The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
For more works of narrative journalism and strange crimes, try these:
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper for a thoughtful exploration of the uneasy relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
Iphigenia in Forest Hills by Janet Malcolm for a masterclass by one of the most intellectually and morally precise writers around.
Night Games by Anna Krien for an explosive examination of sex, power and sport, focusing on a rape trial that divided fans and feminists.
Last Bets by Michaela McGuire for a casino manslaughter trial and an examination of gambling and the gap between morals and the law.