Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Seven true crime books for domestic-suspense lovers

Lisa Levy is a columnist and contributing editor at LitHub and CrimeReads. She is the former EIC of crime fiction site The Life Sentence and the former Mystery/Noir editor at the LA Review of Books.

At CrimeReads Levy tagged seven "remarkable true stories ... interrogating what we think we know about those closest to us, those who are supposed to care or watch out for us, those who are supposed to protect us." One title on the list:
Alligator Candy, by David Kushner

Kushner grew up in 1970s Florida, exploring the woods and roads of their safe suburb on their bikes, like an earlier version of Stranger Things. But one day his brother, Jon, got on his bike and never came home. He was murdered by two drifters, and both Kushner’s life and the world around him would never be the same. Kushner’s book is both about his family’s ordeal and the conservative shift in parenting that happened soon after Jon’s disappearance, when missing children began to appear on milk cartons and newscasters asked if you knew where your children were.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue