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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a fascinating and thorough examination into the world of serial crime. The author takes us on a journey many have never seen and definitely beyond the realm of television crime dramas.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to demystify profiling, promote the realistic rather than the media portrayal of profiling, and to study the topic of serial crime in a more systematic way. This book examines the theoretical and practical foundation on which behavioral profiling is based. The book also successfully aims to provide the reader with an objective source considering how many "arm-chair experts" there have been introduced into the field. The book not only exceeds the author's objectives but mine as well.
Audience: Clearly, this book is for the trained forensic clinician, criminologist, law enforcement officials, etc. However, this book would serve as a primer for graduate study especially since it is objective and sets a solid base for understanding the nature of criminals and their activity. The author is highly credible in his field.
Features: This book provides the reader with not just a foundation of knowledge but the recognition and reminder that there is a high level of responsibility to being a profiler or researcher in forensics. There are excellent examples throughout the book on the various topics of serial stalking, serial rape, serial murder, and the fascinating area of serial arson. The reader gets into the mind of the criminal and the profiler as the criminal profiling methods are described, but what makes this book unique is the way the author highlights the pitfalls and errors which can happen along the way.
Assessment: The need for an empirical, unbiased examination of the field of forensic psychology is long overdue. The author and contributing authors deserve an overwhelming applause for their real world focus and true usage of behavior profiling. Clearly, a stand alone book and a much-needed contribution to the field.