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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; Reprint edition (19 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059304066X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593040669
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting... Everyone should read it" (Frances Fyfield Observer)

"Nothing short of sudden death will distract you from The Jigsaw Man... it's a triumph to be so interesting without a trace of sensationalism" (Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The ultimate true-crime story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on 21 July 2010
Format: Paperback
There has been much criticism I have read about Britton self glorifying his work; which I did notice quite often while reading as he does seem to leave out certain cases of which he had little success. However the book was a joy to read and I expect anyone who enjoys crime novels or has a interest in offender profiling to enjoy it as much as I did. Some parts are graphic but it gives a broad insight into the criminal mind. I do recommend this book to anyone with an interest in crime novels as it was a nice break from the fiction that I am used to. Some may not like Britton's style or how he decides to narrate certain cases, but over all I think most will enjoy this book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By FozzieBear on 22 Jun. 2009
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I read this book when it was released back in 1998 and absolutely devoured it. I was fascinated by offender profiling and the clues that it could provide detectives in solving serious crimes.

Let's cut to the chase - there is still some amazing cases in this book and it is still IMO well worth a read. It's still one of my all time favourite books. There can be no doubt though that Britton's involvement in the Rachel Nickell case leaves a sour taste, particularly because a) in the light of what we now know the mistakes made by police and by Britton himself are glaringly obvious and extremely sad to read and b) in an unfortunate circumstance the Green Chain rapes and the horrific murders of Samantha and Jazmine Bissett are also covered in this book. Again knowing what we now know about the links between the two cases it is hard to read.

That said I cannot agree with all the bandwaggon Paul Britton 'naysayers' that have sprung up on here since the verdict in the Nickell case. Mistakes were clearly made and Britton clearly has a share in the blame for those errors but does that immediately negate all the other cases he was involved with? Does it remove the credit for the murderers and rapists that he did help put behind bars? I consider myself fortunate that I can make my mistakes behind closed doors...

If you are fascinated by true crime and criminal profiling then don't miss reading the Jigsaw Man. It's a gripping book and you can then make your own mind up about Britton's methods. One small word of warning, there is some graphic detail in the book - you need to decide before you read if you can stomach these details and still sleep at night!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Jun. 2013
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It sounds strange to say that a book dealing with such an appalling subject can be a favourite read, but Paul Britton writes so well & in such an interesting way that it's become that to me. I owned this in paperback & have now replaced it in Kindle format. It's fascinating reading how Britton became involved in the field of forensic psychology as it first developed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Jun. 2004
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The Jigsaw Man is the biography of Paul Britton, which gives an amazing insight into his life and career as a psychologist/criminal psychologist. From cover to cover it keeps your interest. Anyone with an interest in psychology should read this book. Full credit to Paul Briton for writing such an interesting book.
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I am not a psychologist, but I find it telling that Paul Britton describes himself as Britain's "foremost" criminal psychologist. Readers could perhaps be forgiven for thinking he worked tirelessly, for no financial benefit whatsoever, providing offender profiles for the police. And nowhere in his book does he appear to get it wrong.

But unfortunately he did get it wrong, according to Mr. Justice Ognall. In the Colin Stagg case (see my review of Colin's book) he was accused of orchestrating a honey-trap sting operation to entrap a suspect.

According to Paul Britton however, at no time had he pronounced guilt on Colin Stagg; he had simply told the police that Stagg's behavior patterns and fantasies were indistinguishable from those he predicted of the killer. Small wonder then perhaps, that he, and thus the police, apparently dismissed similar fact evidence pointing to a serial rapist's exploits nearby...

But Paul Britton is not the only expert to get it wrong, as the many miscarriages of justice and lives ruined by the expert evidence given in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases demonstrate.

Courts cannot function without input from expert witnesses. Unlike other witnesses they are permitted to give opinion evidence, as opposed to evidence of facts they have witnessed. This makes them incredibly powerful. Unfortunately for many defendants, experts have the same failings as the rest of us - they are human. As such they can fall prey to the same prejudices, such as tunnel-vision and group-think, as the rest of us.

The book? It is both well written and informative, and in my opinion gives a very revealing insight into both the mind of a very influential expert and the willingness of the police and courts to accept such opinion at face value.
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I read this volume some time ago now and this is not intended to be a full review but to contextualise a particular aspect at this time. Of course UNDERCOVER POLICING has had very extensive media coverage relatively recently re the SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION SQUAD and undercover officers fathering children by those whom they were covertly monitoring over very significant periods. The anti COLIN STAGG operation involving UNDERCOVER tactics that were incredibly disgraceful is very significant and should not be ignored the re undercover policing controversy and especially so because police were also calling on PAUL BRITTON for advice re tactics - as detailed in this volume. So these policing controversies spread wider afield than the role of the SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION SQUAD and so should not be ignored. The absolutely disgraceful ANTI COLIN STAGG operation also influenced ESSEX POLICE to mount a further disgraceful UNDERCOVER OPERATION namely OPERATION CENTURY - details are on WIKIPEDIA. So this volume has significant value.
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