»Happily, hidden among this genre are a heap of fulfilling standouts. The term given to books like these is «literary true crime». It’s the triple-modified backhanded compliment and the term still seems a bit overwrought. Try introducing your lover as a «lovely, devout and a reformed prostitute» and you’ll understand.«
Stone-cold classics: Author Charles Graeber (The Good Nurse) with his top 10 of true crime books. His list and his view at The Guardian.