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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, 248 pages
Published May 1st 1980 by Pocket Books (NY) (first published January 1st 1970)
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Feb 21, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jan 05, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wilson fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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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
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Nov 17, 2016 Danielle Wilson rated it really liked it
I was hooked. It's certainly not your typical murder mystery as the psychological examination give us insight into how and why Lingard killed. I think it was well written, there wasn't any times when Wilson went off of tangents discussing heavy psychologist talk and theories. It all made sense to me. I'm not a fan of incenstual or rape-y stories so that was a little bit of a turn off but I think overall I was quite engaged and enjoyed the book.
Aug 10, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
Colin Wilson thriller that I read back in 1978.
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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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