Every week writers for the Village Voice and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing–a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Anthology from Village Voice Media. Available on Amazon and iTunes, the book features seven stories, including the incredible tale of a young American Muslim woman “honor-killed” by her own father; the odd story of a young San Francisco woman so enamored of serial killers that she became known as America’s most prominent “murder groupie”; and a historic murder case in Colorado in which the golden age of tabloid journalism collided with Erle Stanley Gardner, the larger-than-life creator of the Perry Mason mysteries.
The book’s already drawing praise from crime-writing pros. “If you thought that short true-crime stories died with pulp magazines like Headline Detective or Police Files, you might be surprised to learn that they live on in the pages of big-city alternative weeklies,” wrote Carroll Lachnit, the author of four murder mysteries, including Murder in Brief and Janie’s Law. “Village Voice Media’s collection of such stories from its publications is a dark tour of American society.” Michael A. Kahn, the attorney and award-winning author of Trophy Widow and other legal thrillers, is also a fan. “Those who write about true crime must face the challenge that truth is often stranger than fiction–and messier and emptier and less coherent,” noted Kahn. “All of which makes this collection the more remarkable. These Village Voice Media journalists have confronted the challenges head-on and produced a compelling yet chilling set of true-crime stories that would make Raymond Chandler proud.”