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Criminal Conversations: An Anthology of the Work of Tony Parker [Paperback]

Keith Soothill
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18 Feb 1999 0415197406 978-0415197403
This anthology, selected by Tony Parker shortly before his death in 1996, provides the very essence of his quite distinctive contribution to criminology. In it he speaks intimately to all kinds of people including offenders, inadequates, professional criminals, sex offenders, frauds and false pretence merchants and prisoners on death row. Lyn Smith concludes with some reflections on his methodology.
This collection celebrates an outstanding body of work and provides a fascinating insight into the criminal mind and experience. It will be compelling reading not only for those studying criminology, probation or prison studies, but also for the interested general reader.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415197406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415197403
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Parker - The most outstanding interviewer of criminals
This collection of work, chosen by Tony Parker shortly before his death, provides the very essence of his quite distinctive contribution to criminology. In this book, Tony Parker speaks intimately with all kinds of offenders - inadquates, professional criminals, sex offenders, fraudsters and false pretence merchants. It also includes interviews with prisoners on death row. Lyn Smith concludes with some reflections on Tony Parker's methodology.

This collection celebrates Parker's outstanding body of work and provides a fascinating insight into the criminal mind and experience.


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5.0 out of 5 stars In their shoes 5 Jun 2009
By RAH
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Tony Parker was uniquely gifted as an interviewer; his only rivals in the field are Studs Terkel and Mary Loudon, boith of whom are warmly recommended. Parker's special gift was a capacity to put himself in the other man's (or woman's) shoes, listening but never judging, reporting but never evaluating. This fascinating anthology will give the reader an insight into the criminal mind - usually a closed book to most of us. Brilliantly illuminating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enough already! 20 Oct 2013
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Unlike earlier reviewers I found this book somewhat tedious in its content, and profoundly depressing in its failure to achieve any discernible progress in what must have been its main hope and purpose: a reduction in recidivism. To be fair to Tony Parker, who was not a bad writer, this failure is shared by the entire sociology, penology and criminology professions.
And, as I've remarked in a previous comment, so far from making it un-putdownable, most of the interviews in the collection simply show that truth can indeed be less strange, and a good deal less exciting, than fiction.

D.L.W.
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A brilliantly written book consisting of very different chapters which cover almost every part of the criminal mind. Engaging and intriguing, it leaves you wondering what the next page will hold and is impossible to put down! Reminding yourself of the fact that the tales are actually true is an awakening jolt back to reality which makes you question whether the present Criminal Justice System is failing the cases outlined.
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