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"Pat Brown takes us into the very minds of cold-blooded killers. Most people can't comprehend the `why' behind murder. Pat, utilizing her background as one of the country's leading criminal profilers, coaches the reader as to how a killer thinks, reacts, and kills! Incredible!"―Nancy Grace, host of Nancy Grace on HLN and bestselling author of The Eleventh Victim

"I've been in law enforcement for almost 18 years now, and after reading The Profiler, I realize how little I understood the mind of the criminal. Pat Brown exposes the methods and the means, the hows and the whys, and exactly what it is that makes a criminal tick--fascinating!"―Stacy Dittrich, author of Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill and veteran police officer and law enforcement media consultant

"Anyone who has ever had a passion burning inside them to make a difference should read this book. Pat takes her life experience and brings it to the forefront to make a difference in the lives of crime victims and their families. Her insight into these cases takes profiling of criminals to a whole new level. From her work and wisdom comes the hope we all need to end the viciousness of killers who prey on the innocent."―Derek VanLuchene, president and founder of Ryan United

"In her new book, Pat Brown takes the reader along with her as she works to solve grisly crimes that have baffled others. In her relentless pursuit to illuminate what seem to be hopeless cases, she shows just how deep an investigator must dig and all the details that must be absorbed and interpreted."―Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D., author of Inside the Criminal Mind

"In The Profiler, Pat Brown finally explains the sometimes spooky world of criminal profiling in a way that even an old-school, ex-flatfoot cop like me can understand. This book is a great insight into the mind of a serial killer hunter."―Chuck Hustmyre, retired ATF agent and author of the true crime books Killer with a Badge and An Act of Kindness

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341268
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a former and original profiler, extensively trained by the FBI, and I did many profiles of cases for over 10 years. I 'invented' a profiling class and continue to teach it at a community college in Colorado. I was a police officer in Southern California for 10 years, and retired from the FBI with over 20 years of service. I have done hundreds of investigations and literally thousands of interviews. I have trained hundreds of officers in the concepts of criminal profiling. I am still called upon to add my opinions of cases in the USA, and Canada, and have recently written a book "FBI Diary: Field Profiler." (Not yet published - should be in 2013). The book outlines a number of cases we did indeed solve. I still feel comfortable being called a profiler.

If you read this book, the author would besmirch me and icons I worked with such as John Douglas, Roy Hazelwood and Bob Ressler as being incompetent. And she knows this how? She read books by another so-called 'profiler,' Brett Turvey, who I do not believe has a day's experience in law enforcement. But DOES have a Master's Degree. And so does the author. Big deal. I have two, and 30 years of experience actually INVESTIGATING cases.

This woman is a self-promoting hack who has virtually no clue what she's talking about. I bought the book thinking I might learn a few nuggets of useful information. That didn't happen, and the book actually pissed me off. I only read half. I found many of her opinions to be factually inaccurate, even to the point of libelous. In the book she simply reviews some cases and gives her 'highly-qualified' opinions. She has no basis to make these judgments, and she equivocates so many times that her credibility is at the level of zero.
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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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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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