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Harold Schechter

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Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture at Queens College, the City University of New York. He is widely celebrated for both fiction and true-crime writing, including The Devil's Gentleman and The Serial Killer Files. He lives in Brooklyn and Mattituck, Long Island, with his wife, the poet Kimiko Hahn.

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Conversation Pieces
Poems That Talk to Other Poems
Edited by Kurt Brown and Harold Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $12.50

This utterly delightful anthology gathers poetic responses to other poems in a dialogue conducted across space and time.

To write a poem is to become part of a Great Conversation with one's literary predecessors, but the poems in this anthology are a special breed: they may be replies, reproofs, updatings, acts... Read more >

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The Devil's Gentleman
Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $18.00

From renowned true-crime historian Harold Schechter comes the riveting exploration of a notorious New York City murder in the 1890s, the fascinating forensic science of an earlier time, and the grisly court case that became a tabloid spectacle.

The wayward son of a revered Civil War general, Roland Molineux enjoyed good looks... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Devil's Gentleman
Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Killer Verse
Poems of Murder and Mayhem
Edited by Harold Schechter and Kurt Brown


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $13.50

Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine-tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder.

The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men. The literary forms... Read more >

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Psycho USA
Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $20.00

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Also available as an eBook.

Psycho USA
Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Serial Killer Files
The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $22.00

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Also available as an eBook.

The Serial Killer Files
The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

The Whole Death Catalog
A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: eBook
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Whole Death Catalog
A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
Written by Harold Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $18.00

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Also available as an eBook.
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