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Great book, contains subtle negativism.
on November 7, 1999
Mr. Turvey's book is a very informative approach to Criminal Profiling. Without a doubt this work is an excellent addition to the many books on Serial Crime and Criminal Profiling that have flooded the market place recently. It is a text book approach to this multidisaplinary topic which does add some originality to this latest addition to the genre. However, the author takes a few brief departures throughout his discourses to throw out subtle, but negative critiques of retired and former FBI profilers. Turvey, though well educated, is still a bit too new to the profession to come off this judgemental of those that have gone before him. His somewhat deliberate bashing and relatively inaccurate criticisms of Profiler's John Douglas, Robert Ressler and Joel Norris PHD, really have no place in an otherwise excellent work. Turvey's claim that Douglas and Ressler advocate and employ only the inductive method of Criminal Profiling is ofcourse inaccurate as well. These statements are unfortunate and one would only have to read John Douglas's book 'Mind Hunter', or Ressler's 'I have lived in the monster', to know that these comments are false. Those who are interested in a more applied approach to Criminal Profiling, with fewer memoirs, will not be disappointed though, it is packed with usefull information. I would however recommend a more cost effective and entertaining book, John Douglas's new book 'Anatomy of Motive'.