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Murder by Kate Morgan

Murder: The Biography

Kate Morgan

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Imprint: Mudlark
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 29 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780008407339

THE CRIMES. THE STORIES. THE LAW 'Masterful' - Judith Flanders 'A page-turning read' - Prof. David Wilson Totally gripping and brilliantly told, Murder: The Biography is a gruesome and utterly captivating portrait of the legal history of murder.

4 stars out of 5
Dominic Sandbrook
25 Apr 2021

"This fascinating study shows how the crime that most intrigues us is hard to define"

As this book shows, human lives are not detective stories and there is rarely an easy or elegant solution. There are as many kinds of murder as there are kinds of human beings, which is why no legal definition can ever be entirely satisfying. And although it is natural to imagine ourselves as potential victims, Morgan’s book ends with a more unsettling thought. Most murderers, she says, are not monsters. They are simply “ordinary people who have found themselves in extraordinary situations, with fatal results. Their reaction to these situations may have been foolish, rash or badly judged — but seldom straightforwardly wicked.” They are, in other words, people like us.