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‘An intricate and brilliantly written psychiatric perspective on the most perplexing of crimes’ Kerry Daynes, author of The Dark Side of the Mind

‘Beautifully written and very dark’ Nimco Ali OBE

‘Whodunnit’ doesn’t matter so much, not to a forensic psychiatrist. We’re more interested in the ‘why’.

In his twenty-six years in the field, Richard Taylor has worked on well over a hundred murder cases, with victims and perpetrators from all walks of life. In this fascinating memoir, Taylor draws on some of the most tragic, horrific and illuminating of these cases – as well as dark secrets from his own family’s past – to explore some of the questions he grapples with every day:

Why do people kill?
Does committing a monstrous act make someone a monster?
Could any of us, in the wrong circumstances, become a killer?

As Taylor helps us understand what lies inside the minds of those charged with murder – both prisoners he has assessed and patients he has treated – he presents us with the most important challenge of all: how can we even begin to comprehend the darkest of human deeds, and why it is so vital that we try?

The Mind of a Murderer is a fascinating exploration into the psyche of killers, as well as a unique insight into the life and mind of the doctor who treats them. For fans of Unnatural Causes, The Examined Life and All That Remains.

MORE PRAISE FOR THE MIND OF A MURDERER:

‘A fascinating insight into what drives criminality – and a punchy polemic against mental-health service cuts’ Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

‘A fascinating, well-written and compelling account of the mental state in homicide’ Alisdair Williamson, TLS

‘A dark, fascinating and often surprising glimpse into the minds of those who kill, from a forensic psychiatrist who’s seen it all’ Rob Williams, writer of BBC’s The Victim

An excellent, engaging and honest book, full of interesting, powerful and important observations’ Alison Liebling, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Cambridge

Reviews

An absorbing mix of high-profile case histories and a glimpse into the personal and professional pressures of a career spent at the sharp end of psychiatry. Dr Richard Taylor's knowledge and experience is undeniable. An intricate and brilliantly written psychiatric perspective on the most perplexing of crimes
Kerry Daynes, author of THE DARK SIDE OF THE MIND
Heartbreaking, horrifying, but a brilliant and insightful book. Beautifully written and very dark
Nimco Ali OBE
A dark, fascinating and often surprising glimpse into the minds of those who kill, from a forensic psychiatrist who's seen it all
Rob Williams, writer of BBC's THE VICTIM
A fascinating insight into what drives criminality - and a punchy polemic against mental-health service cuts
Jack Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph