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Pat Brown is now one of the nation's few female criminal profilers - a sleuth who assists police departments and victims' families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.
In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take listeners behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It's a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes - the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.
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By Clydene on 06-29-10
The Hero's Journey or Heroine's Journey
I loved the book on many different levels. It was interesting to find someone who followed their dream and opened up a completely new career for themselves. I don't know much about Pat Brown, but her story made me think of all those times that someone tries to correct a wrong or thinks about correcting a wrong, but she did it. She stood on her soap box and eventually made someone notice. I would like to get her other books. The only minor point about the book is that a professional reader might have been able to add more dimensionality with a professional reading.
But I loved the book
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By Roy on 08-01-10
An Interesting Point of View
Pat Brown learned to be a profiler "sorta" by acident. She had a boarder in her home who she linked to a murder and the police just didn't take her as seriously as she thought they should. In the opening of this book she tells that story. She takes the middle part of the book to tell how she became a profilier as a result. In concluding sections she reflects on different persons and personalitites she has profiled. concludes by reflecting on different persons she has profiled. I was particularly interested in her discussion of suiside.
This is an interesting enough book though I wish it had more depth. It is just a rather shallow approach to profiling and the reader doesn't get as much insight into the process or the clients or the patterns. I suppose that is my own opinion only, but I hoped for more learning from the book. We don't even really understand what drove her to get into the profiling field - other than frustration with the police.
The major problem with this book is the reading. The author does her own reading which is fine. However, there multiple places in the text where she stops, repeats herself correcting a reading error, and then proceeds. I have dozens and dozens of Audible books and I have never gotten a book with this many errors. If you can tolerate the reading (which isn't bad otherwise) and if you just are lookinjg for an interesting easy read - this book may be for you.
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