Luca tackles a subject close to my heart… professionally speaking of course!


Dead Gone Front CoverAs part of my studies at university, I wrote an essay about the motivations of serial killers. Here, I expand on that essay to talk about serial killers in fiction and how the fictional measures up to the criminological studies carried out in reality. I used a lot of this research when writing Dead Gone, the first book in the DI Murphy and DS Rossi series –

This is meant to spark a debate, so please feel free to correct, discuss, and converse in the comments below…

The Motivations of the Serial Killer

There’s a certain aspect of the crime genre which has become more and more popular during the past twenty something years. That of the serial killer. So many crime fiction writers have utilised the serial killer in the course of their career, going back to Agatha Christie through to the likes of Ruth Rendell and beyond…

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About Col Bury

Col Bury is the former crime editor of award winning ezine, Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers. Col's short stories can be found scattered around the net, and in anthologies, including, The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 9, 10 & 11. He is the author of the eBooks, Manchester 6 and The Cops of Manchester. Col's debut crime novel, MY KIND OF JUSTICE was published by Caffeine Nights in 2015. He blogs, reviews and interviews crime authors at
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