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Publisher's Summary

Based off Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala's popular podcast of the same name, RedHanded explores real-life true-crime cases to help answer once and for all if a killer is born or made.

Features an audiobook exclusive interview: Suruthi and Hannah interview award-winning author Denise Mina on the "the less dead", equality and bigotry in crime, the justice system, and the media.

After meeting at a house party in London, where they discovered a mutual obsession for all things true crime, Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire drunkenly promised to one day start their own murder podcast. Six weeks later, they ordered their first microphones, and the rest is history. From the hosts of the hit podcast RedHanded (dubbed by Anna Paquin as her “all-time favorite true-crime podcast”), Bala and Maguire have amassed a cult following of “spooky bitches”.

What is it about killers, cults, and cannibals that capture our imaginations even as they terrify and disturb us? Do we find these stories endlessly and equally compelling and frightening because they hold up a mirror to society’s failings and to the horrors that we humans are capable of? RedHanded rejects the outdated narrative of killers as monsters and that a victim “was just in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Instead, it dissects the stories of killers in a way that challenges perceptions and asks the hard questions about society, gender, poverty, culture, and even our politics.

With their trademark humor, research on real-life cases, and unflinching analysis of what makes a criminal, Bala and Maguire take you through what drives the most extreme of human behavior to find out once and for all: What makes a killer tick.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire (P)2021 Running Press Adult

Critic Reviews

“As a true-crime fanatic, I can say without hesitation that Hannah and Suruthi are my all-time favorite podcasters of the genre. The ladies kindly let me have a sneak peak of their book and I’m so excited for the rest of the world to have the opportunity to read their brilliant words.” (Anna Paquin)

"Laugh-out-loud yet wildly informative." (Refinery29)

“Hannah and Suruthi will inspire you to plunder the crevasse that is Reddit and remind you that even locking your doors might not be enough to save you.” (Vulture)

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Not much new if you listen to the podcast

I just found the Redhanded podcast a month or so ago and have binged literally all 200+ episodes of it in that time. And it's maybe (probably) because I've listened to them all so recently that I feel like there's not much new in this book. There were so many mentions of "saving that for the book" in the podcast that I thought there would be new cases talked about, but they had already done most of the cases in the book in the podcast. I saw another review that said this would be a good book for someone new to true crime and I agree - but most people who have been into it for years won't find much new here. Still, I'm proud of the girls for publishing a book and I wish them continued success.

Also there is an interview at the end of the book with a fiction writer and it is cringe. It could've used a good bit of editing - way too many "oh yeah" and "uh huh" by Hannah and Suruthi, like they were trying to make sure they were heard without adding anything. I'm guessing it was a last-minute add since they had to chop the other interview?

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Deeply investigated, full of light

I am a big fan of the Redhanded podcast but generally I am not a fan of audiobooks. The cadence of reading usually forms white noise in my head and I lose track of what people are saying. But that wasn’t the case here. These women bring the same energy to reading the book as they do to the podcast. It was a joy to listen to, if you can say that about serial killers. Well, I did.

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Great overview of true crime

If you want to learn about the factors that go into making a criminal, prosecuting cases, and getting justice for victims, but don't want to be bogged down with dry data, this is the audiobook for you. It's not a deep dive analysis that requires you to already be a true crime aficionado, and presents the information in a very listener-friendly way. I watch true crime shows and listen to true crime podcasts, but this book highlighted some criminal cases that I had never heard of. Being podcasters, Suruthi and Hannah are naturally great narrators as well. Highly recommend.

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Brilliant!!!

Debunking the serial killer myths in depth. It is a great balance of fact and humor.

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Superb

Outstanding research, writing, performance, and... snark.
As in their podcast by the same name, Suruthi and Hannah (if I may) please any true crime lover whilst contextualizing the narrative within its sociopolitical and psychological framework.
I was especially impressed by their analysis of the fetishization of the white, male, straight serial killer as well as the "less dead'" victims' invisibility as symptoms of systemic racism.

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Incredibly well written book!!

As a long time listener of their podcast, I was excited to dive into this audio book!! And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint! It was very well researched, their accents made it such an easy listen, the witty humor sprinkled throughout…over all just fantastic. Well done, ladies!!

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Absolutely loved it!

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Very well researched, very interesting

I've been a fan of the Redhanded podcast for a long time and this book was everything I hoped it would be. It's so well researched and full of interesting information. I learned a lot!

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Redhanded perfection!!

Redhanded may be the first book I ever finished and just immediately started reading again (although technically I was listening to it). Regardless of the fact that I LOVE the Redhanded girls Suruthi and Hannah and I could listen to their podcast endlessly, the book was phenomenal in and of itself. It was so packed full of information that I couldn't soak it up enough. It was so well researched and thorough! And yet there was still little infusions of the podcasters wit, sarcasm, and charm. It was almost like a guide book that goes with their wonderful podcasts. They are always so conscientiousness of the *reasons* behind atrocious acts- they are fair and so well-versed in true crime and attack it with a passion that is just touched with humor and their unique styles. I recommend this book to anyone else obsessed with true crime!! And definitely start listening to their podcast if you don't already!

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Wow!!!

Chilling but thoughtful and excellently researched by two brilliant, funny podcasters. Dying to find their podcast now. The bonus interview with Denise Mina is wonderful. Finished in almost one sitting.