Tag Archives: Explicit Violence

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas HarrisTitle:  Silence of the Lambs

Author:  Thomas Harris

Call #:  HAR

A gruesome serial killer is preying upon unsuspecting female victims and removing their skin after their deaths for use in a bizarre ritual. A young FBI agent assigned to the case is desperate to catch the fiend before more bodies pile up. Determined to get inside the head of the killer, she enlists the help of Psychologist Hannibal Lecter who also happens to be a convicted cannibal! Read the book that inspired the award-winning film.

Recommended by:  John

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Go Down Together by Jeff Guinn

Go Down Together by Jeff GuinnTitle:  Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde 

Author:  Jeff Guinn

Call #:  364.1522 GUI

Author Guinn expertly tells the story of Bonnie and Clyde and not the tale. In the over 75 years since this criminal couple were gunned down in an ambush in Louisiana, they have been mythologized, romanticized and idolized in books, magazines and film. Many in Depression-Era American lauded their attacks on the banks and the law, but Guinn depicts them as they truly were: inept crooks who robbed and murdered their way across the Midwest and the South over a nearly two year period in the 1930’s.

Recommended by:  Mike

Death in the City of Light by David King

Death in the City of LightTitle:  Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi Occupied Paris

Author:  David King

Call #:  364.1523 KIN

In Paris 1944, Marcel Petiot was a kindly physician who often refused to charge patients and was referred to as “The People’s Doctor”.  He also professed to be aiding the French Resistance in their fight against the Nazi occupation by offering people safe passage out of the country.  He was also a serial killer.  Eventually, he was charged with 27 murders, but authorities believed the total could be as high as 150.  The mystery of Petiot’s actions and motivations began the day numerous bodies were found buried in a lime pit on his property.  Confusion reigned as Petiot was supported by some as having done away with Nazi sympathizers while others argued he was pretending to provide help to those desperate to leave France simply to lure them to their deaths to steal their property.  In this well-written and researched book author King tells a complex tale of deceit, horror and personal evil on a scale hard to imagine.

Recommended by:  Mike

Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews

Bringing Adam Home by Les StandifordTitle:  Bringing Adam Home:  The Abduction That Changed America

Author:  Les Standiford with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews

Call #:  364.1523 STA

On a July morning in 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh who would go on to create the TV program America’s Most Wanted, was abducted outside a Sears store in Hollywood, Florida while his mother was inside shopping for lamps.  He was never seen alive again.  He was decapitated and his head dumped in a nearby canal; the only part of Adam ever found.  This book is as frustrating as it is sad.  Because of shoddy detective work and police department arrogance it took 27 years for the killer to be charged and he was already dead.  It was the dedicated work of co-author Matthews to personally piece the crime together over a quarter of a century after it happened that the Walsh family finally had a small form of justice.  The gruesome details of Adam’s murder are sickening, but the efforts of his parents to change attitudes and laws concerning missing children are inspiring and a true tribute to Adam’s memory.  A disturbing and important book.

Recommended by:  Mike

Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira GrantTitle: Feed

Author: Grant

Call #: GRA

Oh no! Futuristic virus keeps making folks into ZOMBIES! Zombie folks like to EAT FLESH! In the year 2014 just about every ailment has been cured. Even the common cold is a thing of the past. The only thing that has not been cured is zombies. As it turns out, the best cure for zombies may be violence as the walking dead close in. Will humanity be saved or will the throngs of fiends eat their Braaaaaains????

Recommended by: John

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston

Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie HustonTitle: Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

Author: Charlie Huston

Call #: HUS

Web is a good guy who gets a job cleaning up crime scenes– brains, body fluids, and all. Web finds the job satisfying, but gets wrapped up in a smuggling ring and a turf war between cleaners. Serious danger ensues. This is a character driven, hard-boiled suspense story with lots of action, gore, and vulgar language. But there is also humor here. Yes, even in the middle of room splattered with brain matter, there is humor.

Recommended by: Becky

The Crow by James O’Barr

The Crow by James O'BarrTitle: The Crow

Author: James O’Barr

Call #: G OBA

If you’ve always wanted to read this but could never find it LOOK NO FURTHER! This is the legendary graphic novel about a slain guitarist who has returned from the grave to take his revenge. The art is hauntingly rendered in black and white. Lyrics from gothic rock songs often double as text. Read the work that inspired a wildly popular film and, it may be argued, an entire subculture.

Recommended by: John