True Crime Tales

Book picks from the experts at the St. Louis Park Library.

Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper
By William Swanson

In July 1972, two masked men waving guns abducted 49-year-old Virginia Piper from her lakeside home in Orono, Minnesota. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, Ginny was found chained to a tree. The couple lived through a media firestorm. Drawing on government documents, interviews with family, investigators, suspects and lawyers, Swanson presents a comprehensive account of the kidnapping.

A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad
By Del Quentin Wilber

In suburban Washington, D.C. Wilber begins shadowing a homicide unit in Prince George’s County, Maryland. All is quiet for months. Suddenly, every detective is working to solve one shooting and stabbing after another. The unit is handed a high-profile case involving a 17-year-old honor student murdered in her bed. This book shows what it takes to succeed at this extraordinary profession. —Lisa Kjellander, librarian, St. Louis Park Library