Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
This is the gripping story of a young university law student who murdered her boyfriend with an overdose of heroin, then pleaded innocence. Garner observes the twists and turns of the trial, the shifting sands of courtroom sentiment, and uncovers much about how such a bizarre series of events could come to pass.
This House of Grief by Helen Garner
On Father’s Day 2005, Victorian man Robert Farquharson drove his car into a dam with his three boys inside. He escaped, but his three boys drowned. Garner follows the court proceedings and the complicated path to justice, diving into a case most people would not deign to investigate, much less write such a compelling, devastating book about.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In 1959, two young men murdered an entire family in a quiet American town. They escaped and spend months on the run before they are finally traced by police. Capote reconstructs the whole debacle, gradually revealing the motivation for the murders, the history of the murderers, and the underlying tensions.
The Mind of a Terrorist by Kaare Sørensen
How David Headley, one of the masterminds behind the Mumbai Massacre, rose to prominence in global terror networks while successfully eluding authorities, and how he was eventually caught.
The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
Yet another fantastic true crime book about the man who was convicted of setting the Churchill fire on Black Saturday in 2009. Black Saturday was one of the worst fire events in Victoria’s history, with 173 fatalities and as many as 400 individual fires burning at the same time across the state. The book is divided into three sections. The first is dedicated to the police investigation into the fire, the second to the defence lawyers’ work on the case, and the third to the trial itself. This book is a nuanced account of the life and crime of someone the media has portrayed as a thoroughly ‘bad man’. The reality is far more complex and is gradually revealed through Hooper’s work.