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The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology
Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.
1582970793
June 2002
Paperback
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From Booklist
An extremely informative, very useful guide to understanding and writing about forensic psychology. Many writers, the author suggests, write about forensic psychologists without really appreciating what they do or how they do it. The author cites numerous examples from fiction to illustrate her points, showing how Thomas Harris made things seem a little too slick in The Silence of the Lambs or how James Patterson misunderstood some fundamentals in Along Came a Spider. She also uses several well-known cases histories--Charles Starkweather, Lizzie Borden, Dan White--to illustrate various psychological disorders and their diagnoses. Aspiring thriller writers should pay particular attention to the discussion of the relationship between psychology and the law, including the nature of insanity defenses and the...


Stalking Crimes and Victim Protection: Prevention, Intervention, Threat Assessment, and Case Management
Joseph A. Davis
0849308119
June 26, 2001
Hardcover
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Review
"The editor, who is an expert in the field of public safety psychology, has a background in both psychology and law. Thus he is well qualified to undertake this task of bringing together experts for this book. … Stalking is an interesting, and important, topic … . … The volume is a significant further addition to this literature. … The authors are well chosen, and write authoritatively. Overall, this is a very good book … ." - Sexual & Relationship Therapy, Vol. 19, No. 2, May 2004 "I have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Joe Davis and know his work well in this area. His work is to be applauded and the contributing authors are to be congratulated for their collaboration… This expertise will certainly assist those professionals who are actively working and managing stalking cases." - John...


Essentials of Forensic Psychological Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)
Marc J. Ph.D. Ackerman
0471331864
August 6, 1999
Paperback
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Review
"Ackerman proposes commendably high standards in the practice of assessment in forensic settings, both in terms of the choice of valid, reliable and informative tests and, in terms of the presentation of the findings based on strong, defensible evidence." (Legal and Criminological Psychology, Sep 2001)

Book Description
Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to confidently administer, score, and interpret the key assessment instruments used by forensic psychologists

There are various psychological areas that must be addressed when performing forensic assessments. In order to do this properly, professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidance on how to administer, score, and interpret these tests. Written by a noted forensic psychologist, Essentials of...



The Big Bad Wolf
James Patterson
064164339X
March 2005
Hardcover
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Harm's Way
Stephen White
0451183681
Mar 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The extravagantly showy murder of a very private man opens White's engrossing fourth story about Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory (following Higher Authority). Alan's friend and neighbor, Peter Arvin, a skilled woodworker and solo mountain climber, is found tortured and bleeding to death on top of a grand piano on the stage of the Boulder Theatre. After Peter dies at the hospital where his wife, Adrienne, is a urologist, police detective Sam Purdy asks Alan to work up an informal profile of the killer to see whether it matches that of the person being sought for a similar murder in Denver. Complying with Adrienne's desire to be able to tell her young son, Jason, more about his father, Alan also investigates Peter's past. These linked efforts, soon complicated by a third theater murder in a nearby town, call on...


Higher Authority
Stephen White
0451185110
Feb 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Featuring the hero of White's earlier novels, Alan Gregory, this thriller concerns a sexual harassment case implicating a Mormon Supreme Court judge. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Attorney Lauren Crowder recommends a Salt Lake City lawyer for her younger sister, who has accused her former boss, an impeccably Mormon woman with high political and church connections, of sexual harassment. Crowder assists a private investigator in gathering information on the potentially explosive case, but murder intervenes: someone kills the P.I. and the former boss. Crowder then calls upon boyfriend Alan Gregory (Private Practices, Viking, 1993) to outmaneuver the ubiquitous, corrupt tentacles of the Mormon church. Much background research supports...


Obsession: The FBI's Legendary Profiler Probes the Psyches of Killers, Rapists, and Stalkers and Their Victims and Tells how to F
John Douglas
0671017047
November 1998
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With the warmth and frank bias of a firsthand observer, Douglas, the founder and head of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit and the inspiration for the character of Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, here describes violent crimes and their consequences. With co-author Olshaker, with whom he wrote Mindhunter and Journey into Darkness, Douglas details the crimes and case histories of serial killers, serial rapists, child molesters, stalkers and others. Included are infamous killers such as Edward Gein, Ted Bundy and Robert Chambers, along with less publicized, though just as disturbing, purveyors of acts of fatal obsession. Asserting "that behavior reflects personality," Douglas shows how he and his colleagues can assess the different temperaments and motivations at work behind grisly acts. ...


Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis (2nd Edition)
Brent E. Turvey
0127050418
April 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Reviews of the first edition
"Criminal Profiling is a serious and long overdue effort at structuring a body of knowledge into a cohesive subject. Brent Turvey has provided the reader with a roadmap to comprehending the principles underlying criminal profiling. The knowledge gleaned from this book can only strengthen the foundational skills of the prospective and active criminal investigator." --Richard Saferstein, PhD
"Brent Turvey's opus is a major and much needed step towards professionalism" -- Sue Jenner, The Expert
"This text documents the principles of proper criminal profiling and undertakes to establish definite criteria for professionalization...should be reviewed by anyone intent on becoming a professional criminal profiler." -- American Journal of Psychiatry

WAYNE PETHERICK, BOND...


The Science of Sherlock Holmes : From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, The Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases
E. J. Wagner
0471648795
March 31, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Forensic expert Wagner has crafted a volume that stands out from the plethora of recent memoirs of contemporary scientific detectives. By using the immortal and well-known Sherlock Holmes stories as her starting point, Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle's accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact. The author avoids the technical details that mar so many other efforts in this genre, injecting life into her narrative by weaving in true crime cases that either influenced Holmes's creator or may have been influenced by a published story from the Baker Street sleuth. Particularly memorable is a creepy 1945 murder of a man who, as a youth, had had an encounter with a spectral dog reminiscent of the hound of the Baskervilles. While some of the...


The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation
Katherine Ramsland
042520765X
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
From ancient Rome to the 21st century, a look at human predators-and those who hunt them down.

A bestselling author and research expert in forensics and true-crime presents for the first time a chronological analysis of serial killing in the context of specific historical periods. She also aligns with this discussion details of the development of forensic science and psychology, which gradually enabled law enforcement to better identify the men and women who commit these heinous crimes-and perhaps begin to understand their motivations.

Spanning from ancient times to yesterday's headlines, this book is a chilling reminder that the darkness that exists in human nature is not, as some would think, the product of modern society.

About the Author
Katherine...


Remote Control
Stephen White
0451191692
Mar 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
In his fifth book about intrepid Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory, Stephen White zooms in on Gregory's wife, Lauren--an assistant district attorney who has multiple sclerosis. Protecting a friend targeted by anti-abortion terrorists, Lauren shoots at a man during a snowstorm and sets off a blizzard of recriminations. As usual, White makes the evolution of a convoluted plot as believable as the rocky landscape. Previous Gregory adventures available in paperback: Harm's Way, Higher Authority, Private Practices, Privileged Information. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
White (Higher Authority, LJ 10/1/94) wastes no time getting right to the action in this fast-paced, multilayered thriller. Opening with the...


Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers, Second Edition
Gary B. Melton, et al
1572302364
August 1, 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"Psychological Evaluation for the Courts is a splendid resource for mental health professionals who come into contact with the legal system. Relevant law is presented concisely, and its application illustrated with thorough reviews of empirical research. Clinicians are guided carefully through the essentials of the evaluation process. This second edition is even more comprehensive than its excellent predecessor. It is an indispensable aid for all forensic evaluators, and an indispensable tool for students in forensic training programs from the undergraduate to the postgraduate levels." --Paul Appelbaum, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

"This is a brilliant synthesis of law, policy, theory, practical wisdom, and clinical knowledge, integrated in such a way as to make this...


Criminal Minds: The Science and Psychology of Profiling
David Owen
0760756058
September 2004
Hardcover
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Warning Signs
Stephen White
0440237416
Jan 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When can a psychologist go to the police about a client without violating the doctor/patient contract? Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory, veteran of nine previous White suspense novels, wrestles with this dilemma in White's latest top-flight thriller. Neurotic Naomi Bigg seeks help when she suspects her high school son, Paul, plans to avenge his sister's rape and his father's murder conviction for killing the rapist, who was let off on a technicality. Paul's best friend, Ramp, an explosives fanatic, lost his mother to a paroled rapist/murderer and has his own list of targets. Alan's erratic sessions with Naomi begin to unnerve him when he picks up hints of a connection to the recent brutal murder of Boulder's DA, his wife Lauren's boss. Even worse, he realizes that Lauren, suffering from MS and just ending...


Principles of Rorschach Interpretation (Volume in Lea's Personality and Clinical Psychology Series)
Irving B. Weiner
0805842322
July 2003
Hardcover
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The Big Bad Wolf
James Patterson
0446610224
October 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In a recent column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King cited Patterson's thrillers as the example of "dopey" bestsellers. We hope that doesn't mean that those who enjoy them are dopes, because this new one is vastly entertaining. Alex Cross, Patterson's black lawman hero, has left the D.C. police force for the FBI. But Cross was a star cop, so when the Bureau becomes aware that attractive white women are disappearing at an unusually high rate in the nation's capital, Cross, despite still being in training at Quantico, is brought onto the case and is personally mentored by the Bureau's director, earning the ire of some Feds but the support of others. Behind the disappearances is a sexual slavery operation run as a sideline by one of the more believable and most compellingly evil villains in the Patterson...


The Art of Investigative Interviewing, Second Edition
Charles L. Yeschke
0750675950
October 23, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Art of Investigative Interviewing, Second Edition, details the techniques that can be used by interviewers in any setting to detect indications of deception and respond to them appropriately. With all-new case studies and a new chapter devoted to interrogative ethics, this revised edition has been entirely updated while maintaining the lively, instructive writing style of the first edition.

Drawing elements from psychology, philosophy, and sociology, Charles Yeschke applies the theory of human need to the process of investigative interviewing. This theory is the most important component of the successful interview and is crucial to an investigator's ability to correctly interpret human behavior.

* Covers the rising debate over interviewing and interrogative ethics
* Provides all-new case studies...


Forensics Handbook
Pete Moore
076075344X
August 2004
Paperback
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Profilers
John H. Campbell
1591022665
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A bone-chilling conversation with Jeffrey Dahmer is just one highlight from this anthology of seasoned examinations of one of law enforcement's grimmest challenges. Campbell and DeNevi's second collaboration (after Into the Minds of Madmen) casts a wide net; although famous profilers like John Douglas contribute several of the 28 essays here, most are written by accomplished but little-known specialists. The result is a no-nonsense, technically oriented but readable look at how cops grapple with the worst felonies, including hostage taking, serial rape and murder, and child abduction/murder. The contributors take a measured tone toward the lethal predators they examine, as in Robert Ressler's discussion of his Dahmer interviews: "We must never forget that... there are many Jeffrey Dahmers walking among us." James...


Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis, Second Edition
Harold V. Hall
0849323258
November 28, 2000
Hardcover
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From the Publisher
The culmination of more than 20 years of study, research and the direct evaluation of thousands of forensic clients, this book points out the crude current state of the art in deception analysis. Here are guidelines for detecting distortion that clarify the point that simply administering an MMPI and a Rorschach and gaining full insight to a client is no longer adequate. General aims of this book is to summarize current distortion detection information, present guidelines for detecting distortion, account for the variable accuracy rates of different detection methods, and stimulate additional research. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
"The text is quite readable and free of jargon... Hall and Poirier unfold their approach without rancor...


Your Career in Psychology
Tara L. Kuther
0534617794
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Careers in Psychology and Law is a supplemental text that deals the work involved, salaries, and training available for various careers in psychology. The book contains profiles of practicing psychologists to give students a clear sense of what each career involves. For example, there is a profile of Karen Franklin on expert testimony, a profile of Scyatta Wallace who is a congressional fellow, as well as Lawrence Wrightsman for forensic psychology.

About the Author
Dr. Tara L. Kuther received her Ph.D. from Fordham University in developmental psychology and is currently an associate professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University where she teaches courses in child, adolescent and adult psychology. She is an active member of the Society for Teaching of...


Cold Case
Stephen White
0451201558
February 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Crime-fighting psychologist Alan Gregory untangles a vexing unsolved case of double murder in the Colorado Rockies in this rousing page-turner by thriller specialist White. Gregory is drawn into his seventh fictional adventure by a private organization of criminal experts called Locard, named after a 19th-century French detective. Locard, which reopens decades-old murder cases at the request of survivors and their families, wants Gregory to help reexamine a puzzling case in which the partially mutilated bodies of two teenage girlsATami Franklin and Mariko HamamotoAwere found during the spring snowmelt outside Boulder. Gregory is asked to assemble psychological profiles of the girls, their parents and others close to the case in hopes of dispelling the official line that the murders were the work of a drifter. As...


Psychology and Law : Theory, Research, and Application (with InfoTrac)
Curt R. Bartol, Anne M. Bartol
053452818X
July 31, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Known for its emphasis on research and its extensive integration of current cases and law, Curt and Anne Bartol's PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW offers balanced coverage the ways that psychology interacts with the legal system. The authors instill in students a critical understanding not only of psychological research within the context of law, but also a working knowledge of the legal system.

About the Author
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University


Sport Psychology

0072489154
Aug 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This new edition provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts of sport and exercise psychology and their application in exercise and sport settings. New texts now come packaged with PowerWeb: Health & Human Performance!


Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application
Curt M. Bartol
0761926062
February 2004
Textbook Hardcover
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Review
Dr. Mike Aamodt, Radford University : “Perhaps the highest compliment I can offer is that I have been teaching this course for 15 years but learned a good deal of new information. . . . The book is scholarly, well written, interesting, and of appropriate length and depth for a survey class.”
Dr. Kelly Goodness : “The text is very good overall. In addition, any points I usually have to remember to discuss because they are not covered in my current texts, are covered well in this book. . . . Students want to know how certain offenders differ from non-offenders and other types of offenders. The authors speak to this desire for knowledge, while freely admitting the limits of the field's knowledge. Well done!”

Book Description
"Perhaps the highest compliment I can...


Bad Love: Devil's Waltz: Two Complete Alex Delaware Novels
Jonathan Kellerman
0517221969
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular writers, with tens of millions of his books in print in two dozen languages. He has brought his expertise as a child psychologist to numerous tales of suspense, including fourteen critically acclaimed and bestselling novels featuring child psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware. Now, for the first time, here are two of his popular Alex Delaware books in one volume. Taunt, penetrating, terrifying, Devil's Waltz and Bad Love are Kellerman at his best. From the hospital to the street, Delaware follows mysterious killers in two of the most suspenseful works ever, tracking them down through a combination of keen perception and psychological expertise. In Devil's Waltz, Delaware explores a dark side of parental...


Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Bruce A. Arrigo
0120643510
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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SCIENCE & JUSTICE
"The book is easy to read and needs little previous knowledge of psychology." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
"Introduction to Forensic Psychology is very highly recommended reading for anyone studying pscyhology, law, the criminal justice system, or related public policy issues."
-WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH

"The book is easy to read and needs little previous knowledge of psychology."
-SCIENCE & JUSTICE

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Applied Sport Psychology : Personal Growth to Peak Performance
Jean M. Williams
0072843837
August 8, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This is a comprehensive and practical guide to psychological concepts and theories as well as to strategies and techniques designed to help future coaches and sport psychologists cultivate peak performance and personal growth through recent advances in sport psychology. The text’s five-part organization focuses on motivation and leadership, social interactions, mental training, program implementation, and issues that go beyond performance enhancement. Contributing authors are experts in their topic, and each chapter has been written specifically for this collection.

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