The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals

With a contribution by Paul Willetts


Many of the most successful criminals in history have something in common. They are polite, charming, and loyal only to rules of their own making. The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals reveals true accounts of lawbreakers from the past to the present.

This anthology, edited by acclaimed author and anthologist Mitzi Szereto, features all-new stories from award-winning international crime writers, true-crime podcasters, journalists, and experts in dark crimes. The tales on these pages prove that crime and gentlemanly (or gentlewomanly) behaviour—which allowed many to escape justice for so long—can often be a killer combination!

Readers will be fascinated by accounts of well-mannered criminals penned by writers such as Dean Jobb, Paul Willetts, and many others. Paul’s contribution tells the very strange and scandalous story behind one of the greatest French art collections—a story encompassing paid hitmen, prostitution, and family intrigue on a level that makes the Borgias appear benign. 


Praise for this book 

“Conjuring the spirits of Truman Capote and Damon Runyon (with the ghost of Patricia Highsmith looking on), the stories in The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals thrillingly depict real-life misdeeds throughout history. An Ecuadorian Robin Hood, an art scandal in Paris, new insights into the life and death of a Depression-era bootlegger—what’s not to love?”Abbott Kahler, New York Times bestselling author (as Karen Abbott) of The Ghosts of Eden Park

“What a fantastic collection of spellbinding true crime stories from around the world! Each one is deeply researched, thoughtful and fascinating. This anthology is simply good reading for any fan.”Kate Winkler Dawson, American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI


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