily. Having read most everything out there about Lizzie, this is the only explanation that satisfies my reason, my logic and my gut."
Graham Trott: "The Killing Of Julia Wallace by Jonathan Goodman. This ground-breaking investigation by the British master is a consummate exposition of the ultimate (spousal?) murder and crime conundrum."
Venice Miller: " Of the hundreds of true crime books I have ever read, my favorite is Predator by Jack Olsen. This book reads like a novel, but is even better because it's true, as catastrophic a story as it is. The way Jack Olsen wrote it makes me feel like I know the characters in the book on a personal basis. He so engrossed me with the story of this rapist's life that I feel I at least have an inkling of why he might have committed his crimes. I was so enthralled by the story, I didn't want it to end."
Dave Elkin: "It was tough but Fatal Vision comes in second but I still give the nod to Helter Skelter. I picked the latter due to the fact that the book was very well researched and brought to you the horror of the act, and though Manson was certainly the man in charge, he never actually killed anybody. He still should have gotten the chair, but good old CA decided that the death penalty was cruel and unusual. I have also read a number of Ripper books, but one does not stand out in my mind. Helter Skelter won a 1975 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book, which is a strong comment as well."