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Face to Face with Evil: Conversations with Ian Brady

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  125 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Ian Brady is one of the most notorious and reviled serial killers in Britain. With his co-conspirator, Myra Hindley, he perpetrated the Moors Murders in which five children were abducted, assaulted, and murdered. Dr. Chris Cowley is a forensic psychologist who is in the unique position of having exclusive access to Brady. For six years, he has been conducting groundbreakin ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by John Blake (first published July 5th 2010)
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Sophie Stokes
Aug 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am glad to be rid of this book.
What a load of self-indulgent rubbish.
Cowley even dares to call his work 'research'. This book has a serious case of 'not even wrong' (

"2 + zebra ÷ glockenspiel = homeopathy works!"

Firstly, the title is misleading. As another reviewer said, it feels like the entire book is just based on maybe 4 sides of A4 of actual conversation he's had with Brady.

Cowley is tremendously anti-psychiatry, and, although I may be biased, he
Shannon Humphreys
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Cowley seems a bit too impressed with Ian Brady, in all honesty. I realise he had to make him feel comfortable to get anything out of him, but Brady seems VERY comfortable, while Cowley seems to get little, if anything, new or honest out of him.
Lynda Kelly
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This is subtitled "Conversations With Ian Brady".......but although he visited him for around 6 years I don't think he ever got a lot out of Brady. He still plays his cards very close to his chest and it seems he only agreed to see this doctor so he'd highlight the appalling conditions at Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool where's he's detained.
He's been forcefed for a decade or more now and apparently you can't forcefeed a prisoner/patient if they're sane, only if they're mad. In all the letters he
Sophie Timms
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really interesting insight into a sick and twisted man!
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Super interesting book but it was just so repetitive that it took away from what was being said.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
The following is a response to a review of the book on a different site, entitled "A Fair Review"; it seemed to me unjust - as though every single person who has commented negatively on this book was being irrational. I'm sure this wasn't the intention, however, but I had these general grievances to offload.

"This review was well-written and you've obviously given it some thought. Also, it's good to see someone who's actually read the whole thing instead of those who just skip to the Brady pages.
Chloe Tucker
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cowley seemed to become attached to Brady, almost forgetting where he was and why he was there. I find it fascinating to learn about the ins and outs of a serial killers mind, but I would find it hard to believe they feel remorse or guilt.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Despite the sensationalist title, 'Face to Face with Evil' is not a book solely about moors murderer Ian Brady. In fact, Brady's personal correspondence with the author Dr Chris Cowley only forms a very small fraction of this book's content.

Instead, what you have is a book filled with ample information about American serial killers, if you were to take all of that out and you'd be left with a very slim volume with information about Brady, the size of a pamphlet. There are no great insights into
Georgie Rose
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book doesn't really tell Ian Brady's story as to how and why the author thinks that Ian committed the crimes that he did, but it is more of a textbook introduction to Criminology and where it could lead you.
As a student with a vast interest in Serial Killers, and the Criminological world in general, I found this book to be an interesting read. It may not be very long, but the sections are intriguing and helped me to gain more of an impression of what Criminology and profiling was about.
If y
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
A very interesting read based on a series of face to face interviews with England's Freddy Kreuger -- Ian Brady -- with a psychologist clearly struggling with how to understand serial murder and the logic, if any, behind the punishments it earns. The book is full of factual errors (e.g. he says Ted Bundy murdered women who looked like is ex-fiancee because she dumped him; in fact they were still happily together when he started killing, and she stayed in his life as a support despite numberous b ...more
Andreana Sutherland
Jan 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Misleading title. Only occasional details of "Conversations with Ian Brady" and his written correspondence appear. Mostly, it is a light read exploring the basics of serial killers, criminal profiling, and forensics. Nothing goes in depth. If you are well read in serial killers, it is nothing you won't have already heard before. A good start, but goes downhill the more you read. Disappointing, but still glad to have read it.
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
A book about Cowley's conversations and correspondence with the serial killer Ian Brady.
Interesting read for true crime -buffs. Cowley discusses other cases as well as the Moor Murders, which brings depth to the Brady&Hindley case too. Some parts are quite common-sense, but other are more in-depth.
If your knowledge on criminal psychology is vast, there might not be that much new in this book, but worth a try anyway.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Found this to be pretty poor. The title is deliberately misleading and chooses to make is as titillating as possible while it's a supposedly clinical study into the mind of serial killers, not just Brady.

It fails there too. It's repetitive and occasionally incorrect.

The conversations with Brady are interesting and I found his level of intellect to be a surprise. He's an incredibly bright man. I wasn't expecting that.
Ana Dibujos
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Not much new info on Brady but interesting to read.
Amanda Hannah n hubby
This is more about the author than Brady his opinions etc still makes a interesting read
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Been a couple of months since I read this. Fairly short but a little difficult to get in to at the start. Interesting but reading what he said left me cold.
P B Starling
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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