Early on this year, in a fit of either productivity or self-improvement, I decided I’d aim to read 50 books before the end of 2017. I was most likely inspired to do it because I knew I already had a healthy head start; in January I’d already managed to read seven. As the year went on, I noticed a defined inverse relationship between the weather getting nicer and the book totals barely budging. So this week’s two editions of Blotter will both focus on good reads to inspire me to hit the magic, arbitrary number (13 more to go). Some are books, some are book-adjacent, some are long form articles (both old and new). All are better than refreshing Twitter.

Or, you can get excited about the many true crime books coming soon:

  • Read a free excerpt of a forthcoming professional memoir by Dt. Joe Kenda, of Homicide Hunter fame called I Will Find You.
  • Sophie Hannah’s new book, Keep Her Safe, is a novel but centers on the idea of a woman’s obsession with a case that sounds a lot like Madeline McCann’s.
  • When the Devil Comes to Town tells the story of the hundred year-old “Man from the Train” serial killer. And it involves an axe. A lot of axes.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back on Tuesday with more reading recs!

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