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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340992484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340992487
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Carter Woodrow has a PhD in criminology from Cambridge University where she conducted extensive research over a number of years on offenders in prison and in the community. She is also a crime author, scriptwriter and consultant for television.

Jane's new book "Between Two Worlds - a Detective Hoban novel" is available in January 2015 at www.amazon.co.uk/dp//B00SJPZ3AA. Of the central character, Jane says,

'I came across Detective Chief Superintendent Dennis Hoban while researching my first book "After Evil", the story of a teenage boy whose mother was murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper. Detective Chief Superintendent Hoban had led the Ripper case for a while, and the more I found out about this iconic maverick, the more I wanted to know. Sharply dressed Hoban was highly inventive in his methods of bringing criminals to book, and may well have caught the Ripper had he lived long enough. Alongside this, Hoban not only had compassion for the victims of crime but also for the families of the criminals that he put away. However, while his humanity was as remarkable as his policing record, this came at a cost...'

This murder mystery is set in the 1960s and exposes a dark underbelly of Leeds that few are aware of even today. But when the body of an unidentified girl in strange clothing is discovered and another young woman goes missing, Hoban is hell bent on exploring this perilous netherworld to get at the truth.

Further details about Jane Carter Woodrow can be found on her website janewoodrow.co.uk/ and at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0991205/

The Dennis Hoban trophy is awarded to the best detective in West Yorkshire each year.

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If you read any book this year, you must read this one. (Alma Cullen, Scriptwriter, TV's Inspector Morse)

Unsparing, shocking, beautifully told story of a young boy who woke up to a nightmare. (Norman Hull, AVP Films)

Insightful, revealing and detailed, AFTER EVIL is a warm and human portrait of the collateral damage inflicted on a whole family hit by a serial killer. And it is ultimately a moving story of survival and how, against all odds, it is possible to go beyond tragedy. (Andrea Michell, Bravura Films)

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Jane Carter Woodrow goes right back to the start of the infamous serial killer Rose West's life, to try and piece together what happened to turn her into the violent monster she became.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2011
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I remember the media coverage of this horrific case at the time and I felt it was time to read a book about it more than a decade later to see how I felt after all this time. If anything it had more effect on me now than it did at the time. I found this book interesting because it showed how Rose's childhood possibly contributed to her later career as a serial killer.

Abuse in childhood has a huge effect on adult lives though not everyone who is abused as a child becomes a sadistic killer as Rose and Fred West did. Both had similar childhoods with physical and sexual abuse from parents - in Rose's case from her father and in Fred's case from his mother. But in spite of similar childhoods not all their siblings turned out in the same way and their children have not gone on to repeat their destructive lives. I was interested to learn that Fred West was not the father of all Rose's children.

As the book frequently says Rose had no boundaries and she did what was necessary to get what she wanted - not apparently seeing anything wrong in killing to get rid of inconvenient people. Maybe if she had made a life with someone else she would not have gone on to kill but because she met Fred West who was also a sadistic psychopath they brought out the worst in each other.

This book is an interesting read though clearly not for the squeamish. The gruesome details are not dwelt upon unnecessarily but some sections of the book make unpleasant reading. I felt some of the writing was a little clunky and I found I had to read some sentences more than once to fully understand them. Apart from that I did think the book was an interesting insight into Rose West's early upbringing. There was no index in the edition I read but there is a short list of further reading and some illustrations which displayed well in the e-book edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert James on 6 Oct. 2011
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It is very hard to comment on books about subjects like this. The content itself is so shocking you're more compelled to talk about the story, rather than the book. Every book I have read about this case has wrung me out and left me to dry, due to the level of shock you feel when reading this story. The author here however has done something remarkable - I actually feel now that I understand (as much as anyone can). She delves into the past, which in my view is always relevant in cases like this, and to me gives a very good explanation as to why this woman turned out so unemotionally sadistic.
Reading the cases again, and some of the details of the offences are still repulsive but they are skimmed over here. Our fascination with the subject always wants more information and detail, but there's enough here to know what happened and have a suitable sense of revulsion.
The real shocker for me is the new evidence from an eyewitness. I read the passage over and over again, unable to take in the implications of it. It has left me now wanting to know so much more about that witness and what has come of their revelation.
This is definitely one of the better serial killer books out there, but for a fuller picture I would recommend reading Anne-Marie West's book to complement this. It's not well-written, but painfully and brutally honest.
I don't think anyone will ever match Rose West's depravity, and I hope no-one ever does. I also doubt she will ever tell us the truth, but there's enough here for us to know it and relax that she is in the right place.

My heart goes out to the remaining Wests and what they have endured and still have to endure, along with all the victim's families.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wright on 9 Feb. 2012
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Very well written book and completely riveting. This book leaves me in no doubt that Rosemary West was and is a completely vile human being but there are several claims made within the book that I have never heard before. What is the source and veracity of these claims?

These are namely:

1. Victims' fingers and toes being removed prior to death (a possibility but surely impossible to prove without an admission).

2. Bill Letts involvement in the murders (I know he was violent and a sexual abuser but again his involvement in the murders can't be anything but supposition).

3. Same again re. John West.

As I said I really enjoyed (if that's the right word) this book but to make the above claims without adequate proof borders on the sensationalist. If anyone can subsantiate the above claims then please feel free to reply.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gill on 29 July 2012
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Easy read, full of relevant information. Main point is to show how family dysfunction passes so smoothly between generations continually ruining millions of people. Every now and then this combines with brutal tendencies in certain individuals to take them above the ordinary level of ruined lives normally experienced in these all too common situations and into the super league of murderers.
Can't understand any criticisms of the book - who cares about a few typo's or literary imperfection - don't pick up a book about such an episode if you can't stomach gory details - on the other hand if you only want gory details and no analysis on root causes just stick to superficial coverage of the subject.
Great little study, everyone should be encouraged to read it.
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