Killing For Company (Paperback)Brian Masters (author)
An award-winning study in the criminal mentality, Killing for Company reveals the complex and terrifying full story of the Muswell Hill serial killer Dennis Nilsen.
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Crime Non-Fiction
Soon to be the ITV drama DES, starring David Tennant
Dennis Nilsen, who died in May 2018, murdered at least 15 people before his arrest in 1983. This groundbreaking criminal study of his killings was written with Nilsen's full cooperation, resulting in a fascinating - and horrifying - portrait of the man who worshipped death.
In February 1983, residents of Muswell Hill had been plagued by blocked drains. When a plumber was called to investigate, he discovered a large blockage of biological material. To his horror, it appeared to be formed of human flesh and bones.
The next day, local resident Dennis Nilsen was arrested.
'Are we talking about one body or two?' a detective asked. Nilsen replied 'Fifteen or sixteen, since 1978. I'll tell you everything.'
Within days he had confessed to fifteen gruesome murders over a period of four years. His victims, mostly young gay men at a time when society cared little for them, had never been missed. Brian Masters, with Nilsen's full cooperation, has produced a unique study of a murderer's mind, essential reading for true crime aficionados.
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
Brian Masters has given us a full, well-ordered, dispassionate account of Nilsen's life and crimes - The Times
A comprehensive and compelling account - Financial Times
Brian Masters can rest assured that the job he undertook with such obvious doubts was one worth doing - Spectator
Probably the best thing of its kind since In Cold Blood...a classic study in criminal mentality - Yorkshire Post
Quite brilliant in its assimilation of the facts... Killing for Company is a book that needed to be written, and has been executed with extreme skill and good sense - Time Out
A seminal look into the criminal mind - Daily Mail
Simultaneously gripping and repellent... I feel confident that I will not read again in 1985 a more fascinating and repulsive tale, be it fact or fiction - Literary Review
The book is a perceptive and at times coldly brutal assessment of Nilsen's psychology - Daily Mirror
An important book which screams to be read - New Statesman
A compelling and remarkable book... through Masters' fine writing the reader suspends his nausea for the crimes, and concentrates with Nilsen on his motives and himself - The Listener
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