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  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing; New Edition edition (23 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904034535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904034537
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Christopher Berry-Dean is a world-renowned investigative criminologist, and the editor of The New Criminologist magazine. He does not shy from visiting prisons to interview some of the most disturbed murderers who are behind bars - gaining their trust and delving into the depths of their minds.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Getting On A Bit on 26 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This has to be one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. I expected it to be fascinating. I suspect it hadn't even been proof-read before publication. So many "facts" were at odds with each other, key dates changing from sentence to sentence. Don't bother with it!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I began reading this book with the notion in my head that it would provide me with an insight into a serial killers mind. The first section starts off brightly and does a good job at getting you interested in the way the book will eventually pan out. However, as I progressed I found that the title was more than a little misleading and that the first section by far and away was the best. The problem with the book is that all in all there is very little conversation with the men and women that the book is based on. The author states that he has had numerous correspondance with the subjects, sadly we see very little of this and only brief statements from the 'extensive' interviews carried out. By all means the book is brought together well and does display in great detail the lengths that these people have gone to in order to continue the killing. This though is pieced together by police records and not from the mouth of the convicts as I would have expected.
The author i have no doubts is extremely talented but I feel that the book let me down as much as I bought a bmw only to find the interior and engine of a cortina.
All in all the book is readable and is worth a look at, as long as you undersatnd it is merely 'a chat with serial killers' and not what you might expect.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ChainsawKiller on 27 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Although sometimes there are one or two facts here and there the writer seems more interesting in telling us how he solved this and that by having such an amazing insight in to these psychos minds. Information is given here and there about things but with no explanations after. At times it is badly written and certainly isnt Talking with Serial Killers. Should be called brief sentences if conversations with serial killers. You would be better off reading info of wikipedia. It would be more reliable and informative. At times interesting, other times exploitative and other times just boring and hard keep up with. Took me weeks to finish I got so bored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david quinn on 10 July 2011
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this is an excellent little book if like me you are into reading about depraved individuals

The book is quick to the point and gives you a little background on the killers and their upbringings before he finally reveals what he shared with them in the interviews.

As other reviewers have said around 80% of this book is dedicated to telling you about the crimes of the killers other than when he is actually talking to them, unfortunately it is neccessary to do so as im sure there are people out there who really wouldnt know who they are, as to be honest its mostly the lesser known serial killers he interviews. But what is said is very intriguing never the less.

On the whole a very good book and reccomended to all serial killer 'fans' out there

I also highly reccomend the book 'in the minds of murderers' by Paul roland
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Gilbert on 8 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Whilst each case is a unique interesting one, there are way too many facts and nowhere near enough about the interviews. It also gets less and less interesting as the book goes on but still a good read.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "belialofhades" on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book should be called ' Why talk to serial killers when you know everything already?' as Mr. Barry-Dee seems to think that we are far more interested in what he has to say anyway. Though he has, apparently, had a great deal of interaction with the people he discusses you would be forgiven for doubting that as he only ever includes a few words from them at the end. It is overly sensational, describing one man as 'a monster in every sense of the word'. I don't see how this can be the case, as one sense of the word is 'a mythological creature' which seems ludicrous unless we all had a mass hallucintion that this man exists. As someone who is studying to (hopefully) become a forensic psychologist, I find books like this one abhorrent as they merely serve to enhance the idea that these people are a different breed to the rest of us, which I find rediculous and not very helpful to those who wish to understand these people better. In addition to this, having read about some of the cases before, I find some of his inferences laughable. This is a man who clearly has his own agenda (pro death penalty, in my opinion). The fact that he takes pains to prove that Henry Lee Lucas is a 'liar' because he contradicts himself seems to suggest that he has little real appreciation of insanity as he judges him on far too rational terms. If you want to learn about this subject, I would suggest 'Guilty by Reason of Insanity by D. Otnow or any of the wonderfully sensative and unsensational accounts of crime wriiten by Brian Masters. Read this is you want to get all the gory details with no genuine thought attatched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Blackman on 29 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Awful stuff. Actual conversations between author and killer is confined to a few pages per chapter, at best. Just re-tells the stories of their killing days and a bit about their childhoods. Almost nothing new, novel, or insightful at all...just "he did this, then he did that...". Might as well look at the killers' wiki pages. A total waste of time. If you want an author who really gets under the skin of killers, buy the Brian Masters' Dahmer and Neilson books. This is amateur money making pap - avoid.
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