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Historical true crime

An interesting Book Riot post on a sub-genre I hadn’t previously been aware of: historical true crime. For example, this sounds fictional:

HOW TO RUIN A QUEEN: MARIE ANTOINETTE AND THE DIAMOND NECKLACE AFFAIR BY JONATHAN BECKMAN

Just before the French Revolution, a sensational trial captivated all of Paris. The focal point was Jeanne de la Motte, a con artist accused of spearheading an audacious plan to steal the most expensive piece of jewelry in Europe…and to frame Marie Antoinette for the heist. This book is at once a detective story, a courtroom drama, and a study of credulity and self-deception in the Age of Enlightenment.

I guess this really happened? Because wow, yes, that does sound audacious.

Many other examples of historical true crime books at the link. Here’s one they forgot or at least did not include: The Great Train Robbery. I read that a long time ago … I had not noticed Michael Crichton wrote it … anyway, it was a fun heist story, and at least based on a true story.

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2 Comments Historical true crime

  1. Elaine T

    oh, is that what the Diamond Necklace Affair was about. I’ve run across references – Dumas wrote a novel frex – but was never interested enough to follow up.

    Do they include the multitudinous Jack the Ripper books? Checks. No, it’s a list of ten. And there are sub-sub-genres I see: non-violent, and Edwardian..

    I’ve actually read a couple of the general sort – they can be interesting.

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