The Love of a Bad Man


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A schoolgirl catches the eye of the future leader of Nazi Germany. An aspiring playwright writes to a convicted serial killer, seeking inspiration. A pair of childhood sweethearts reunite to commit rape and murder. A devoted Mormon wife follows her husband into the wilderness after he declares himself a prophet. Beautifully observed, fascinating, and at times horrifying, it’s a riveting exploration of the lengths some women will go to for the men they love.



Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author of Manson

“A rare combination of immense writing talent and wondrous imagination. You’ve never read a book quite like this one.”

Stephanie Dickinson, author of Love Highway

“Seductive and enthralling tales, explosive yet restrained … Writing this lyrically charged is rarely coupled with stories of true crime, and Woollett is a master of her craft. Dare to pick up this alluring book, because you won’t be able to put it down.”

Melanie Joosten, author of Berlin Syndrome

“With each finely tuned voice, Woollett draws empathy from abject horror. A confident and mesmerising performance.”

Ruth Wykes, co-author of Women Who Kill and Invisible Women

“Compelling and powerful … Woollett has inhabited the spirit of these various women in a manner both thought-provoking and touching”

Books+Publishing, ★★★★

“A genuinely fresh reading experience … we’re sure to hear a lot more from this talented writer in coming years.”


“The women in Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s assured short-fiction collection The Love of a Bad Man are the kind that get under your skin and stay there … These are considered portraits of flawed and fascinating women, offering a mature depiction of the lengths to which some will go for the men they love.”

The Lifted Brow

“The theme of Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s debut short story collection could be a Nick Cave concept album … Through the seductive prism of their lovers’ perspective, the aspects of these men’s characters that might horrify outsiders … are eroticised.”