Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner https://amzn.to/3hAOnPa is the book that made economics sexy and spawned a whole industry of freakonomics radio podcasts and other books – the podcasts are free and well worth listening too. Unlike some series/themes/authors their next books are also worth reading and I highly recommend Super-Freakonomics and Think Like a Freak: Secrets of the Rogue Economist.
Stories I particularly like from the books are the getting hold of the drug dealers records story and the beating the exam cheats story but there are many more. The books are lighthearted easy reads, this isnt deep mathematics or statistics. Definitely on the popular science side but very enjoyable for it.