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Au-delà du mal

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Après plus de vingt-cinq ans de malédiction éditoriale, nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter pour la première fois en langue française Au-delà du mal, de Shane Stevens, l'un des livres fondateurs du roman de serial killer, avec Le Dahlia noir de James Ellroy et Le Silence des agneaux, de Thomas Harris.

A 10 ans, Thomas Bishop est placé en institut psychiatrique après av
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published April 23rd 2009 by Sonatine (first published 1979)
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Apr 01, 2010 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
Dawn G
Jan 05, 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
Trev Twinem
Jul 31, 2015 Trev Twinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 07, 2012 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.
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
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
Apr 01, 2012 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
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 09, 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
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.
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
Mar 26, 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
Oct 06, 2016 Sibil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I fell in love with the writing and for the first 100 pages I was enamoured and really hooked up. But with the time my fascination faded, because the writing changes slightly and also because the author really loves to give head ups, and I do not share the love.
But it was a really good reading, captivating and interesting and I liked this book a lot, even if his characters are almost all misogynists, one way or another, and sometimes this was a little bit too much.
May 04, 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.
Joan Durney
Feb 25, 2015 Joan Durney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it from start to finish. Very dark and graphic but compassion never lost. Will have to read again
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...
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.
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.
Lefevre Serpault
Jul 30, 2011 Lefevre Serpault rated it it was amazing
dans mon top 10 des meilleurs thrillers, un des livres à lire pour les amateurs du genre
Trop fort.
Such a good book. Loved every second of it. I read this a few years ago.
Manfred Moonlight Ackermann
Sur recommandation, je me suis attelé à la lecture de ce gros pavé. J'avais lu en diagonale un ou deux commentaires ...
Finalement, je dois dire que je suis plutôt très déçu de celui-ci.
Il est long, ce n'est pas spécialement un problème mais surtout interminable.
En fait l'histoire avance peu, l'écriture n'est pas géniale. Tout ce qu'on nous promet est loin d'être le sentiment qui domine à la fin de la lecture. Voire même avant. Car au bout de 200 ou 300 pages, on se dit, ok on voit le truc, ma
Jan 12, 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
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
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
Monica Madrazo
Aug 21, 2013 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 n°1 negli Stati Uniti, braccato da polizia, mafia, politici e mass media come il nuovo Jack Lo Squarta ...more
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
, o meglio, del perché un potenziale capolavoro non riesce andare oltre alla terza stella.
Partiamo dal capolavoro. Il protagonista non è semplicemente ben tratteggiato e interessante, Thomas Bishop è probabilmente uno dei migliori protagonisti di cui abbia mai letto le gesta. Passiamo poi al limite. Circa 800 pagine sono troppe per una storia come questa; la vicenda risulta annacquata fra noiosi personaggi e finisce per diluire la prorompente forza vitale di Bishop... 400 pagine bastavano e a
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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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