Do you love a good whodunit? Join others who have a similar interest in true crime at our book club! Each month we will read and discuss a true crime, non-fiction title from the library's collection. Meetings are scheduled for the 1st Sunday of the Month at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Tower Road Branch Library.
Book club copies of the current title will be available for checkout at the Tower Road Branch Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. To confirm availability, please call 352-333-2840 or email Sabrina. We will also try to make copies available in eBook/eAudiobook formats on Libby whenever possible.
Death Sentence: The Inside Story of the John List Murders by Joe Sharkey
Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. | Tower Road Branch - Meeting Room
"Until 1971, life was good for mild-mannered accountant John List. He was vice president of a Jersey City bank and had moved his mother, wife, and three teenage children into a nineteen-room home in Westfield, New Jersey. But all that changed when he lost his job. Raised by his Lutheran father to believe success meant being a good provider, List saw himself as an utter failure. Straining under financial burdens, the stress of hiding his unemployment, as well as the fear that the free-spirited 1970s would corrupt the souls of his children, List came to a shattering conclusion.
“It was my belief that if you kill yourself, you won’t go to heaven,” List told Connie Chung in a television interview. “So eventually I got to the point where I felt that I could kill them. Hopefully they would go to heaven, and then maybe I would have a chance to later confess my sins to God and get forgiveness.”
List methodically shot his entire family in their home, managing to conceal the deaths for weeks with a carefully orchestrated plan of deception. Then he vanished and started over as Robert P. Clark. Chronicling List’s life before and after the grisly crime, Death Sentence exposes the truth about the accountant-turned-killer, including his revealing letter to his pastor, his years as a fugitive with a new name—and a new wife—his eventual arrest, and the details of his high-profile trial." (Amazon)
April 7 - Behold the Monster by Jillian Lauren
May 5 - Too Pretty to Live by Dennis Brooks
June 2 - Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham
Interested in other book clubs? The Alachua County Library District has several. You can find more information on our Book Clubs page.