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From Barnes & NobleShane Stevens's By Reason of Insanity is The Godfather of serial-killer novels -- the first and still the best. What sets this apart from all the books that would come after is the quality of the prose and the almost Old Testament flavor of the writing. There are long sequences in which the killer studies other killers -- most notably Caryl Chessman -- and reaches a moment of insight into evil that transcends all other crime fiction I've read. A brilliant and lacerating novel unlike any you've ever read -- and one you'll never forget. I promise.