Lively and engaging, Understanding Homicide impressively fills an important gap in the current criminological literature.. an authoritative and readable text on homicide.. Keith Soothill, Lancaster University, UK. 'The book is very good from a pedagogic perspective which will make it an excellent student textbook.. This is a serious academic book that will be of great benefit to researchers, students and practitioners.' - British Society of Criminology. Why do people kill? How is homicide investigated? How can it be prevented? Here is a comprehensive and challenging text unravelling the phenomenon of homicide. The author combines original analysis with a lucid overview of the key theories and debates in the study of homicide and violence. In introducing the broad spectrum of different features, aspects and forms of homicide, Brookman examines its patterns and trends, how it may be explained, its investigation and how it may be prevented. The book is unique in its focus, coverage and style and bridges a major gap in criminological literature. Whilst focused in several respects upon the UK experience of homicide, the text necessarily draws upon and makes a significant contribution to international literature, research and debate.