- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Academic Press; 3 edition (September 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0123819865
- ISBN-13: 978-0123819864
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the second edition:
"The authors have described a very generalizable and useful interviewing technique that is easy to learn, simple to use, and can significantly improve the ability to discern truth from deception in a manner that is both interesting and engaging."--J Police Crim Psych (2008) 23:45-47
"The authors show how applying the techniques identified in the book can achieve desired investigative results. The new edition is also timely in that the authors address purported methods or torture, such as waterboarding, in our post-9-11 society. The text remains a valuable reference for those who practice the art and science of investigations, and for readers or prior editions, this updated version’s new content merits a second looks."--Security Management
About the Author
Nathan J. Gordon is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, where he developed the Forensic Assessment Interview and Integrated Interrogation Technique. He is an expert forensic psycho-physiologist and an internationally recognized expert in the field of Forensic Assessment Interviewing and Interrogation. He has lectured and conducted seminars on these subjects to thousands of law enforcement, intelligence and private security officers throughout the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Gordon, a recognized innovator in the field of truth verification, has had his work recognized in publications among which is, Forensic Psychophysiology; Use Of The Polygraph, by James Allen Matte. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Polygraph Association, numerous committees for the American Polygraph Association, and is a Director of the Vidocq Society. Mr. Gordon lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children, and grandson.
William L. Fleisher is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training. He was the Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Philadelphia Office of the U. S. Customs Service. Mr. Fleisher is a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and/officer with the Philadelphia Police Department. He has over 33 years of experience in law enforcement.
An internationally recognized expert in Behavioral Symptom Analysis, Mr. Fleisher is the author of the U. S. Customs technical manual on Behavioral Analysis. He is a founder and first Commissioner of the Vidocq Society, an organization of forensic experts who assist law enforcement and victim's families in unsolved homicides and is also a member of the American Polygraph Association. Mr. Fleisher lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife and four children.
Top customer reviews
It is easy to read with numerous real life examples of successful interviews and interrogations.
I bought this after becoming enamoured of the crime novelist Jeffrey Deaver's character Kathyrn Dance, an investigator specialising in interview and interrogation. As usual, Mr Deaver had done some homework, and was proud to list his sources in the first novel in the series. Unfortunately, I'd lost all my references, so I thought I'd purchase this volume to find out more about the area.
I wish I hadn't. This work is beyond abysmal and titanically expensive, to boot.
I feel rather sorry for the authors (now in their twilight years, it would seem), since they intend their work as a pioneering text with all the academic apparatus that a work in such a young field would require: footnotes, references, supporting evidence, etc. I would really, really like to think the authors know what they are talking about, but at every turn I am dumbfounded by their naivete. The book just comes across as a dimwit's idea of what an academic work is. Have you ever seen a 15-year old boy who think he's James Bond? That's as close an analogy as I can get.
Every attempt the authors make at academic justification is just wrong, wrong, wrong. When they introduce an authority, they don't simply cite the work, they go out of their way to describe a biography, as though they are selling weight-loss products on late-night TV. In an academic work, one would refer to, for example, "the SCAN method (Sapir, 1987)". In this book, it comes out as:
"In the late 1980s, Avinoam Sapir immigated to the United States and began teaching a method of statement analysis he created, SCAN. Sapir, with a background in code breaking for...."
No, guys, Avinoam's biography says nothing about the validity of his method, and you show your amateurism by implying that his bio does just that. Wrong, wrong, wrong. This book is full of such examples
Nor could the authors afford a decent editor. The exact same illustrations are printed several times through the book, some with captions, some with out. Many portions of text are repeated.
But what of the actual techniques the authors propose? I give you chapter 6, Forensic Statement Analysis (pages 59-89). As a case study, the authors give the statements of four suspects involved in a furs (!) robbery subjected to Mr Sapir's SCAN questionaire, as refined by the authors themselves. The authors declare that the sophisticated SCAN questionaire can winkle out the dastardly villain. After answering the inscrutable questionaire, what fiendishly subtle question gave the real crook away? I reveal the exchange to you, dear reader, as quoted on page 83:
"Did you take any of those missing furs?"
"Ye -- No."
Brilliant! God help us if police forces around the world are actually using it as some sort of manual.