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New book from Britains top forensic psychologist
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.