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ISBN-13: 978-1412980319 ISBN-10: 1412980313 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Second Edition edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412980313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412980319
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Northeastern University criminal justice professors Fox and Levin distinguish serial murder from mass murder and note five distinct motives: power, revenge, loyalty, prfit, and terorr.  [They] discuss all of this in some detail, but the main impression they leave is that it is difficult to generalize about serial killlers orm ass murderers  Recommended." (D. Harper Choice Magazine)

"The authors provide a well-constructed introduction to the plethora of subjects that attribute to the multifaceted extreme types of murder...In sum, this book provides a comprehensive overview of multiple homicide and provides case examples to illustrate commonalities between types or as a means of differentiating between forms of extreme killing" -Laura Barrett, Sam Houston State University (Laura Barrett) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, has written 18 books, including Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College. He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and writes the “Crime and Punishment” blog for The Boston Globe. In addition to giving keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court, Fox has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He was awarded the 2007 Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty and the 2008 Klein Lectureship by Northeastern University.



Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 31 books, including Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers—Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books and more than 150 columns in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Sunday London Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crime and Delinquency from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


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James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy, holding a joint faculty appointment in the College of Criminal Justice and the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University. He has written 18 books, including The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder (Allyn & Bacon), Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder (Sage) and a forthcoming title, Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College (Praeger). He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, primarily in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He has also published nearly 200 op-ed columns in newspapers around the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and USA Today, and wrote a bi-weekly column in the Boston Herald in 2006-2007. As an authority on homicide, he frequently appears on national television news programs, including the Today Show, Meet the Press, Dateline, and 20/20, and is regularly interviewed by the press. He was profiled in a two-part cover story in USA Today, in feature stories in the New York Times and the Scientific American, as well as in other media outlets. He also served as a consulting contributor for Fox News following the 9/11 terrorist attack and as an NBC News Analyst during the DC Sniper case. Fox often gives lectures and expert testimony, including over 100 keynote or campus-wide addresses around the country, 16 appearances before the U.S. Congress, White House meetings with President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Gore on youth violence, private briefings to Attorney General Reno on trends in violence, and a presentation for Princess Anne of Great Britain. He served on President Clinton's advisory committee on school shootings, and a Department of Education Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools. He chaired a blue ribbon panel for the city of Seattle investigating the March 2006 Capitol Hill massacre, and has been a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on the measurement of homicide trends. Finally, Fox was honored in 2007 by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty with the Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment scholarship and by Northeastern University with the 2008 Klein Lectureship.

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23 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Blazak on July 23, 2007
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Fox and Levin are leading authors in the field of criminolgy. Jack Levin's books on hate crimes are among the best academic work on the subject and I assign them to my students. That's why I was surprised at the non-academic tone of this book. It utilizes some research but reads more like a true-crime book, full of all the gory (and super-gory) details. It's too much to ask students to read (although the sections on profiling are very good). The sources used are also questionable. Dr. Joyce Bothers? The worst is James Dobson, right-wing homophobe for Jesus and leader of the quasi-hate group, Focus on the Family, as an "expert" on the impact of pornography. Dobson has no place in an acedemic text, unless it's one of Levin's books on hate.

The "Massacres" section of the book has lots of valuable insights on mass murders and my students are reading it now, but if you are looking for the definitve research on serial killers, I would suggest Eric Hickey's "Serial Murderers and Their Victims." And hopefully the second edition of "Extreme Killing" will focus on the research.
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By Lance on June 5, 2014
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I recommend this title for anyone who is really interested in learning about serial killings and mass murders and such things as that. It is really easy to read and HIGHLY entertaining if you're into that type of stuff!!
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Interesting book. I purchased in for a college course. Not something I would have ordinarily purchased if it weren't a requirement for my course but over all actually a pretty good read.
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By Sarah on November 2, 2013
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We use this book for my serial killers class. I like that it reads more like a lecture than a textbook but provides tons of information.
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