Disordered Minds

Disordered Minds

by Minette Walters

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When a local councillor and an anthropologist re-investigate the controversial murder conviction of a mentally retarded 20-year-old, they're unprepared for the disturbing facts that come to light--and the personal demons with which they must come to terms.

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ISBN-13: 9780425199350
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 4.38(w) x 7.48(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Minette Walters is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels of intrigue, most recently The Breaker. Walters won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel in 1992, with her debut novel The Ice House. Rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the most exciting crime novelists writing today, her second novel, The Sculptress, was acclaimed by critics as one of the most compelling and powerful novels of the year and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for the best crime novel published in America in 1993. In 1994, Minette Walters achieved a unique triple when The Scold’s Bridle was awarded the Crime Writers of America Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year. Her following novels, The Dark Room and The Echo, were also published to further critical acclaim and international best-selling success.

Walters work has been translated into thirty-two languages and adapted for television. Her first five novels have been adapted for BBC Television with huge success. She has worked as a magazine editor, and is now a full-time writer.


Dorchester, Dorset, England

Date of Birth:

September 26, 1949

Place of Birth:

Bishop¿s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England


B.A. in French, Dunelm (Durham University), 1971

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Disordered Minds 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1970 Bournemouth, Dorset, the public is upset with the brutal murder of fifty-seven years old Grace Jefferies that is so reminiscent of the Manson clan. A few days later the police announce that Grace¿s bizarre twenty-years old grandson Howard Stamp confessed after being held for questioning for thirty-six hours. A year later, a jury convicts Howard. While incarcerated Howard was abused by his peers until less than two years after his conviction he committed suicide......................... Three decades later, sexagenarian councilor George Gardener believes that Stamp was guilty of being retarded and different and never killed his grandmother. Gardener has uncovered evidence that he feels might posthumously exonerate Stamp, but the justice system is satisfied with the neat ending. Gardener learns that thirty something years old anthropologist Dr Jonathan Hughes is researching case studies for a book Disordered Minds that he is writing that includes a chapter on Stamp. Gardner thinks he has an ally who might awaken the public that a travesty occurred. However, will the academic risk his reputation on a dead loner who in many ways reminds him of his own childhood that he prefers to forget?.......................... This is an exhilarating thriller that makes the key players seem genuine by selectively providing ¿chapters¿ from Hughes book. The story line is action-packed as Gardner makes his case while Hughes wants to hide from the evidence because his own could have easily paralleled that of Stamp. He begins to believe the real killer lurks waiting to murder again. Readers will be hooked from start to finish wondering if Gardener is right or just soothing his soul for failing at defending his client....................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot of the book was good, but the way it was written, using pages of e-mails, police reports and other correspondence, was annoying. The characters were flat and the whole thing moved a bit slowly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Walters has written one of her signature psychological studies into the disordered minds of killers everywhere. The characters are portrayed very believably and I found Councillor George Gardener particularly likable. The relationship established between George and the author Jonathan Hughes added a note of warmth and humanity to an otherwise nasty cast of manipulators, liars, and severely damaged people. I would recommend this book especially to those who have yet to experience Ms Walters's work. It would be a good introduction.
Ericnwest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a ponderous, poorly-structured, weakly-plotted disappointment! Replete with so-called email exchanges intended to advance the weak plot and elucidate the thinking of protagonists, it disappoints at every turn. I finished it (I think - it did not really end!) only because I started it. Flow is poor, characters are shadows and plot is twisty. Do not waste your time.
Clurb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A troubled academic teams up with an amateur criminologist to debunk a ruling of murder from 30 years ago. Whilst doing so they manage to dig up the past and make a number of people's lives a misery whilst handily coming to terms with their own issues and forging an unlikely friendship. At times this book felt rather too long and meandering but was ultimately passable.
BCCJillster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
odd couple sleuths (councilwoman and author/professor with identity problems). Good plotting. Starts with rape of teen and murder of a neighbor 30 years earlier. As usual, Walters explores interior stories as the plot expands. She doesn't rely on stereotypes, so her characters stand free.
PirateJenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story begins with a story--a young man convicted of murdering his grandmother through a confession that appeared to be forced. His mental capacity wasn't all that high and naturally the police needed to find a killer. This was in 1970, before DNA, which an author is convinced would have exonerated not only him but other boys with mental defects who confessed to murders in means that were possibly coerced. Howard then commits suicide in prison three years later. In the present (well 2002ish), a woman reads the book and the story about Howard and writes to Jonathan, the author. Seems she lives on the same street where the murder happened. In trying to prove Howard's innocence, Jonathan and George discover a rather twisted past involving the disappearance of a young girl that at first glace seemingly has nothing to do with the murder of Howard's grandmother. But in an area that's normally quiet, can two such odd things happening within a week of each other really be unconnected?
pocket_saviour on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-plotted thriller written in Walters' usual fluid and competent prose. The plot revolves around the collaborative efforts of an elderly female councillor and a younger male academic to clear the name of a man wrongly convicted of murder some thirty years before. Their investigations reveal that the disappearance of a young girl at around the same time could hold the key to finding the real murderer.Set against the backdrop of the Iraq conflict, the book explores racial identity and prejudice; but the real lesson here is that we are a product of our environments and upbringing. We can either choose to rise above them and walk our own paths - or use our past suffering as an excuse to abuse and manipulate everyone around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books because the characters are always so intriguing, and the psychology so fascinating. Yet they are so easy to read that one can hardly put them down!
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