In 1992, in a psychiatric hospital, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of a missing eleven-year-old boy. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders.
Hannes Råstam, an investigative journalist, became obsessed with Quick's case and studied the investigations in forensic detail. In 2008, Råstam met Thomas Quick in prison, with one question to ask. And the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself…
Hannes Råstam was an award-winning investigative journalist in Sweden. After a struggle with cancer, Råstam passed away while finishing this book, his account of the largest judicial scandal in Scandianvian history.
©2012 Hannes Råstam (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
”Sweden's most suspenseful murder mystery may not be a fictional account from Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell. It may end up being the true story of Thomas Quick.” (The Wall Street Journal)
"A real-life Scandinavian crime novel" (Observer)
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.
"Superb true crime I'd never heard about!"
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.
How well the evidence was compiled and presented, and how it was not a story I knew anything about!
I haven't but I would again.
The true story of the serial killer that never was...
Highly recommend to any true crime lovers, or anyone interested in a superb journalists investigation into the truth behind this supposed serial killer.
"Shocking but Fascinating"
This is a very good book but quite shocking. An easy listen and a fascinating one well read.
My review contains slight spoilers:
I have always thought that Sweden would have an enlightened justice and mental health system but this book catalogues an appalling list of mistakes, incompetencies, neglect and what can only really been seen as outright corruption on the part of several people who if there is any justice should be prosecuted.
If it wasn't so serious it could almost be the plot of comedy film - the protagonist making absurd claims without proof to impress his shrink and accidentally ending up convincing the police and becoming a convicted serial killer.
If it wasn't true it would seem completely implausible.
At moments Quick reminded me of a fake psychic - going from place to place making vague statements while those around him seek desperately to connect it to the actual facts.
I sincerely hope that the psychologists/psychiatrists involved who deluded themselves in regard to their work and "progress" with Quick think about how and why all this began and then continued - and take a good long look at their actions and theories and the type of behaviour they instilled and reinforced.
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