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The Killer

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Also titled Lingard. Fictional portrait of a mass-murderer by the distinguished author of The Outsider. This novel is the uninhibited portrait in depth of a mass rapist & murderer, Arthur James Lingard. He is serving the last years of an 8 year sentence for 3nd degree murder when prison authorities note that he is in a depression & send the prison psychiatrist to s ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 21st 1970 by New English Library Ltd. (first published January 1st 1970)
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Erik Graff
Jun 03, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wilson fans
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Colin Wilson is a human potential enthusiast who has the habit of restating the beliefs he presents in his serious works of philosophy and psychology in the popular forms of mystery novels, horror fantasies and sensationalistic coffee table books about crimes and criminals. Presumably, this is the result of four factors:
1. He is obsessed by the topic of human potential and mightily upset that it is rarely fulfilled...
2. and, then, too often, in its perverted forms
3. He wants to spread the word a
I read this whilst working at a Psychiatric Hospital in the north of England and it impressed me with its authenticity. Many years later I would go on to work in a prison for six years and this book always stayed in the back of my mind. In this modern age of wall-to-wall serial killer fantasy dramas The Killer deserves to have been more widely read and remembered as a vivid, anti-sensationalist take on the examination of a murderer. We have been repeatedly conned by modern dramas that cops catch ...more
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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