This book offers a fascinating and true to life insight of the work of a psychologist in some of the most notorious murders to grip the UK in the 1980s and 1990s.
The book begins by giving you an insight into the authors life growing up, going through school in a time when the type school you went to and the career you eventually entered depended more upon your class than ability, through to his eventual qualification as a clinical psychologist.
The book then quickly turns to a series of vicious murders that the author was drafted in by the police to work on during the 1980s and 1990s, some of which benefited from more media coverage than others.
The authors role was, as outlined in the book, to aid the police inquiry by giving them a psychological profile of the killer based upon what was evident at a crime scene in order that they be caught before they strike again. This was at the time, like DNA, a relatively new tool in police investigations, so was under an intensely critical spotlight, not only be the media, but also from those who were schooled in traditional British policing.
Interestingly, in the final chapter the author also makes a note about how in the next 10-20 years that psychological profiling would become a routine part of serious crime investigations and that it would become 'sexy' enough to be serialised on TV.
This really is a book that is gripping, easy to read and very difficult to put down. A recommended read!