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Will to Kill, The: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By James Alan Fox, Jack A. Levin, Kenna Quinet

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jun 7, 2011

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For undergraduate courses in homicide or violent behavior; and as a supplementary text for more general courses in criminology, deviance, and social problems.


This thoroughly revised and updated text is about the circumstances in which people kill one another. Authored by renowned experts, it reviews homicide laws, introduces theories purporting to explain murder, and presents up-to-date statistical data identifying homicide patterns and trends. It covers topics ranging from domestic and workplace homicide to cult and hate killings; murder committed by juveniles to serial slayings. Finally, it examines criminal justice responses to homicide, including the strategies and tactics employed to apprehend, prosecute, and punish killers. Virtually every chapter in this edition has undergone significant revision. In particular, this edition reflects recent legislative changes and Supreme Court decisions, includes new case examples, and contains extensively expanded discussions of family and school homicide.

Table of Contents

1. The Lure and the Law of Homicide

2. Explaining the Will to Kill

3. The Killers and their Victims

4. Intimate and Family Murder

5. The Young and the Ruthless

6. Well-Schooled in Murder

7. Serial Killers

8. Medical Murder

9. Rampage

10. Hate Homicides

11. Murderous Terror

12. Cult Killings

13. Catching Killers

14. Getting Away with Murder, or Not

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Will to Kill, The: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition
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$30.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-801378-3