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A dieci anni Thomas Bishop viene internato in una clinica psichiatrica dopo aver ucciso la madre che lo seviziava da sempre. Quindici anni dopo, evade dall'istituto e dà inizio a una fuga sanguinaria sul cui cammino sono ancora le donne a cadere. Un omicidio, due, poi saranno decine; Bishop tortura e uccide spostandosi da Las Vegas a Chicago, a New York. Un personaggio inf ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published October 20th 2011 by Fazi (first published 1979)
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TK421
Feb 19, 2011 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word: WOW.

Two words: Fucking wow.

This book is not your typical noir novel. It is much more. Dark and funny. Grisly and beautiful. Dense and, yet, in some ways bleak and sparse.

It tells the story of an escaped mental patient and the detective who chases him across America. But this isn't a Harrison Ford-like fugitive; this fugitive kills. And he kills to simply kill.

The narrative is straight forwad: an act of violence is followed by the law's interpretation of the violence. (But does anyon
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Trev Twinem
Feb 06, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you are a fan (and I use the term loosely) of serial killers such as Edmund Kemper the you will love By Reason of Insanity. The story of mass insane killer Thomas Bishop and the fixation of a young hungry reporter Adam Kenton to find Bishop and bring him to justice. This is a brutal and at times graphic story travelling deep into the mind of a mass murderer as he conducts his war against the world in his attempt to explain and show his hatred of women as he butchers his way across America. If ...more
Dawn G
Jan 17, 2015 Dawn G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a long ride this book! Very dark, graphic and intricate plot just the way I like. I would have given this book a much higher rating if not for two issues. First, I think the book could have had a 100 less pages and been just as good, it was 570 pages long. I do not mind a long book at all; however, it seemed to me that the author used alot of words at times when he could have made the point with much, much less. Secondly, I was a little disappointed in the ending. I thought the author took ...more
Anji
Sep 07, 2014 Anji rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An absolutely enthralling journey through the life of a Psycho-sociopathic mind,I read this book in my teens and have to say I enjoyed every aspect of it,although "enjoy" is not the right word to use. This book preceded and is far superior to "American Psycho" by Brett Easton Ellis and I have often wondered why it was never adapted for the screen. It is a well-written novel and is far superior in terms of style of writing,characterisation, and storyline,than many other serial-killer novels.
La.Silbia
Thomas Bishop è stato un bambino tremendamente abusato. Dentro di lui sono stati per anni e anni instillati mostri, demoni, i semi della futura follia e del diavolo che si impadronirà di lui.

"Troppo tardi! Creature oscure e irrazionali si infiltravano attraverso i muri. Demoni sanguinari che balzavano, straziavano, strappavano i muscoli dalle ossa. Artigli folli che laceravano la carne, enormi bocche spalancate che ingoiavano interi intestini, il cuore, il fegato, i reni strappati, mentre la cin
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Andrea
Mar 20, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tra il luglio e l’agosto del 1973 l’America assiste terrorizzata e impotente alla carneficina compiuta da Vincent Mungo, il più spietato serial killer che ne abbia mai calpestato il suolo. Evaso dal manicomio criminale dov’era rinchiuso da pochi mesi, Mungo attraversa gli Stati Uniti da una costa all'altra, da Los Angeles fino a New York, lasciandosi alle spalle i resti di cadaveri orribilmente mutilati. Le vittime, tutte giovani donne, vengono torturate, stuprate, fatte a pezzi con una furia sa ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Mar 24, 2013 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stevens tells an enjoyable tale about Thomas Bishop who escapes (quite masterfully) from a mental health facility and begans to cross the US killing women in vicious ways. This book was written in the 1970's right when mass murders were becoming the rage with the likes of Charles Manson and such. Stevens gives you a look into Bishop's backround. He was raised by a mother who beat him with a leather strap a lot till he couldn't take it anymore and he killed her resulting in his residencey at Will ...more
Lauren
Jun 19, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I have ever read. I love the fact that this book was based on non fiction relating to the story of Caryl Chessman and then transitioning to fiction about this psychopathic mass murderer. I learned a part of history that I did not know about and I became spell bound in the methodical and insane mind of a killer. It was great. I wish Shane Stevens still wrote. The other books that I have found for him have great reviews but are impossible to find. No longer in print. ...more
Jack Thornsberry
Jun 11, 2008 Jack Thornsberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jack by: Stephen King
Stephen King referenced this author in one of his books so after much searching I located it at a used bookstore in Clifton (Ohio, UC campus). I lived by myself at the time in a very dark neighborhood - raccoons and dogs regularly plundered around at night. I started in on this book and could not stop - had to make frequent trips around the house to check on things as I was sort of freaked out. It did not help that I kept hearing sounds and getting startled. Scary crap from beginning to end. It ...more
Aunt
Oct 05, 2009 Aunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most harrowing books I have ever read. I have loaned this book to many of my friends. It is so dogearred and taped. It is also out of print. I actually would look over my shoulder to check if anyone was in the room while reading. Few books can do that to me, but this one is a winner.
Davy
Apr 04, 2016 Davy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La première partie du livre se dévore littéralement. On y raconte comment Thomas Bishop, un des deux personnages centraux de l'histoire, est devenu un tueur en série sadique, gore et extrêmement intelligent. On parcourt donc sa vie en survolant l'histoire de ses parents, ainsi que son enfance et son adolescence difficiles.
La seconde partie est plus ciblée sur le journaliste d'investigation Adam Kenton, un des meilleurs élément de sa profession, qui mènera l'enquête et finira par se rapprocher da
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Andi Wall
Aug 05, 2010 Andi Wall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book probably 20-25 years ago, but it has always stuck in my mind as a very thought provoking book, shame that it's now out of print.
Robert Burnett
Jul 15, 2007 Robert Burnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best. Serial. Killer. Novel. Ever.
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Diciamo più 2,75* :D

*Avevo finito la recensione e il pc si è spento. Puff. Ma porc#@#@#@.. Niente, farò un sunto :D

Cosa NON mi è piaciuto:
- La MOLE: Sì, ok, io ho evidenti problemi con i libroni, ma qui si esagera.. Un thriller, in cui tra l'altro l'assassino è noto da subito, di 800 pagine ad una certa annoia.. Gna' posso fa'!
- Le ripetizioni: dovendo riempire i 1202340954405 volumi che compongono l'opera , l'autore ha pensato bene di avere a che fare con lettori distratti o ritardati.. E quind
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Andy
May 10, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark and compelling portrait of a pychopath. Thomas Bishop, who kills his own mother, and escapes from the institute he is placed in and goes on a killing spree, that has the police,the mob and the press all after him.First published and read 30 years ago,By Reason OF Insanity is still a classic serial killer thriller.
Maria Nunes
Sep 25, 2015 Maria Nunes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will always remain one of my favorite books, which I no longer lend to anyone as it tends to never come back and I have to buy a new one. A must read for me, every year, as I read this book when I was a teenager and the fascination with serial killers has always remained. Although it is a dark, terrifying book, the roller coaster ride never ends, even after you have read the last sentence. For once you actually feel sorry Bishop, his sad and horrific upbringing, his ultimate escape and his reaso ...more
Kotoole1
Sep 02, 2011 Kotoole1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, best serial killer book I've ever read. I read this the first time about 15 years ago, the second time about 5 years ago and I plan on reading it again sometime soon...
Frederick Pellissier
An outstanding book. Take care though anyone with a light constitution, Mr. Stevens books can be disturbing and hard to read for some.
Roxanne
Feb 13, 2011 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this many, many years ago; but I remember it as one of the scariest books I ever read. One that I would like to re-read.
Joan Durney
Feb 26, 2015 Joan Durney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Absolutely loved it from start to finish. Very dark and graphic but compassion never lost. Will have to read again
Lefevre Serpault
dans mon top 10 des meilleurs thrillers, un des livres à lire pour les amateurs du genre
Michelle
Such a good book. Loved every second of it. I read this a few years ago.
Mari
Si guardi sempre alle spalle, perché ció che la insegue potrebbe raggiungerla

Un libro immenso, che nonostante la mole si legge tutto d'un fiato. Ritmo altissimo dalla prima all'ultima pagina, un incredibile viaggio nella follia umana, scene cruenti, una caccia all'uomo spietata. Era da tanto che non leggevo un thriller degno di essere definito tale, capace di tenermi incollata alle pagine fino a notte inoltrata. Thomas Bishop e Adam Kenton sono due personaggi indimenticabili, ma quello che secon
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Bill
Feb 07, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is a grisly account of the pursuit of an escaped mental patient on a murder rampage.
Story-wise it is gripping, with plenty of interesting subplots, but I am 230 pages into this and I'm asking myself, "Do I know these characters yet? Are they interesting?" And I have admit, NO.

This is a great story, it moves along well, but I find it reads more like a journalist's account or documentary of events. If I were to read a sprawling essay on the Manson killings or Jeffrey Dahmer, I feel it would h
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Aprile
Jan 31, 2013 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hillside, California (1) ---> Yuba City-Sacramento, California (1) ---> Los Angeles, California (1) ---> Las Vegas, Nevada (1) ---> Phoenix, Arizona (1) ---> El Paso - San Antonio, Texas (5) ---> New Orleans, Lousiana (3) ---> New Orleans-Memphis,Tennessee-St. Louis, Missouri (3) ---> Chicago, Illinois (2) ---> Chicago-New York (1) ---> New York (11) ---> Miami, Florida (1) ---> New York (18)

I numeri tra parentesi non sono i giorni trascorsi nelle varie locali
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Donald
Dec 11, 2015 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one heck of a book! Definitely not for the squeamish, as it is very graphically violent and graphically sexual, even post mortem. The book follows the life of a serial killer, from even before he was born until the climax of the story. And even then, we get confronted with the question of who he really was! Excellent writing, great characters, and amazingly, the author is even able to drum up sympathy for the killer monster that rampages through these pages! Creepy and satisfying!
Monica Madrazo
Oct 04, 2014 Monica Madrazo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nonostante sia un libro scritto più di 30 anni fa, sia lo stile sia il contenuto sono molto attuali ed è facile capire perchè molti autori ben più noti si siano ispirati a questo lavoro di Stevens per i propri best sellers.... La storia segue la vita di un giovane ragazzo con problemi psichiatrici che sfoga le proprie paure e pulsioni su un numero considerevole di donne, rendendosi il ricercato n1 negli Stati Uniti, braccato da polizia, mafia, politici e mass media come il nuovo Jack Lo Squartat ...more
Morgan Davis
I had high hopes for this book. Maybe it's because I read about serial killers & crime frequently... But this book was laborious. The crimes seemed a bit overdone (even for someone as sadistic as the main character) and I while I did appreciate the mental history/psychosocial aspects of the book, it just disappointed me.
Alan Kirk
Dec 01, 2014 Alan Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alan by: An aunt.
I got an old tattered copy from an aunt and found this book one of the best of its genre. I read it till it was falling apart. Luckily I've been able to buy a brand new copy from amazon, and have already re-read a couple of times. Totally, totally engrossing. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this genre.
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Shane Stevens is an American author of crime novels. He was born in New York, New York to John and Caroline (Royale) Stevens. His novels include Go Down Dead (1966), Way Uptown in Another World (1971), Dead City (1973), Rat Pack (1974), By Reason of Insanity (1979), and The Anvil Chorus (1985). Stephen King has claimed to being a huge fan, and gave tribute to him in his book "The Dar
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“You want recognition? I mean real recognition? Your life story in all the papers, your face on television all over the country. Books written about you; what you eat, what you feel, what you think, what you don’t think. Maybe even a movie about you. Why not? They made movies about all the killers and maniacs I’ve mentioned, including Chessman. If that’s what you want, it’s easy. Just go out and kill some people. They don’t have to be presidents, they don’t have to be big shots. Just kill enough to make a big splash in the papers. Or kill only one or two in a novel way or a crazy way, anything to get the news media interested. You too can be famous” 1 likes
“They’re just the little people. Unknown all their lives and forgotten as soon as they die. If anyone talks about them, they’re simply called the victim. But the killers, that’s something else! They don’t work or pay taxes or obey the law or live quiet lives of frustration. That’s not news. Instead they kill. That makes them special. Charles Manson will be remembered and written about a hundred years from now, just as Jack the Ripper is remembered a hundred years after his crimes. Everybody wants a little recognition. More things are done for sheer recognition than for money or sex, as far as I can see. But the only ones who get it are the killers. Who knows all the names of Manson’s victims? Or Jack the Ripper’s victims? Or Charles Starkweather’s victims? Or Caryl Chessman’s victims? Who cares? They were just people.” 0 likes
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