Best True Crime Books
Readers looking for the best true crime books may like Inside: Life Behind Bars in America. This book shows the ugliness that many prisoners experience after they’ve been convicted of crime. Like Earning Freedom, Success After Prison, and other books I wrote, I tell this story in the first-person voice. Unlike my other books, however, where I reveal my own experiences, in Inside I focus on the adjustment patterns of others.
I wrote Inside in the “voice of the penitentiary.” Readers get a sense of the violent, aggressive language. Through dialogue that I recreated, readers can feel the tension between prisoners and staff. Readers listen and learn from gang members as they manipulate staff or other prisoners. They learn how prisoners introduce contraband, manufacture weapons, and perpetrate criminal behavior while living in secure prisons.
When I wrote Inside: Life Behind Bars in America, I wasn’t thinking about writing one of the best true crime books. I was in my 15th year of confinement and I was scheduled to serve 10 more years. I had published two previous books, About Prison and Profiles From Prison, for academic audiences. With two publishing credentials behind me, I wrote Inside because I wanted to reach a general, nonfiction audience.
Our country was in the midst of its buildup to mass incarceration when I wrote Inside. I wanted to help readers understand why mass incarceration represented one of the greatest social injustices of our time. By showing others what I saw in prison, and what others shared with me, I hoped to contribute to a dialogue for prison and sentence reform.
St. Martin’s Press, one of the largest publishing houses in the world, brought Inside to market. The professionals at St. Martin’s were instrumental in generating wide publicity and distribution. Reviews from The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review and the New York Times Sunday Book Review, as well as other major publications, ensured that tens of thousands of people would learn about Inside.
Watch this video link to learn how major news organizations covered my work.
I wrote Inside for a general, nonfiction audience. Although Inside offers highlights of prison life, for those looking to read about how to succeed in prison and beyond, I recommend Earning Freedom or my other books. For those who want a more graphic look of prison, Inside: Life Behind Bars in America is the right book to order.
Inside: Life Behind Bars in America is available for immediate delivery. Price includes shipping to all U.S. addresses.
(Only available in paperback, digital version available through Amazon)