Authors: Robert Sims
Tags: #Fiction, #Mystery & Detective, #General, #Sex Crimes, #Social Science
Others I owe particular thanks to include: criminal profiler Deb Bennett of the Victoria Police for her advice on the role and application of profiling; computer expert Ziad Haidar for his input on the cybernetic background; Professor Ray Nichols for sharing his observations on two and a half thousand years of politics and philosophy; London Broadcasting executive Peter Thornton for his humanist critique of consumer society values; David Wilsworth for his reflections on literary themes and social psychology; TV journalist Sylvia Lennan for her insights on the dynamics of sexual relationships; Essex nature poet Mervyn Linford for elucidating primal moods and motifs; BBC radio journalist Duncan Snelling for his informed views on the crime genre; Channel 4 correspondent Simon Israel for his analysis of the media and institutional bureaucracy; Nikki Davies for initiating the process of developing the novel and seeing its potential when no other agent did; publisher Louise Thurtell for her guidance on the plot and structure of the book; copy editor Ali Lavau for her uncanny attention to detail and engaging so thoroughly with the text; and finally my parents for their unstinting support always.
Note on quoted material
: p. v,
, Book of Psalms, Psalm 107: 10; pp. 146ff, Plato,
, bk 7, 515a-518d*; p. 153, Friedrich Nietzsche,
The Gay Science
, bk 3, sect. 108; p. 175, Lord Byron,
, canto 15, st. 99.
* For dramatic purposes, passages from
have been adapted to produce a streamlined extract. An authoritative version from the nineteenth century, by Benjamin Jowett, is still widely available, including on the internet. Among the modern translations, the one by Robin Waterfield (Oxford University Press, Oxford World’s Classics paperback, 1998) is a thoroughly readable rendering of Plato’s text.