Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered....
Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered....
In Jonathan Kellerman's gripping novels, the city of Los Angeles is as much a living, breathing character as the heroes and villains who roam its labyrinthine streets....
The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent....
Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches....
Twelve-year-old Billy Straight - precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral - has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on L.A.'s meanest streets....
Kellerman explores the "nature v. nurture" theory, discusses the legal and psychological ramification of treating such children as adult criminals, and tackles, with surprising results, the popular idea that violence in the media is to blame. More than a crash course in understanding the "Hows" and "whys" of this issue, Savage Spawn is a controversial study that will engender much needed discussion.
He goes from extreme to extreme. His proposed solution is not only not workable, it comes very close to overzealous state intervention. There are already child abuse laws into place. To add in these other factors which may or may not create a sociopath is ripe for abuse. We need to improve the child abuse systems we already have in place. Plus, his stance on things being hopeless after around the age of ten or younger is way too extreme and not supported enough to just throw away people like trash. His zero tolerance for youthful murderers is way too draconian--there may be some who can be reformed.
Also if that one boy "Tim" scared him so much, why can't he remember the name? Why doesn't he now go through his records to try to find it and see what happened to the child? Why didn't he alert domestic abuse authorities. There was an indication that "Tim" might be abusing grandma.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I might - not a particularly academic, but not bad. If from a non psych background might be okay. Fairly pessimistic view of offenders and not really focused on children as much as psychopaths generally. Not really a reflection on violent children.
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Did Richard Gilliland do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
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If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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I read this while driving through a rain storm. Not sure which kept me awake more, the rain or the book. Whichever; this book is certainly thought provoking and will be the subject of many discussions to come.
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