Best Criminology Books in 2023 | Learn About Justice, Criminals and Crimes

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Criminology is the study of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. By reading these best criminology books in 2023 you will learn about the causes, controls, management, consequences, outcome, and prevention of criminal behavior on both individual and social perspectives. You will also know the true stories of criminals, experiences of the survivals, heroic effort of the law enforcers and investigators.

The Crime Book (Big Ideas)
Author: DK
Published at: 02/02/2021
ISBN: 0744028507

The pages of this book answer your questions about infamous criminals, their offenses, and the detectives who were hot on their heels.  This book captures the most notorious crimes from medieval times to the modern-day. With a foreword by British author Peter James, this book unravels the mysteries and idiocracies of transgressions by some of history's most infamous criminals. Whether pure evil, opportunistic, or disturbed, each criminal is profiled to make sense of their lawless behavior and antisocial actions. 

Crime stories, mysteries, and criminals 

Investigate intriguing crimes such as the Mississippi Scheme, the Ponzi scheme, the Black Dahlia, and more recent cybercrimes. The book also features enigmatic criminals such as Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, the Zodiac Killer, the Mafia, and more.

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration
Author: Miller, Reuben Jonathan
Published at: 02/02/2021
ISBN: 0316451517

Miller uses personal observations and some personal narratives of former inmates (FIs) to expose the systemic racism of recidivism paradigms and the day-to-day execution of probation on Blacks in the system. He has a detailed perspective that never veers into biased observations. Reality is biased enough. Probation is just an extension of the racism inherent in the criminal justice system. He offers no "cure" other than a plea for rational application of justice (good luck ever getting that). Opponents of CRT will hate this book. Those who understand that CRT is just a realistic acceptance of how things are in this nation will learn quite a bit. It is a fast-paced read by an author who is extremely passionate about his cause.

True Crime Case Histories - (Books 4, 5, & 6): 36 Disturbing True Crime Stories (3 Book True Crime Collection)
Author: Neal, Jason
Published at: 08/02/2021
ISBN: 195656635X

A quick word of warning. The true crime short stories within this three book collection are unimaginably gruesome. I start all of my True Crime books with a quick word of warning. Most news articles and television true crime shows skim over the vile details of truly horrible crimes. In my books I don’t gloss over the facts, regardless of how disgusting they may be. I try to give my readers a clear and accurate description on just how demented the killers really were. I do my best not to leave anything out. The stories included in these books are not for the squeamish.What you are about to read are Volumes 4, 5, and 6 of the True Crimes Case Histories Series. The stories in this collection will make you realize just how fragile the human mind can be.

Killer Triggers
Author: Joe Kenda
Published at: 09/03/2021
ISBN: 1982678356

The most common triggers for homicide are fear, rage, revenge, money, lust, and, more rarely, sheer madness. This isn't an exact science, of course. Any given murder can have multiple triggers. Sex and revenge seem to be common partners in crime. Rage, money, and revenge make for a dangerous trifecta of triggers, as well.

This book offers my memories of homicide cases that I investigated or oversaw. In each case, I examine the trigger that led to death. I chose this theme for the book because even though the why of a murder case may not be critical in an investigation, it can sometimes lead us to the killer.

And even if we solve a case without knowing the trigger, the why still intrigues us, disrupting our dreams and lingering in our minds, perhaps because each of us fears the demons that lie within our own psyche the triggers waiting to be pulled.

Criminology and Criminal Profiling for beginners: (crime scene forensics, serial killers and sects) (Criminology, Criminal Profiling, Serial Killers)
Author: E., Frank Paul
Published at: 25/02/2020
ISBN: 1654727237

Nowadays we hear very often about criminology, serial killers and heinous murders. We hear about them on the news, cinema, literature, video games; the serial murderer has now polarized a good part of the media expression. Who has never heard of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, or Dexter Morgan? And who has never seen an episode of CSI? But how much truth is there? How do serial killers act? How do they choose their victims? And why do they kill? Do investigation techniques really work as we see in TV shows?

These questions find their answers in this book, perfect for anyone who wants to approach the study of this discipline. The first six chapters deal with the origins of criminology, the analysis of the different categories of serial killers and the numerous investigation techniques used during the crime scene analysis. The remaining four chapters focus on the analysis of the phenomenon of satanic sects: the mental manipulation techniques used by sects, how they choose their victims and their influence on society and young people. Good reading!

Where Monsters Hide: Sex, Murder, and Madness in the Midwest
Author: Phelps, M. William
Published at: 25/02/2020

In October 2014, local Michigan police chief Laura Frizzo faced a perplexing missing-person case. It was not like Chris Regan, a devoted father and dependable employee, to take off without explanation. When Frizzo learned Chris was having an affair with Kelly Cochran, a married co-worker, suspicion fell on Kelly’s hulking husband, Jason. Soon after that the Cochrans abruptly moved to Indiana. Sixteen months later, Jason Cochran died from a drug overdose. Friends and family rallied around the grieving Kelly. But when the coroner ruled Jason’s death a homicide, no one reacted more bizarrely than his widow. Detectives tried to put Kelly’s past into focus. But the horrific truth was hidden under a near-perfect patchwork of lies. Veteran investigative journalist M. William Phelps expertly reveals Kelly Cochran’s staggering saga of murder, revenge, and payback.

Criminology: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself
Author: Joyce, Peter
Published at: 14/07/2020
ISBN: 1529397979

Chapters include: What is crime? How do we measure crime? Why do people commit crime? How can we prevent crime? How is crime detected? Serial killers; The crimes of the powerful; Political crime; Organized crime; Why do we punish criminals? What is the criminal justice system? The police; The courts; Trial procedure; Prisons; Youth crime; Punishment in the community; The criminal justice system - is it fair? Victimology; Studying Criminology.

The Complete Introduction series from Teach Yourself is the ultimate one-stop guide for anyone wanting a comprehensive and accessible entry point into subjects as diverse as philosophy, mathematics, psychology, Shakespeare and economics. Loved by students and perfect for general readers who simply want to learn more about the world around them, these books are your first choice for discovering something new.

Introduction to Criminology: Why Do They Do It?
Author: Schram, Pamela J.
Published at: 10/02/2020
ISBN: 1544375735

Introduction to Criminology: Why Do They Do It? offers a contemporary and integrated discussion of key criminological theories to help students understand crime in the 21st century. Focusing on why offenders commit crimes, authors Pamela J. Schram and Stephen G. Tibbetts apply established theories to real-life examples to explain criminal behaviour. Coverage of violent and property crimes is included throughout theory chapters so that students can clearly understand the application of theory to criminal behaviour. 

Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Author: Bachman, Ronet D.
Published at: 06/02/2020
ISBN: 1544374054

Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice introduces students to the multifaceted subject of research methods and shows them why research is important in the field. This brief version of Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt’s best-selling The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice simplifies complex concepts with real-world research examples found in everyday experiences in the criminology and criminal justice professions. The thoroughly revised Fifth Edition retains its celebrated strengths while breaking new ground with coverage of recently popular research methods and contemporary research findings.

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Author: Bachman, Ronet D.
Published at: 29/01/2019
ISBN: 1544339127

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Seventh Edition demonstrates the vital role research plays in criminology and criminal justice by integrating in-depth, real-world case studies with a comprehensive discussion of research methods. By pairing research techniques with practical examples from the field, Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt equip students to critically evaluate and confidently conduct research.


The Seventh Edition of this best-selling text retains the strengths of previous editions while breaking ground with emergent research methods, enhanced tools for learning in the text and online, and contemporary, fascinating research findings. This edition incorporates new topics like intelligence-led policing, social network analysis (SNA), the evolution of cybercrime, and more. Students engage with the wide realm of research methods available to them, delve deeper into topics relevant to their field of study, and benefit from the wide variety of new exercises to help them practice as they learn.

Introduction to Criminology: A Text/Reader (SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology and Criminal Justice)
Author: Anthony Walsh,Craig T. Hemmens
Published at: 19/02/2018
ISBN: 150639924X

Introduction to Criminology provides you an outstanding introduction to the study of criminology. It is easy to read and full of information about crime and criminology.

Anthony Walsh and Craig Hemmens have presented a very good insight into the classic and contemporary research in criminology in this book. It covers a lot of theories and in-depth concepts on various aspects of crime in our society. 

This book covers the following criminology topics:

  • Overview of crime and criminology
  • Measuring crime and criminal behavior
  • Social and psychological theories of crime
  • Different kinds of crimes
  • Exploring the victimization experience and many more

Criminology (Justice Series) (5th Edition)
Author: Frank Schmalleger
Published at: 06/04/2019
ISBN: 0135186250

Criminology is a study of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. If you are looking for a career in criminology then Criminology (Justice Series) (3rd Edition) will be a big help for you. This Criminology book is the third edition of the book Criminology by Frank Schmalleger.

This book provides a clear and concise direction on criminology. It also has eye-catching illustrations and visuals. This is the best Criminology book which is considered an alternative to text-book by students. It focuses on the main concepts with up to the point information which gives you ease when you are reading about criminology.

Criminal and crimes are part of our society. When there is a gap between your social value and social responsibility, crime happens. By reading this book students will the connection between crime theories and policies. This is strongly recommended for all the students dreaming to know criminology.

True Crime Stories: 3 True Crime Books Collection (True Crime Novels Anthology)
Author: Jack Rosewood,Rebecca Lo
Published at: 20/08/2017

True Crime Stories is a collection of 3 books written by Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo. This true crime anthology has 36 shocking true crime murder cases with some of them yet to be solved. Murder stories are both interesting and horrifying.

But they often leave a trace that you can be careful and think about in your regular life. By reading these books about true murder stories you will experience the horror of the victims, the wicked mentality of the murderers, the reasons behind the murders and how the murderers get caught. You will know about the investigators who dealt with each case and find a clue about how they solved it.

You will have a glimpse of the circumstances the victim were at that moment. You will know about the most terrifying killers of modern history. You can find the connection between multiple murders, how the proof disappeared, a dense fog between the case and reality, how the cases are solved by excellent police work and available technologies and many more important things.

You will be unable to stop reading these amazing books once you get deep into the stories. You can also learn the lessons and take precautions about the possible things that could happen with you if you ever fall into a crime scene. Overall these books will provide you a completely unusual experience of crime, criminals, and justice.

Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior
Author: Frank E. Hagan,Leah E. Daigle
Published at: 22/01/2019
ISBN: 1544358458

If you want to learn about sociological theories about criminal behavior then Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior will be a great option for you to choose. Written by active researcher Frank E. Hagan this book is very informative and detailed.

It is very well written and provides insights on real criminals in the world. The author has covered almost all the core topics of criminology and discussed them with an awesome writing style that will be helpful for any kind of people starting to learn criminology or take online classes.

Some key topics of this Criminology book:

  • Introduction to criminology
  • Research methods, criminal and crime characteristics
  • Biological, Psychological and Social theories for criminology
  • Crime typologies
  • Violent crime, Occasional, Conventional and Professional Crime
  • White-collar crime
  • Cyber-crime and the future of crime
  • Key concepts, review questions and exercises on each chapter and many more

The Case Of The Golden State Killer: Based On The Podcast With Additional Commentary, Photographs And Documents (Criminology Podcast Season Two)
Author: Michael Morford,Michael Ferguson
Published at: 02/10/2018
ISBN: 194729055X

The Case of The Golden State Killer is based on the true events, photographs, documents and podcasts of a serial killer and rapist who had terrorized different cities of USA in the mid-'90s.

He put his first mark on Sacramento County in California in 1976. He used to wear a mask to hide his identity. He then continued his massacre on to other areas in Northern California, and then onward to Southern California murdering one after another.

He was known as East Area Rapist in Northern California and The Original Night Stalker on the southern side. He is finally known as the Golden State Killer, with the accuse of killing 12 peoples, more than 50 rapes and 100 of home break-ins. In this book, you will know all about the Golden State Killer.

You will also know about the investigators who hunted him, the eye-witnesses and the survivors who somehow survived this horrific crime. This book is very well written with actual case information and interviews. Grab this book and know about one of the most dangerous criminals. 

Criminology: Theories, Patterns and Typologies
Author: Larry J. Siegel
Published at: 01/01/2017
ISBN: 1337091847

Criminology: Theories, Patterns, and Typologies is an in-depth analysis of crime types and criminology. This comprehensive Criminology book will give you an overview of how crime and justice are related, how crime happens and how a criminal thinks.

Renowned writer Larry J. Siegel has presented his own research and also new references on various crimes. He also presented some of the dangerous terrorist organizations like ISIL. He has provided insights on all possible crimes that are happening every day.

Cyber-crime, mass shootings, corporate crime, tax crime, social and psychological crime, etc. all are discussed with particular reasons and ways of prevention. You will learn a lot of new things about the crime after reading this book.

What you will learn:

  • An in-depth discussion on crime and criminology
  • Crime & Law
  • The extent of crime (Sources of crime data)
  • Crime trends and patterns
  • Victims and victimization
  • Theories of crime causation
  • Rational, Trait and Social Theories
  • Crime Typologies and many more.

Criminology: A Sociological Approach
Author: Piers Beirne,James W. Messerschmidt
Published at: 10/09/2014
ISBN: 0199334641

Criminology: A Sociological Approach is a comprehensive guide for undergraduate courses in criminology. Authors Piers Beirne and James W. Messerschmidt have presented the sociological approach to know crimes that are happening in our society day today. Men are social beings.

There will be many cases where society is somehow responsible for the crime. The authors have analyzed these reasons and presented in this book. They also showed how crime relates to gender, class race, and age.

This book will give a strong foundation to the students about criminology. They will know the typologies of crime, the condition, and fate of the criminals and the horrific experience of the victims.

Some topics of this book:

  • Sociological definition of crime
  • Measurement of crime and criminal law
  • Criminology theories
  • The emergence of sociological criminology
  • Types of crimes (Interpersonal, Property, Public-order, Syndicated, White-collar, etc.)
  • Inequality, crime, and victimization.

Criminology: The Core
Author: Siegel, Larry J.
Published at: 01/01/2018
ISBN: 1337557714

Concise, current and affordable, CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, 7th Edition, delivers cutting-edge coverage in an easy-reading paperback. Author Larry Siegel guides you through the fast-paced field of Criminology, its most current research and fascinating examples that help you understand the criminological theory. Details on the crimes of real-life people illustrate concepts, and unbiased coverage of even the most controversial issues enables you to form your own opinions. You'll get the latest insights into political crime; terrorism (e.g. ISIS); white-collar, blue-collar and green-collar crime; cybercrime; transnational crime (e.g. human trafficking) and many other topics. And features such as "Thinking Like a Criminologist" role-plays and "Connections" to the big picture help you do your best in the course.

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