"The World's End Murders" is a fascinating account of a notorious case in British criminal history by one of the police officers at the centre of solving the case. In 1977 Helen Scott and Christine Eadie were murdered after having sent an evening in The World's End pub in Scotland with two unknown men. It took nearly thirty years for police to solve the case, though even now the girls and their families have not received justice.
I will not go into too much detail of the story, suffice it to say that the book details the murders themselves and the subsequent thrity years of police investigations that finally led to the trial of Angus Sinclair and the identification of the already deceased Gordon Hamilton as his likely accomplice. The book is a fascinating look into police investigations and how they have changed beyong belief over the past thirty years, allowing something of a resolution to this case.
Tom Wood's account is very fair, identifying the failings of the the original investigations and the recent prosecution. He is also very sensitive to the feelings of the families of Helen and Christine, and the other possible victims of the country's least known serial killer. I have only given it 4 out of 5 for the simple reason that at times I found the book a little repetitive and therefore plodding to get through. There are no breaks in the chapters so at times I found it a bit hard going but overall this did not detract much from the book. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in true crime, police procedurals or the World's End case - it is certainly the most definitive account so far of this tragic case. Wood does not, however, pretend to understand the motives of Sinclair and Hamilton, and so if your interest is from a forensic psychology angle this is not the book for you.