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on 8 November 2000
Creating a follow-up to "The Jigsaw Man" was never going to be an easy task. Brittons first book provided an unique and highly descriptive insight into a world which most of us, thankfully, will never have to experience first-hand. With his new book, Paul Britton appears to have made a conscious decision to adopt a less graphic approach to his accounts of violent crime. The focus now is much more on the interactions within the clinical context - on understanding the roots of deviant behaviour and on using the psychoterapeutic relation to prevent violent fantasies from becoming reality. Structurally, this book is somewhat less clear than the previous one and initially, there is some degree of confusion as to what the author actually wants to tell the reader. However, stop expecting a second "Jigsaw Man" and chances are you will find yourself able to enjoy the book a lot more. The author has the ability to really let the reader into the minds of his clients, enabling you to understand - if not accept - some of the reasons underlying their thoughts, emotions and behaviour. All in all, a more introspective book from Paul Britton, but still very, very fascinating.
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on 16 August 2013
Wow some very sad stories and gory details but what a great book! Very interesting as is the jigsaw man also by Paul britton
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on 11 June 2013
An insight into horrendous crimes and criminals and how they can be caught by working closely with the police. Spellbinding.
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on 4 October 2015
Paul Britton provides more insight into the minds of those with psychiatric disorders that he manages with the NHS and also when providing help to various police forces when crime has been committed. It is revealing and disturbing but a compulsive read never the less.

Britton talks of his most famous 'mistake' too with Colin Stagg.

This is a riveting read - but may make you take extra care when locking up your house at night.
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on 23 February 2015
FACT- Paul Britton's reputation is now so tarnished in the worlds of psychology and policing that he is excluded from the UK police's list of accredited advisors and will never be called in to help on investigations again. That piece of information throws a completely different light on this book, leaving it looking like nothing more than a glossy self-publicity exercise. Paul Britton's involvement in the police's attempt to convict Colin Stagg for the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell has now been discredited by the conviction of the real killer, Robert Napper in 2008. Ironically, Britton was called in to advise on some of Napper's other killings and emphatically told the police that there was no connection with the Nickell murder (The Jigsaw Man p265) despite claims to the contrary that he has made in the press recently! If you want to know the real story behind Britton and his shameful involvement in policing in the nineties, I would suggest looking elsewhere. Alison and Eyre's excellent book, Killer in the Shadows, would be a good place to start.
John A. Short
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on 8 April 2014
Fascinating, intriguing, rivetting, disturbing and eye-opening. One can only admire people like Paul Britton who do such important work and still survive the stress themselves. If you are of a sensitive nature do not read this book. If you are strong enough you won't be able to put it down and you'll finish it with a much broader outlook on life because Paul Britton introduces you to people you wouldn't believe exist.
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on 14 August 2013
A fascinating man and his job. A follow up to the jigsaw man. Very interesting read. I've read it twice already.
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on 16 July 2003
Paul Britton has delivered an amazing insight into the world of the criminal mind.In both this book and "The Jigsaw Man", he not only takes you on an amazing and sometimes disturbing journey, through the criminals thought process but also explains his reasoning and findings with ease.I have never felt the desire to meet an author and shake their hand until I read his work, a truly amazing person. Such was my reaction to both books, I am now studying psychology as a part time student!!
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on 3 January 2001
Self indulgent and cumbersome! After being absolutely enthralled by The Jigsaw Man, I was really looking forward to Picking Up The Pieces. The Jigsaw Man alluded to the fact that Britton had never been paid for his work (which I think he should have, and he should be proud of his pioneering work), however it becomes the underlying focus of Picking Up The Pieces. Very disappointing, a mere shadow of what it could have been.
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on 22 June 2014
Paul Britton is such an interesting, thought provoking and great writer. I have read both of his books with great fascination, he takes you into a world of the unknown and helps you to understand some of society's worst offenders and how they became what they became.
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