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BORN TO BE KILLERS (True Crime) Kindle Edition

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Length: 576 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Ray Black is an investigative journalist based in Brighton. He has spent the past 25 years specialising in police cases, crimes and criminals and has written many highly regarded newspaper and magazine articles about his investigations

Product Details

  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press; 010 edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ5758
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on March 22, 2012
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This kindle book lists types of killers and some background information. Slowly though it seemed to become more abrupt as if the author was trying to hurry and finish. That is why I gave 4/5 I wish that the ending chapters were as complete as the earlier ones. The English phrasing could be a bit on the annoying side as well (I am not sure why, must be the grade school teacher in the back of my mind-editing what it feels is wrong.) I was able to ignore it mostly though,and did enjoy the book overall. I've actually seen quite a few of the mentioned cases on crime shows such as "Deadly Women" on Investigation Discovery, but still there were a couple that I hadn't heard of and those were actually pretty detailed, which made the book more interesting to read. I would recommend this to people that like to crime shows and aren't easily distracted by the British/English wording/phrasing that is used. I am not disappointed in purchasing this title and would buy something similar/from the same author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelpie on November 6, 2012
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The only problem I have with this book is that it covers a lot of the same criminals we have read of often before.There is not much difference to other authors.
However,it is still an interesting read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri J Rowe on January 30, 2013
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This book was a great short story read. When you have limited time and want to read a few minutes and are interested in true crime this would be a great short story read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Durham on August 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Yeah I couldn't find the authors name either. I'm not surprised, I'm half convinced it was written by someone's dear old doddering uncle and put out as a vanity publication. Full of typos, dates off by a hundred years.
Don't buy it but if you want a bit of a laugh see if you can get it from the library and learn what happens when unedited works get thrust on the unsuspecting public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hanson on July 11, 2007
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I am embarrassed that I bought this book. It is full of typos and grammatical errors. There is a least one of each on every page. The book is almost entirely the opinions of the author, and when a story involves multiple names, they are often mixed up. The very beginning of the chapter on the James Bulger murder mixes up the names of the two murderers calling them "Jon Thomson and Robert Venables" only to switch it back for the rest of the chapter. One chapter mentions a person, aged 22 and then on the very next page refers to them as the missing baby in the case. This book is a joke and I only gave it one star because there was no option for zero stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Karr on October 29, 2006
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What's going on? I just bought this book second-hand, and here I am on [...], reading more about child killer Mary Bell, and the similarities are almost word-for word! Amazon says this book was written by Ray Black, although the book doesn't actually claim an author, and the entry on Mary Bell on crimelibrary.com was written by Shirley Lynn Scott. Who plagirized who, though? This book was published in 2004, but I'm not sure when Shirley wrote her article on crime library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Lynn on August 7, 2007
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Hi, this is Shirley Lynn Scott. Just saw this review, and want to point out my Crime Library article on Mary Bell was written in 2000. If this book was written in 2004, then the author may have unfortunately relied on my article without proper reference. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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By Victoria Woodhull on September 5, 2008
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For years I taught various English courses in a community college. Now I know what happens to people who don't make it through English 100. They write unsigned books like this one.

Besides the problems already mentioned, the language is muddy, the research is shoddy, and the typos are startling. For example, Thomas Wainewright must have the longest criminal career in history. He poisoned his uncle in 1828. He then poisoned his wife's half-sister in 1930.

The isssue of plagarism was already mentioned, but no one noted the author's habit of plagarising from himself. Often the same facts (and the same sentences) are repeated verbatim.

At best, this is a weak first draft. It is not a finished product, just a murdered one.

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