Five lucky CLEWS readers had their names drawn from a hat to win a free hardcover copy of A Cold-Blooded Business: Adultery, Murder, and a Killer's Path from the Bible Belt to the Boardroom by Marek Fuchs. The publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, was kind enough to share them with you -- readers who appreciate very well written true crime stories.
If you see your name below, your book will be mailed Media Mail (give it 4-10 days).
The winners (who, to enter, had to name their favorite true crime book ever) are:
Tom, St. Louis: "Some tough competition, but my number one would have to be Blood and Money, by Thomas Thompson. Not just the perfect title, but a combination of soap opera and Greek tragedy that, classicly, no one would dare invent. Two men with nothing in common but the woman they both loved, and her mysterious death. I know people who have literally stayed up all night reading this."
Ann, Lansing, Mich.: "Favorite ever true crime book is Darker than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice because I live in Michigan and was familiar with the missing hunters and always wondered what had happened to them."
Carrie, Federal Way, WA: "I think my favorite True Crime book is Helter Skelter because of the nature of the attacks and the weirdness of the characters that committed the crimes. The fact the Bugliosi was privy to most of the info on the Manson Gang makes it a more believable, factual account. The deviance of behavior in these people makes for truly frightening reading. It's kind of unputdownable, riveting from beginning to end."
Jason (Headsman of Executed Today), Bloomington, Ind.: "I have to go with the classic Newgate Calendar, which is still a remarkably current look at both human folly and at the authorial voice that judges it. Plus, when writing about a different execution every single day, there's no better go-to source outside of the Third Reich!"
Courtney, Surrey, BC: "My favorite True Crime book... well, I have many including all the books done by Barry Scheck or involving his work. But my absolute favorite, although not entirely fitting for true crime genre in my opinion, is You Got Nothing Coming by the late Jimmy Lerner because it's the book that got me into the genre, helped me understand what was happening to my good friend in prison, and also because when I wrote to the author, he wrote back and I did his web site, and we became good friends. My friend who is incarcerated inspired my blog first and foremost, but a very close secondary inspiration was Jimmy Lerner and his amazingly entertaining and informative book.
"An interesting sidenote: This book actually inspired and was plagiarized by the Fox show Prison Break. If you read the book and then watch the first few episodes, you'll see the similarities. Jimmy was never notified of this, and was awarded a rather large settlement when it was discovered. Fox had purchased the rights to make a motion picture film based on the book, but not a television show loosely based on it."
Thanks to everyone who entered and watch this space for more book giveaways!