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The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill

The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill
Author: David M. Buss
ISBN 13: 9780143037057
ISBN 10: 143037056
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2006-04-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $16.00

A leading psychologist profiles the killer in us all with this provocative, trailblazing work

Though we may choose to believe that murderers are pathological misfits or hardened criminals, evolutionary psychologist and acclaimed author David Buss has some sobering news. Based on years of unprecedented studies conducted around the globe and filled with riveting accounts of specific murders, The Murderer Next Door shows that the vast majority of murders are committed by ordinary people—and that the impulse to kill, far from being an aberration, has been hardwired by evolution into every human brain, where it awaits triggers that are stunningly familiar. Packed with revelatory information that overturns so much of what we think about ourselves, this riveting look into the underworld of the human mind will enthrall the legions of readers drawn to criminal profiling and true crime.