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Soon to be an ITV drama, Des, starring David Tennant.

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award for Crime Non-Fiction.

Dennis Nilsen, who died in May 2018, murdered at least 15 people before his arrest in 1983. This ground-breaking criminal study of his killings was written with Nilsen's full cooperation, resulting in a fascinating - and horrifying - portrait of the man who worshipped death.

On February 9th 1983, Dennis Nilsen was arrested at his Muswell Hill home, after human remains had been identified as the cause of blocked drains. 'Are we talking about one body or two,' a detective asked. Nilsen replied 'Fifteen or sixteen, since 1978. I'll tell you everything.' 

Within days he had confessed to 15 gruesome murders over a period of four years. His victims, all young homosexual men, had never been missed. Brian Masters, with Nilsen's full cooperation, has produced a unique study of a murderer's mind, essential listening for true crime aficionados.

©1985 Brian Masters (P)2020 W F Howes

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"One of the most remarkable and accurate accounts ever written of the singular relationship between a mass murderer and a society.” (Observer

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Beautifully Written

Masters somehow captures the deepest reaches Of an admittedly cooperative subjects mind. You will be revolted, riveted and deeply moved. This is Not an average crime buff book. This is difficult to process on many levels, because it is so far beyond a factual account. No book better captures the tragic mind of a killer.

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Incredible story!

What a story! Shocking and sickening but also heart breaking as well. The whole range of emotions came flooding through. Unfortunately the narrator when speaking in the voice of Dennis sounded so much like Shrek that it somewhat spoiled the dramatic context of the book. Still highly recommended!

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THE BRIAN MASTERS PRIMER

This book is about Brian Masters. his opinions, his language, his tone. Dennis Nilsen is a mere carnation in his lapel. And the narrator should drop the impressions. Terrible.

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  • Lee
  • 11-09-2020

Killing for Company

First off Dennis Nielsen was a monstrous serial killer who deserved to die behind bars but this book shows him to be intelligent, articulate and someone who gave the appearance of being just a normal joe. Inwardly Nilsen harboured psychopathic tendencies which resulted in the deaths and dismemberment of young men whom he mostly pickup via gay bars. In the book Masters , using correspondence from Nilsen, suggests this behavior began with the death of his grandfather. This left him with feelings of loneliness, rage and the need to relate to death. Who knows..... I ‘enjoyed’ this book but it’s not for the faint hearted as it does contain some graphic descriptions of Nilsen actions against the bodies of his murder victims but it’s a book about a serial killer. So to sum up it’s interesting, well written, well narrated and well worth my time and money.

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  • Alison
  • 13-10-2020

A fascinating, unsettling and harrowing listen

I first read this book when I was a teenager, I think it was the first book about serial killers, and now 30 years later on audiobook, it’s no less difficult to hear because of Nilsen and his murders. As a Scot myself I thought the insights about Nilsen’s life and spiritual death in Scotland were, un usually, for an English writer accurate and unsensational, despite such clear dysfunction on which Mr Masters could have drawn upon to make the end even more horrible. The depictions of his life after leaving Scotland also rang true as I myself spent 15 long years in London tho unlike Dennis ( I’m no calling him Des, cos to me people who have to change their names usually have something to hide) i worked in mental health care and nursed many broken people, some of whom had killed and caused chaos to themselves and others. This is a must read/hear for those with a desire to understand what made Nilsen what he became but it’s no fir the faint hearted, as some of the depictions of his murders can and would and SHOULD disgust and repulse us. Hell is other people, like Dennis Andrew Nilsen. Now he’s dead at last he has peace and none of us will lose a loved one to his perverse sense of self.

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  • Mrs. D. I. Reynolds-hale
  • 16-10-2020

Not for the queasy.

I watched David Tennant's stunning performance as Neilson on TV and hoped the book might give an interesting insight into the character of the man. Had I realised that a good part of the book (as far as I have been able to read anyway) was in Neilson's own words, giving in the most grisly details the murder and dismemberment of his victims, then I wouldn't have touched it. Frankly it made me feel ashamed just to be listening to it. One to be returned I am afraid.

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  • Kate Swainson
  • 25-09-2020

Compelling and beautifully narrated.

such a compelling book and narrated perfectly to draw in and keep gripped to get a full understanding of why

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2020

Chilling

Last chapter went on far to long for me. The narrator was excellent though. It was a Horrific story off an evil twisted mind a must listen for true crime buffs

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  • Anne
  • 23-09-2020

started ok...

Started ok, but couldn't finish as seemed to go on and on, good early on but became bored.

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  • Daniel Hamilton
  • 23-11-2020

Lacking a bit of something

Decent book but I would have liked a few more insights into his thinking/mental make up. I

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  • Pauline Allen
  • 19-11-2020

Dissapointing

Parts were interesting but a great deal read like a literature review, with comments and conclusions written by an author, not a trained experienced psychiatrist. Quite boring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2020

A must for true crime reader

At times hard to comprehend a human can do this and at times made me cringe. Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2020

Wow!

Easily the best book I have listened to on Audible. Fantastically written and stunningly read.

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