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This is true crime with a difference, the story of a troubled man who confessed to crimes he didn't commit and, in some cases, which hadn't even taken place. The details of how he came to be convicted and the role of the professionals who dealt with him become progressively more chilling, and had me glued to my iPod. This story is less about Thomas Quick than it is about the professionals in his life: it is an exposé of gullibility, group-think, lack of professional ethics and all-round professional incompetence of the highest order. The only hero here is Hannes Råstam who is an example par excellence of investigative journalism. What a shame he died so young, but so good that he lived long enough to complete this book.
Full marks to narrator Peter Noble, whose reading cannot be faulted. His voice and accent are a pleasure to listen to, and his 'acting' of passages of quoted speech is very impressive. I don't speak Swedish but his pronunciation suggests to me that he is a native speaker and he moves effortlessly between English and the many Swedish and Norwegian names. His reading was, for me, the icing on the cake of a gripping book.
A must-read for true crime buffs, but above all for anyone involved in criminal justice, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, or policing. And journalists will surely be inspired by Hannes Råstam.
Well written well read. An amazing true story of a miscarriage of justice bought to light by one determined journalist .
The narration is good too, a voice I could listen to all day.
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What made the experience of listening to Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer the most enjoyable?
The story, fascinating true story about how the media, the public and the courts were all fooled into thinking a troubled liar was a serial killer of huge proportions.
What did you like best about this story?
How well the evidence was compiled and presented, and how it was not a story I knew anything about!
Have you listened to any of Peter Noble’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't but I would again.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The true story of the serial killer that never was...
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend to any true crime lovers, or anyone interested in a superb journalists investigation into the truth behind this supposed serial killer.
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