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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Voice; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341268
  • ASIN: B0046HAIXC
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The Profiler is the rare book that takes a complex topic and simplifies, rather than compounds, its mystique. Pat Brown has a distinct voice, which discernibly captures moments of despair, humor, and levity." -- John Valeri,

"The best true story crime book I've ever read."

"A rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes." --The Today Show, NBC

"Explosive!" --Levi Page, host,

"The crimes detailed shock and intrigue, Brown's experiences captivate, but the meat of The Profiler is found in the issues regarding attitudes toward profiling and the need for increased training of investigators."

About the Author

Pat Brown is a nationally known profiler and founder and CEO of the Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE) and the Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. She holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Boston University and developed the first accredited Criminal Profiling and Investigative Analysis program in the country for Excelsior College, where she is an adjunct professor. She appears on national television and radio often--more than 1,000 times in the past decade to discuss high-profile cases. Brown lives in Minnesota and Maryland.

Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of several best-selling biographical, business, management and sports books, including Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, The Profit Zone: Lessons of Strategic Genius from the People Who Created the World's Most Valued Companies, and Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion. Bob Andelman also produces and hosts the popular "Mr. Media Interviews" podcast on BlogTalkRadio.

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Customer Reviews

The book is very repetitive.
Amazon Customer
Pat Brown describes several cases and criminals but never shows evidence of her "profiles" actually solving any crimes.
A Customer
She is always right, even though no one supports her, believes her or listens to her.

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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By amazonbuyer on May 13, 2010
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I knew nothing about Pat Brown before reading this book. The title piqued my interest because I'm becoming more curious about lies as they pertain to "normal" people in their relationships as well as in criminals.

I found out that Ms. Brown is a bit of a celebrity in the area of criminal profiling. She has made a name for herself because she is on a mission to get a system created whereby various states and counties across the U.S. can "talk" to one another. This way, as criminals migrate from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, they will leave tracks that the law enforcement community can follow. I commend her for this. The best way to make progress happen when facing many roadblocks (funding, attitudes, politics) is to get the media to highlight the need. The more people hear about this need, the more they will be willing to push their local, state, and national governmental to fund the program.

The case files were interesting. I started to understand that, even if a person is murdered and there is strong evidence pointing to a crime, there is no mandate in our legal system requiring "that the person who committed the crime be prosecuted" (p. 196 of advance uncorrected proof). Often the movement of a case is determined by manpower, funding, and the political landscape. At times it was a little discouraging as I realized that, even though our justice system is a decent one, it has much room for improvement. But whether or not it gets the changes necessary depends on funding and politics. In the meantime, justice is not served for many people.

The most sobering cases in "The Profiler" involved two suicides. Brown describes the extreme sorrow, denial, and guilt of those left behind. She states that "Profilers get called in on suicides more than any other kind of death.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Charles King on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This fictional novel tells the story of an average, white, middle-class woman who above all better judgment decides to embark on a heroic journey of vapid speculation and finger pointing. Armed with a general arts degree, and all the books she could find about crime, she rushes to the aid of her ego. In a desperate attempt to prove to everyone that she doesn't care what they think she fills her days with pestering others under the guise of things-most-certainly-not-self-indulgence. Our heroine is an army of one against logic, social politeness and anyone else who thinks she might be wrong. Just when it seems like she might not do anything, she shows them all by conquering the "Yell The Loudest" contest at the county fair!

Under the weight of everyone pretending she's a busybody she springs into action repeating what everyone knows, several times, until she's made the chapter long enough to look like a chapter. This fish-out-of-water tale will have you yawning with excitement as you realize.. and then re-realize just how much she's not a racist because she totally has black friends and even married an african-american man once and then even tells you about it all just so you know how much of a non-issue it is. Experience the highs as our heroine "told-you-so's" her ex-husband, experience the lows as no one in any professional field takes her seriously, and experience the devastating neutrality as every chapter finishes utterly anti-climactically.

This is probably the best crime fiction novel of th--sorry, just one second. Okay, my partner has just informed me that this is not a work of fiction. Wow.. I feel a bit silly now, pretty much just wasted the whole weekend reading this book thinking it was some kind of terribly ironic hipster crime novel. This is non-fiction? Okay..
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alfred J. Neuman on July 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Readers have made excellent comments on this book, so I won't repeat what everyone has said. I admire her for her entirely self-made career and her insights into cases that were mishandled from the start. I think the most critical point she makes is that early investigators on a crime scene often compose a narrative and then only admit facts into it that backs up the original narrative, dismissing any facts that could lead in a different direction. That's crucial to any investigation. (See Dave Eggers book, the title of which I can't recall, about wrongly imprisoned individuals who were convicted because they "probably" committed the crime. Most of the cases are just egregious. Or read his book Zeitoun, about a man imprisoned and subjected to severe abuse after Hurricane Katrina, when all he had been doing is feeding people's abandoned dogs. Both those books are eye-openers and well written.)

Besides Brown's book being rambling and self-involved, two things struck me. For a person who claims to look only for facts and not theories, I was amazed that she could dismiss the whole subject of learning disabilities as "bunk," without offering any reasons or arguments, as well as decide to home school her children because she found the school system highly objectionable, but again, without offering a single reason for it. But the worst theorizing without facts was her incredible stereotyping of how a male and female spouse would react to their partner's not coming home anywhere near on time. The man would fall asleep, and the woman would hope her partner was dead, because she was going to kill him otherwise. For a person who claims to stick only to facts, she offers here the most stereotyped gender behavior analysis one could think of.
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