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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  476 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Thomas Bishop was twenty-five when he escaped from an institution for the criminally insane. Behind him was a grotesque history of pain, murder and rage. Ahead lay a path of horrifying vengeance that would trigger the most intense manhunt in history.
Paperback, 768 pages
Published April 23rd 2009 by Sonatine (first published 1979)
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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
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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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
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.
Brent Soderstrum
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
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.
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...
Andi Wall
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.
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.
Lefevre Serpault
dans mon top 10 des meilleurs thrillers, un des livres à lire pour les amateurs du genre
Such a good book. Loved every second of it. I read this a few years ago.
Robert Burnett
Best. Serial. Killer. Novel. Ever.
Trop fort.
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
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
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
Monica Madrazo
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
Alan Kirk
Dec 01, 2014 Alan Kirk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
, 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 portagonisti 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
Cristi An
Un romanzo fiume che è un immenso capolavoro nella letteratura sui serial killer. Da brivido. Un libro che tira fuori tutto il marcio del "sogno americano". Una lettura indispensabile per gli amanti del genere. 5 stelle le merita tutte.
In una parola: impressionante.
Una lunghissima cavalcata nella mente di un serial killer. Romanzo nerissimo, durissimo e che dipinge una violenza assoluta e nichilista con uno stile asciutto che lo rende ancora più spaventoso.
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
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.
A great novel, an incredibly well constructed plot, a page turner from the beginning to the end. Genius.
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book, but it's not the book's fault. It is very well-written and manages to keep up the suspense quite well. I liked that one character's story, Caryl Chessman's, was true crime and enjoyed all the debate about the death penalty. I thought the book could have been shortened by a few pages, and some of the many character threads eliminated. I realize the effort that went into connecting so many character threads together, but it was sometimes hard t ...more
romanzo fiume su una serie di brutali assassinii commessi, apparentemente senza alcuna motivazione, da uno psicopatico inafferrabile e sfuggente e su una complicatissima caccia all'uomo (con varie implicazioni, anche politiche) che coinvolge poliziotti, giornalisti e professori universitari. molto interessanti la struttura, minuziosa e frammentata come un mosaico, con cui viene ricostruita la mentalità dell'assassino e lo stile quasi giornalistico e distaccato del romanzo. qualche lungaggine di ...more
Jack Thornsberry
Jun 11, 2008 Jack Thornsberry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Karine Bonneau
Interesting but too long for a not so good ending.
Excellent reading. Well thought out, disturbing. We all shake our heads when someone does something sick and twisted because many of us don't care why a person does something horrible. This book explains the why.
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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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“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
“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” 0 likes
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