Serial Crime: A Criminological and Psychological Analysis goes beyond the study of serial murder, creating a field of serial studies with other violent crimes most notably: rape, sex offenders, stalking, and arson. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field, utilizing case studies to help the reader get a grounded perspective on how the offender operates and their mindset when committing their crime.
This second edition explores investigative issues such as profiling, case linkage, and the importance of establishing an expert task force when dealing with these elusive offenders. One of the main features of the text, which separates it from other readers, is the use of psychological and criminological theories to help explain the underlying motivations for each offender covered. The book closes with a model theory exploring similarities of violent serial offenders with an attempt to create a definition of serial offenders showing the common linkage issues of the offenders covered in the book.