In recent years, fire-raising has become an increasing problem in Britain and elsewhere, and now involves many professionals in the investigation and management of those who set fires. The motives of fire-raisers are complex and their behaviour is hard to change. Herschel Prins sets the problem in an historical and anthropological context, examines the size of the problem, its investigation and motivation, in a way which will enable more effective management.
`This book provides an extremely readable, comprehensive and invaluable survey of fire setting.' - Forensic Update
`… both readable and useful. … the references are a useful guide to further study for the practitioner.' - British Journal of Social Work
`… a mass of informative data of great use to professionals and those in the caring agencies who may be involved with treating fire-raising offenders' - British Journal of Criminology
`… a good introductory book on the subject and would be useful to student psychologists and to anyone generally interested in the subject.' - Arene Kerrigan, Psychologist, HMP Wandsworth