Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession
A brilliant anthology of modern true-crime writing thatillustrates the appeal of this powerful and popular genre, editedand curated by Sarah Weinman, the award-winning author of The RealLolitaThe appeal of true-crime stories has never been higher. Withpodcasts like My Favorite Murder and In the Dark, bestsellers likeI’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Furious Hours, and TV hits likeAmerican Crime Story and Wild Wild Country, the cultural appetitefor stories of real people doing terrible things is insatiable.Acclaimed author ofThe Real Lolita and editor of Women CrimeWriters: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library ofAmerica) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin), SarahWeinman brings together an exemplary collection of recent truecrime tales. She culls together some of the most refreshing andexciting contemporary journalists and chroniclers of crime workingtoday. Michelle Dean’s “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick”went viral when it first published and is the basis for the TVshowThe Act and Pamela Colloff’s “The Reckoning,” is the goldstandard for forensic journalism. There are 13 pieces in all and asa collection, they showcase writing about true crime across thebroadest possible spectrum, while also reflecting what makes crimestories so transfixing and irresistible to the modern reader.