By Reason of Insanity

By Reason of Insanity

by Shane Stevens


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ISBN-13: 9781556526626
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Shane Stevens is the author of numerous books, including The Anvil Chorus, Dead City, Go Down Dead, Rat Pack, and Way Uptown in Another World.

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One of the finest novels ever written about perfect evil. I recommend it unreservedly.

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By Reason of Insanity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get all the positive reviews. Found the story tedious and boring.
Pugmom007 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. From the second I began reading it, I couldn't put it down. It's a very easy read and leaves you getting into the mindset of the characters. You won't be disappointed!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing and we'll written.
marie3548 More than 1 year ago
This was the best thriller that I have ever read which was in the early 80's another book I read around the same time was Whispers by Dean Koontz this was when Book Of The Month was the thing lol
sugarfootDS More than 1 year ago
I was in junior college taking criminal justice back in the late 70's and this book was suggested reading. I wasn't into reading, but I bought it, and could not put it down. when I finished it, I wanted more. you won't be disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a long time ago. Years and years ago. Years and many , many books later this is by far what I consider the most psychologically accurate depiction of what most people term a serial killer. It is terrifying, raw, easy to follow and written with what I would say is a perfect point of view on this topic. It covers every angle of the psychopath Thomas Bishop. Practically nothing written after it can compete. It is a book you will never forget and that will literally scare the hell out of you for good. No longer will you hear about these types of real life monsters without thinking about By Reason Of Insanity by Shane Stevens. Be prepared because it is amazing and starke, shiny darkness that will blow your mind and make you forever aware that there truly " be monsters amongst us".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the subject matter interesting, but felt the author failed to interweave all the story lines effectively. A really good book could have been written at about 1/3 the length. Be prepared for several extraneous story lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book goes to show how much technology has changed how they catch their perps.
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wini13 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books. I've loaned out 3 copies and all have been ruined by their charges. The story is so complex, The 2 main characters are rich, 3 dimensional, and compelling. It's a must have for mystery/ thriller readers to keep in their library. This is a masterpiece
EclecticReaderWR More than 1 year ago
Thomas Bishop is a killing machine and Adam Kenton is his relentless pursuer. Bishop is a wily psychopath, tortured by his mother as child, now an irreconcilable woman-hater, who escapes from a mental institution, where he has resided since killing his mother and burning up her body at 10. He escapes at 25 and goes on a terrifying cross-country killing spree, waging a war against women. Adam Kenton is a journalist, a mad dog in his own right, demanding of himself and demanding justice for society. How they relate to each other and finally meet in the end provides the fast-paced forward motion of the book. Bishop kills viciously, eviscerating his victims and wallowing in their blood. There's much brutality described uncompromisingly, as well sex, and a large cast of characters -- journalists, cops, politicians -- all with their own complements of flaws, all human and common, and all with us today. What sets the novel apart is Stevens' ability to plumb the psychological depths of Bishop's demented mind until, in the end, you feel a bit of sympathy for the character, as evil as he is. Highly recommended for those who like the serial killer genre and those interested in the abnormal mind, as well as those who see every human being in need of a bit of redemption from self-interest. On this score, you'll find how Stevens' weaves political corruption and Watergate paranoia into the story fascinating. Other novels that put you directly into the mind of a serial killer and that are excellent examples of the genre include: THE KILLER INSIDE ME by Jim Thompson, ZOMIBIE by Joyce Carol Oates, I, KILLER by David Valentino. Each is different in how the authors' probe the psychology of a serial killer's mind. But is each similar as they are first person tales, and as a result more intimate than Stevens' work.
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PhDrSeuss More than 1 year ago
i remember when i 1st read this book. i dont think i have ever read 1 that can rate up 2 shanes stevens by reason of insanity & i am talkin bout a book i read over 20+yrs ago. still till this day i can remember everythin bout it & what its bout. insanity can really b dangerous especially when it comes 2 bein thomas bishop, an 25yr old escaped mental patient. thomas is a very intelligent character who is also a mass murderer. what made him this way & makes him tick is very surprising. he has just bout everybody on his trail .... reporters, the mob, police..... & ends up b n 1 of greatest manhunt killers in america. hes like a number of real life serial killers all wrapped up n2 1. u decide which 1's he makes u think of. i have always (and still do) recommeneded this book 2 others & havent heard 1 complaint. just doin this review has tempted me 2 read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am about 3/4 of the way through this book and it has kept me really interested. Fascinating twists and turns and the insights into the mind of a madman are curious. I have no clue how the book will end but hope it has a true ending and not something unclear or open ended. I dont find the book terrifying but just a view into one crazy man's vision. So far - definitely worth reading.
knitter49 More than 1 year ago
Excellent in scaring the reader. Put yourself right in the story. You can be one of the characters as you read with the detectives on the case.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when it was first published in the 70's. I have read it every year since then. After all this time I'm still not sure of the ending!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought and read this book when it was originally published way back in the 70's and after all these years I have yet to read another serial killer thriller type book that equals it. Why this was never made into a movie is beyond me. If Silence of the Lambs gave you the chills and you enjoy serial killer thrillers then you'll love this. It's no doubt the Grand Daddy of them all! Belongs in the Hall of Fame for serial killer novels...highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 5x going on 6, and still cannot believe the depth and realty of the character - and the possibility that something like this could actually happen. I still find things that I've overlooked in past readings, and enjoy the 'thrill of the hunt' through the eyes of the investigators.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a teenager when I read this book, I have never forgot it, it is fantastic, I have bought the book maybe three times after that and I always lend out, but never get it back, when I get it again I will not lend it out to no one, for me it is a classic, it is one of the best book that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this novel sometime in 1985.i borrowed a friend who has refused to give it back to me. the author must be a psycologist or somebody who has lived with mad people before it is an outstanding novel
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! I read it in 99' and I am going to read it again and buy a copy for a friend. I believe the Author, either did alot of research on the criminally insane or is indeed insane himself, because I think of Thomas Bishop whenever I meet a cute stranger with a beautiful smile. Read this book!! i promise you, you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely THE SCARIEST BOOK ever written-the reader is pulled into a vacuum with the first sentence and enveloped in the horror as if he were the one needing the straight jacket. Impossible to put down, but when you finish, you are compelled to read it again.