Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell, a true story of murder on a South Seas island that became a highly-rated television miniseries, and Fatal North: Murder and Survival on the First North Pole Expedition, winner of a national book award. He lives in Menlo Park, California. Find Bruce on the web at:, on Twitter at @BHendersonBooks, and Facebook as AuthorBruceHenderson.

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Ghetto Cops

"A personalized account of...riding in a black-and-white in a high-crime area…There’s always something happening—always somebody with a story to tell." (Los Angeles Times)
In 1974, Compton, California, had the highest per capita crime rate in the nation. That didn’t stop #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Bruce Henderson, then a young, idealistic newspaper reporter, from spending the summer riding with the Compton police. His journalistic accounts of the day-to-day activities he witnessed is not mild—retelling dramatic, violent, and at times humorous incidents.
Featuring illuminating pictures from award-winning photographer Phil Nelson, Henderson unmasks the city and its cops and to reveal a side of street crime most never see.
"They bust a lot of ass in Compton. It’s a tough city that is a virtual powder keg…For the police, the streets are a battlefield and working on any shift is like going to war." —Los Angeles Free Press
"You don’t put down GHETTO COPS once you pick it up. Bruce Henderson puts flesh and blood on policemen with all the drama of fiction, yet this is a true story and thus carries a special realness." —Livermore (CA) Independent

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Trace Evidence

"A masterful job…Lusciously detailed and immensely readable, this is true-crime writing at close to top form." —Booklist
For ten years, the California Interstate 5 highway was haunted by a dangerous serial killer. Incredibly skilled at staying ahead of the investigators as the bodies started to pile up, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the culprit with murder even once he’d been identified. Instead, they had to build a first-degree murder case in a few months while the killer was locked up on an assault conviction. Key to this was a cast of four: Vito Bertocchini, the burly ex–street cop who took the killing of a beautiful young woman personally; Kay Maulsby, the rookie homicide detective who helped unmask the killer; Ray Biondi, who fought severe budget cuts that threatened to derail the investigation; and criminalist Faye Springer, who attempted to tie the suspect to his victims through subtle but persuasive microscopic evidence.
Drawing on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with these investigators, as well as other important figures such as the killer’s reclusive wife, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Bruce Henderson builds a fascinating portrait of this unrepentant murderer.
"Trace Evidence is a gripping, fast-paced account of what it takes to capture and make a winnable case against an elusive serial killer." —Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter
"A solid, compelling account of that most vicious of criminals, the random serial killer." (Library Journal)

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Fatal North

"The chilling story of how the first U.S. expedition to the North Pole went terribly wrong, Fatal North will fascinate both history buffs and true-crime devotees." (Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter)
The Polaris expedition was an attempt sponsored by the United States government, intended to be the first to reach the North Pole. By its end, Captain Charles Hall was dead under suspicious circumstances, dissension was rampant among the crew, the ship had sank, and thirty-three men, women, and children were struggling to survive while stranded on the polar ice for six months.
News of the disastrous expedition and accusations of murder lead to a national scandal, an official investigation, and a government cover-up. The true cause of the captain’s death remained unknown for nearly 100 years, until Charles Hall’s grave was found by a search party and opened.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Bruce Henderson combines the transcripts of the U.S. Navy’s original inquest, the personal papers of Captain Hall, as well as his autopsy and forensic reports relating to his death, the ship’s log, and personal journals of the crew to tell the complete story of this mysterious tragedy of American exploration for the first time.
"Rewardingly suspenseful…Rousing sea adventure." —Seattle Weekly
"A factual historical mystery written by a gifted storyteller." —Library Journal
"The story is nothing short of incredible." —Baton Rouge Advocate

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