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Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime 1st Edition

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Grade 9 Up--This volume covers all manner of violence--mostly American--from "Cyberstings" to "In Cold Blood" and "Drug Trade" to the "Beltway Snipers." The more than 200 entries range in length from one paragraph to several pages with multiple subheadings. Arrangement is alphabetical, with a few anomalies ("Violence in the Media" is found between "Timothy McVeigh" and "Medical Murders"). However, a helpful "Reader's Guide" categorizes entries by topic at the beginning of the book. Almost all entries have see-also references and solid suggestions for further reading; very few have photographs. The preface is good reading as it puts violent crime in the U.S. into perspective and gives narrative attention to some tough terms and concepts. Hickey has assembled an extensive set of contributors, and the articles range from straightforward and dull to slightly more dynamic. The most interesting and useful elements are the appendixes. They cover historical criminological theorists and their tenets, several charts on serial killers (including monikers, which is helpful for ready reference), and domestic and international organized crime. A glossary explains some necessary terms in paragraph format. This volume has a broader scope than similar sources and will be particularly useful in high schools with criminal-justice programs.--Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
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Edited by a specialist in criminal psychology, this volume contains more than 200 signed entries from more than 116 contributors on a variety of topics related to violent crime and murder. The majority of the alphabetically arranged entries can be divided into two categories: biographies of murderers or violent groups and overviews of theories of violence, legal processes, or types of violence. There are also several short articles on issues that do not address violence directly but are related somehow (e.g., The Brady Bill). The biographical entries range from less than one page for Al Capone and Jack the Ripper to four or five pages for Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden. While the focus is on American criminals and crime, there are several entries for international figures (for example, Andrei Chikatilo, the "Russian Ripper"). The articles on types of violence average three to four pages and cover the expected topics (Rape, School shootings, Serial murder, and Stalking are but a few). Articles on court or legal procedure also average three to four pages and are written in clear language. The most interesting component is the inclusion of articles related to theories of violence, such as Aggression: Psychological theories and Violent behavior: Personality theories. This gives the book a psychological and sociological slant that sets it apart from similar publications, such as Encyclopedia of American Crime (2d ed., Facts On File, 2000).

Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime is a good single-volume introductory source. It is written in a very readable style and presents controversial topics without bias. It is well indexed and includes listings of murderers and organized crime figures in the appendixes. For libraries that own the three-volume Violence in America (Scribner, 1999), this would be a useful companion purchase as it contains information from recent headlines (for example, the Beltway Snipers and Andrea Yates) and provides better coverage of the psychological aspects of violence and crime. A superior purchase for academic and public libraries. RBB
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SAGE Publications, Inc; 1st edition (July 22, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 550 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 076192437X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0761924371
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.75 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.76 x 1.53 x 11.3 inches
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