There is little in this book of comfort to the public. This is a catalogue of suspected or known serial killings across the world and suggests that such cases are reaching epidemic proportions, particularly in the US and South Africa; it certainly indicates that stranger murders are steadily increasing around the globe. The only "consolation" to the majority is that it mainly involves drug-addicted prostitutes - of course, this makes it no less frightening and horrifying. A compelling, though unpleasant read, it will likely shock the reader by the sheer volume of cases past and present, many still unsolved and being added to daily. Many of the cases are little known about outside their home country - some of which remain in a state of denial. Quite a few of these cases make 'Jack the Ripper' seem fairly tame in comparison.
Not recommended for night-time reading by women and children - or at all, really!
NB: The copy I have reviewed was published in 2002 and contains 2001 updates. Since its publication, several of the high profile murders featured in the book have been solved. Amazingly, shortly after the book was updated and before it was republished, 'The Green River Killer' was caught; he was convicted in 2003, after admitting all charges. In 2011, 'The Lisbon Ripper' was caught and also proved to be responsible for the murders in the US that the 'Ripper' had long been associated with. Conversely, the 'Bible John' case remains unsolved, despite the books' update implying the contrary - the suspect in question could not be clearly linked; Peter Tobin remains the most likely suspect. There has been progress in a number of other cases, too. Still a very worthwhile read, though, for those interested in true crime.