From the reviews:
"Criminal Profiling: International Theory, Research and Practice, is a compilation of scholarly works by some 30 contributors from around the globe. … The book contains a mix of both interesting and insightful chapters … . this book may be of interest to those looking for international grounding or to academics looking for avenues for future research. Richard Kocsis should be commended on his continued efforts to lend scientific rigour to a field that is often a difficult research subject." (Melissa Martineau, Canadian Society of Forensic Science, May, 2008)
"Richard Kocsis presents us with a balanced, thoughtful, and insightful collection of papers dealing with the state of the art in criminal profiling at this point in time, along with suggestions about where future research needs to go. … In summary, this is a very intriguing and thoughtful book that has some excellent and very thought-provoking chapters. … this book is an excellent contribution to what is often a very misrepresented field." (David L. Shapiro, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (15), 2008)
"This book describes criminal profiling from the perspective of authors from many different countries. … The book is intended as a reference for forensic scientists, consultant forensic psychologists, and students. … deals with a broad spectrum of issues in the field of criminal profiling from an international perspective. It is full of research that links theory to practice. … is really for serious students of criminology. … enhanced by the contributions of authors from many different countries, providing cross-cultural comparisons." (Gary B Kaniuk, Doody’s Review Service, November, 2007)
From the Back Cover
The technique commonly referred to as ‘criminal profiling’ is one in which crime behaviours are evaluated to predict the likely attributes of an offender. In practice, the technique has enjoyed steady growth and interest over the past three decades. The present volume draws together research from scholars and practitioners from across the globe that examines from a range of multidisciplinary perspectives the use, application and value of this form of profiling.
The material canvassed throughout this text not only examines research and theoretical principles for the assessment of crimes, but extends to exploring the range of issues facing the theoretical development of criminal profiling and its practical, legal and professional practice. Topics include the examination of homicidal syndromes, the association of crime scene behavior patterns with offender characteristics, criminal propensity and opportunity, the identification of crimes committed by the same offender, the legal admissibility of profiling, its accuracy, and the problems confronting the contemporary practice of criminal profiling. This volume is likely to become an essential reference for forensic practitioners and students alike operating in the fields of criminology, law and policing and anyone with a genuine interest in the investigation and resolution of violent crime.