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The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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"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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was interesting learning about the processes that a profiler goes through.Published 2 months ago by Lois Damron
Interesting subject matter. Not the best written book, many repetitions. Worth the time to read if you are curious about how profilers must think.Published 2 months ago by nancy
Life is too short to waste even a few hours of it on this book. As others, I thought it would be about an actual, working profiler. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book left me with pride for Pat Brown's achievements in a male dominated field. She's good, and I'm a fan of hers, but this book drags. CSI fans will read it none the less!Published 5 months ago by Donna Mersing
This book would be great IF IT ACTUALLY HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH CRIME OR PROFILING. Although there are several cases offered in the book, mostly you will find the word... Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Carroll
I borrowed this book from the library. Good thing it was a free loan as I would not have kept this book.
The topic is interesting enough, but.... Read more
I do not understand what she is trying to do. I think she should figure that out and stop being all over the place with her multi-directional stories. Read morePublished 14 months ago by goodfruit