Magnetized: Conversations with a Serial Killer

(Author) (Translator)

Product Details

Publish Date
5.7 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Carlos Busqued was born in Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, Chaco, Argentina, in 1970 and lives in Buenos Aires. His first novel, Under This Terrible Sun, was a finalist for the 2008 Herralde Prize and later adapted for film (El Otro Hermano, Adrian Caetano, 2017). Magnetized is his second book.

Samuel Rutter is a writer and translator from Melbourne, Australia. His work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, and McSweeney's, and he is a regular contributor to T, the New York Times style magazine. He lives in Brooklyn.


Winner of the XXV Premio San Clemente Rosalía Prize

"Haunting and unsettling, Magnetized is a narrative that reminds us how little we know about the inner workings of serial killers." --Gabino Iglesias, NPR, One of the Best Books of the Year

"A chilling look inside a disordered mind." --People

"Fascinating . . . and a must-read for true crime fans." --Buzzfeed

"Magnetized by Carlos Busqued will make shivers run down your spine. Not since Netflix's The Confession Tapes have we been able to jump right into the mind of a cold-blooded killer. This book focuses on Busqued's conversations with serial killer Ricardo Melogno, who was found guilty of killing four taxi drivers in Buenos Aires in 1982." --Popsugar

"Even though we never get a satisfying answer to why Melogno killed the cab drivers, we do get a tantalizing look into the mind of someone who committed the unthinkable. And for many fans of true crime, that is enough." --Sarah Evans, Hippocampus Magazine

"One of the most unsettling, penetrating books in quite some time . . . This is a book that will subtly haunt its readers." --CrimeReads

"Serial killers will never not be compelling, but we risk much when we seek in them entertainment and diversion, without considering what the darkness means, or where it comes from. In Magnetized, Carlos Busqued seeks after some of that meaning in his conversations with Argentine serial killer Ricardo Melogno, who was convicted for the 1982 murders of four Buenos Aires taxi drivers, each one committed with cold precision. Busqued bolsters his conversations with forensic reports and newspaper stories, revealing a life lost before it has really begun, and the tragedy it visits upon the world." --Jonny Diamond, Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

"Busqued unnerves and entertains readers with this forensic tale synthesized from more than 90 hours of dialogue with a serial killer. The author's interviews with Ricardo Melogno detail not only his crimes, which took place during one week in 1982, but also his motivations--or lack thereof--and the killer's fascinating, disturbing psyche . . . Artfully rendered . . . The narrative is perfect for anyone fascinated by the criminal mind, the distinctions between mental illness and possession, or the concept of predestined evil. A truly visceral read that will not let readers look away." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Carlos Busqued's Magnetized is a thoroughly haunting work of nonfiction. It manages the difficult task of revisiting the life of someone who's done horrendous things and explaining the circumstances that brought them to that point. It does indeed offer a firsthand look into the life of a serial killer--but it does so without ever feeling sensationalistic or gratuitous." --Tobias Carroll, Words Without Borders

"A fascinating profile . . . This is a chilling look at a prison system unable to meet the needs of mentally ill inmates." --Library Journal

"A true-crime book that pulls no punches in covering a killer, but doesn't skimp on humanity, either . . . Not to be missed." --Booklist

"Without morbidness, sensationalism, or prejudice, Busqued seeks out the motive behind the killings but soon realizes the motive itself is a MacGuffin: the wanderings of this long conversation between author and murderer are what ultimately magnetize the reader. Sober in its narration and surgical in its execution, Magnetized is the most beautifully human text I've read in recent years." --María Gainza, author of Optic Nerve