Now the hit ITV true crime drama DES, starring David Tennant, and the follow-up documentary The Real 'Des'
Brian Masters has written over twenty books on subjects as diverse as French literature, the dukedoms in Great Britain, E.F. Benson and Marie Corelli. His groundbreaking study of mass murderer Dennis Nilsen, Killing for Company, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 1985. He is also highly regarded for his journalism.
Brian Masters has given us a full, well-ordered, dispassionate
account of Nilsen's life and crimes * The Times *
A comprehensive and compelling account * Financial Times *
Brian Masters can rest assured that the job he undertook with such obvious doubts was one worth doing * Spectator *
Probably the best thing of its kind since In Cold Blood...a classic study in criminal mentality * Yorkshire Post *
Quite brilliant in its assimilation of the facts... Killing for Company is a book that needed to be written, and has been executed with extreme skill and good sense * Time Out *
A seminal look into the criminal mind * Daily Mail *
Simultaneously gripping and repellent... I feel confident that I will not read again in 1985 a more fascinating and repulsive tale, be it fact or fiction * Literary Review *
The book is a perceptive and at times coldly brutal assessment of Nilsen's psychology * Daily Mirror *
An important book which screams to be read * New Statesman *
A compelling and remarkable book... through Masters' fine writing the reader suspends his nausea for the crimes, and concentrates with Nilsen on his motives and himself * The Listener *