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181. The Merger : The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime
by Jeffrey Robinson
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When telecommunications companies merge, the news is immediately analyzed by the media and government agencies. Owners of the companies' stock immediately vote on the wisdom of the move by buying or selling. But when criminal organizations merge and make their operations global, it takes years for law enforcement to figure out what happened, who was involved, and what the implications are. Ever since Italian-American mobster Lucky Luciano linked Mafia families in Sicily and the U.S., crime cartels have been finding ways to expand their operations across national borders, making those countries' policemen play an extended game of catch-up. Jeffrey Robinson is an authority on international crime, especially money laundering, and his book The Merger sometimes reads like a crime novel. It seems strange to imagine that Mexican drug traffickers would be working closely with Thai postal workers; that a billion dollars a month in drug money would be laundered from Russian gangs through Greek Cypriots and then moved on to respectable financial centers such as London and New York; that Colombian drug cartels would get kerosene--an important ingredient for making cocaine--from Turkmenistan by way of Argentina; that Eastern European criminals would claim to be Jewish so they could get Israeli passports and launder money in the Holy Land. And that's just for-profit criminality--politically and religiously motivated crime has long been international and is rapidly branching out into cyberterrorism.

Robinson concludes with a note that international drug trafficking is growing so fast it now represents 2 percent of the world's economy. However, while criminal organizations think globally, Robinson writes, most law enforcement is set up to act locally. Nations can't decide how to deal with the problem because none wants to be the first to sacrifice national sovereignty for the greater purpose of slowing crime. If this book doesn't keep you up at night, or at least raise some serious goose flesh, you're made of pretty stern stuff. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read about organized crime going global
The author from the best selling Laundrymen comes back with another great book detailing the organized crime syndicates growth and globalization. The facts presented draws a very frightening picture of the skills and powers of the different mafias and how much they have accomplished, and also takes a look at their bold new plans for the future. Ranging from Italian, Russian, Columbian, Mexican to Asian organizations, the book shows how they have managed to outrun the police due to operating truly global utilizing each others skills to operate at maximum profitability and minimizing risk and exposure (that would make any legal company proud). The book reads like a novel, and is full of fascinating, menacing and colorful characters that you rather only read about than meet. Although, this is key knowledge to understand the world we live in and what goes on around us in these changing times -- it's not all pretty. This is a must read for anybody interested in global crime and the different cultural aspects of the development of society.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly frightening!
I loved The Laundrymen and couldn't wait to see this. But whereas The Laundrymen worried me, this is truly frightening. Robinson isn't talking about some monolithic international crime syndicate, the picture he paints is of ruthless, professional opportunists who understand that big business today must think global. And these opportunists run very big businesses. The Merger is the single best book I've ever read on transnational organized crime, and should serve as a warning to all of us that the war on crime is, like the business of crime, global. Until governments equip law enforcement to fight this war properly, globally, it is a war we will lose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Review of Organized Crime
'The Merger' is the most comprehensive book on international crime.

The theme is how various gangs and mafias from different nations are cooperating versus competing. This game of cooperation enables each criminal organization to focus on a core competency to increase efficiency. These gangs are no longer disorganized but operate in ways similar to corporations, and are often more knowledgeable & advanced than the 'good guys'.

The other main focus of this book is how these same organizations are using the limitations of police jurisdiction to their advantage.

One way they utilize jurisdiction to their advantage is by meeting in one country, such as Vienna, Austria. There the Russians, Sicilians, Italians, and other gangs stage conferences discussing expansion. They intentionally commit no crime in Austria. Since no crime is committed the police cannot arrest them. They go there as businessmen and behave themselves.

Other means of using jurisdictions to their advantage is to facilitate money laundering. They register multiple shell companies in countries with strict banking privacy laws such as Panama & the Cayman Islands.

They also use Indian reservations to move drugs, contraband alcohol & cigarettes amongst other things. These Indian reservations are constantly seeking more territory supposedly to protect their land, when in truth it usually involves a while man pulling strings as to gain more territory to smuggle drugs. They then wash the proceeds through casinos, and finally launder the money in some offshore banks.

Russians extorting other Russians, Nigerians scamming Europeans & North Americans, it's all covered in this book. Learn about how one organization attempted to buy an old military submarine to smuggle drugs into the USA, meanwhile they were doing this while under surveillance.

This is very well researched & is probably the best book on the market in its category.

5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining
In The Merger, Jeffrey Robinson goes further than other books in emphasizing the increasing cooperation among disparate criminal organisations in several countries, including the Sicilian Mafiosi, the Chinese Triads, the Russian, Hungarian, and Czech "mafiyas," and organised crime groups from Columbia, Mexico, Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam, to name a few. Robinson is the international best-selling author of eighteen books, including the authoritative work The Laundrymen. He has served as keynote speaker on money laundering for the United Nations, Interpol, U.S. Customs, the FBI, and other organisations.
As he points out, while these groups' core activities remain the same- car theft, drug trafficking, fraud in all its guises, alien smuggling, weapons trafficking, counterfeit production and distribution, murder, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, and the smuggling and sale of nuclear materials-organised criminals flourish in the global markets of transparent borders and meaningless trade restrictions. Unlike their predecessors, they do not limit themselves to single forms of illegal activity, but deal in anything and everything that can make money for them. Unless jurisdictional barriers can be eliminated to allow law enforcement authorities in these countries to pool information, the situation will only worsen, Robinson warns. ----Johanna Granville, Ph.D.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very indepth book
I've been doing really indepth research work into the world of organized crime. From my research, Robinson, nails it. "The Merger" is an excellent book that delves the reader into the world of narcotics, money laundering, racketeering, and loansharking. Jeffrey Robinson covers the daedal intricacies quite well. The only downside is that this book might be a bit too cumbersome for those who just desire a mere casual read. ... Read more


182. Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Davis
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Amid rising public concern about the proliferation and privitization of prisons, and their promise of enormous profits, world-renowned author and activist Angela Y. Davis argues for the abolition of the prison system as the dominant way of responding to America_s social ills._In thinking about the possible obsolescence of the prison,_ Davis writes, _we should ask how it is that so many people could end up in prison without major debates regarding the efficacy of incarceration._ Whereas Reagan-era politicians with _tough on crime_ stances argued that imprisonment and longer sentences would keep communities free of crime, history has shown that the practice of mass incarceration during that period has had little or no effect on official crime rates: in fact, larger prison populations led not to safer communities but to even larger prison populations.As we make our way into the twenty-first century_two hundred years after the invention of the penitentiary _the question of prison abolition has acquired an unprecedented urgency. Backed by growing numbers of prisons and prisoners, Davis analyzes these institutions in the U.S., arguing that the very future of democracy depends on our ability to develop radical theories and practices that make it possible to plan and fight for a world beyond the prison industrial complex. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Economics and Racism combine to create our broken prisons
Following the over throw of reconstruction, the re-empowered white ruling class in the South needed a large pool of cheap labor. The Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, contained one glaring exception--slavery was still completely legal for those who had been convicted of a crime. Suddenly, new legislation was enacted which criminalized a wide variety of behaviors not previously considered criminal--having no job, vagrancy, no visible means of support, etc.

Once these "Black Codes" were in place, prisons in the South were rapidly filled with Blacks. Prior to the Civil War, prisoners in the South were overwhelmingly White. After Reconstruction, they were overwhelmingly Black.

These new prisoners were "leased" to White plantation owners, at a flat fee. With no capital invested in these new slaves, many were simply worked to death. The economic incentive to ensure that the prisons were full was inescapable.

In this short, but powerful, book, Angela Davis makes the case that this pattern of incarcerating Blacks, set during the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, carries through to the present. Today the economics of incarceration are more subtle. Money is not primarily made through the labor of prisoners (although that still happens). Today, the real money is made by the underwriters who sell the bonds to finance prison construction, the myriad of industries which supply the country's 2 million prisoners with everything from soap to light bulbs, and by rural America, where the last three decades of de-industrialization has left prison as one of the very few decent paying union jobs available to formerly blue collar workers.

Ms. Davis draws on a plethora of academic studies (several dozen of which are cited in footnotes, which provide anyone interested with a comprehensive study guide for understanding the historical antecedents and current realities of America's love affair with the prison.

Her bottom line--abandon the whole flawed system. The last chapter, which attempts to answer the immediate question posed to anyone who dares raise this option, is the book's weakest. Too much rhetoric; not enough solid proposals. Nonetheless, the historical breadth, backed by detailed facts, of Ms. Davis' book make it well worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wrap your arms around a failed system
A superb primer on the most pressing crisis most Americans know little about.
Concise, eloquent, and chock-full of insightful info, "Are Prison's Obsolete" is a book that every concerned citizen should read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Urgent Appeal for Alternatives to Incarceration.
It is almost too much for the human mind to fully comprehend that there are more than 2 million people--a group larger than the population of many countries-- presently behind bars in America. While serving as an elected official, I was given an extensive "tour" of one of the local prisons. I tried not to show the horror -and sorrow- I felt at the sight of so many human beings locked away in high tech cages, for fear my "tour" would be cut short.

This thoroughly researched book by Angela Davis articulates everything I instinctively felt when I got a first hand glimpse of prison life. With the patience and restraint of a Saint, Angela Davis challenges thinking people to face the human rights catastrophe in our jails and prisons.

It is the authors hope that this book will encourage readers to question their own assumptions about prison. It is my hope that this book will be widely read by everyone involved in the field of education and politics. It should be on the recommended reading list of all high schools, colleges and universities.

Suza Francina, former Mayor, Ojai, California, and author, The New Yoga for People Over 50. ... Read more


183. Serial Murderers and Their Victims (with CD-ROM) (Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series.)
by Eric W. Hickey
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This text provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. The coverage is backed up by extensive data and research and profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time. Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of nearly 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He then describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder, offering his own model for explaining serial-murder behavior. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on Serial Murder
This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Cutting through the sensationalism this crime attracts, Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. Of special interest in this 3rd edition of the book is Dr. Hickey's coverage of the phenomenon as a global problem, including a study of 300 Foriegn serial murderers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding profiling and research on serial killers!
Dr. Hickey's hard work is proven in this book. The serial profiling that he has done has made this book outstanding reference material. I have had the good fortune of meeting this man and I think anyone who has anything to do with any type of law work should read this.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read for all law enforcement proffesionals
Being one of the lucky people in this world to study from Dr. Hickey at Fresno State, I consider this book and the Dr. to be two of the most amaizing sources of knowledge in this dark field. If you begin reading this book knowing nothing about the topic, you walk away being a sudo-expert in the field and study of Serial Killers

3-0 out of 5 stars Missed boat on good research.
Overall decent but he did miss quite a bit of good (and arguably very important) research on the subject of serial murder. Don't think that this book covers all important research on the topics in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Textbook on Serial Murder, Backed by Research
This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. ... Read more


184. First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers
by Mark R. Hawthorne
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-12)
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"Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it cannot perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent. Only its interpretation can err. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value."-Presiding Judge, Harris v U.S., 331 U.S. 145 (1947) HOW TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIME SCENE WHILE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers is a training guide and reference for patrol officers and criminal investigators, who conduct preliminary investigations of crime scenes, to aid in identification, collection, and booking of physical evidence. Written by a veteran of 24 years of law enforcement, the book stresses the importance of understanding the critical nature of physical evidence and preservation of the crime scene as part of the case against a criminal defendant. This book is an important tool for police academies that train recruits and veteran patrol officers, as well as for students of criminal justice who seek guidelines for proper collection and handling of physical evidence. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Excellent start for novice or those interested in CSI"
Mark R. Hawthorne's "First Unit Responder," CRC Press 1999, ISBN 0-9493-002-1, is a 6 chapter 98-page guide book for uniformed officers working in the field who frequently are the first to arrive for a potential crime scene investigation(CSI).
Hawthorne gives us an easy-to-read introduction to basic CSI response that includes definition of various physical evidence characteristics (individual versus class), implementation of CSI response protocol (ARISN), identification & documentation of evidence, evidence collection (do's & don'ts), fingerprint/glove appreciation, case review with ADA and testimony tips for the non-specialist officer & a 12-page illustrated appendix showing evidentiary items. Each chapter didactic is followed with a (dozen or so) basic question & answer section with explanations.
The author's impressive credentials in both field and teaching experiences helped condense important basic CSI issues into a short and easily-read synopsis that includes 20 good bibliographic entries and a thorough 6-page index. A few trivial grammatical flaws are readily discharged, but difficult to justify given computers with spell-checkers, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rookies or veterans, Cops to firefighters to EMT's
As a law enforcement instructor at a police training facility, I found this book to be fantastic for the new recruits we train. As a retired police officer/Crime Scene Analyst, I also realized it would be great for some veteren officers and non-law enforcement personnel to review. Mark Hawthorne has kept the technical information on an easily understandable level. He has covered, in 90 pages, what would take hours of personal instruction. I found the test questions and answers extremely helpful in preparing reviews. This book can be picked up by the patrol officer, and if READ, could furnish much of the information to properly document most any crime scene. I would recommend this book to any basic law enforcement instructor or new police officer. ... Read more


185. Mad, the Bad, and the Innocent, The : The Criminal Mind on Trial - Tales of a Forensic Psychologist
by Barbara R. Kirwin
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"Americans are frightened and outraged by violent crime and their frustration at not being able to stop it. Bashing the insanity defense is universally seen as a way of getting tough on crime. Ironically, as we all seem to abdicate responsibility for our own lives, we seem to assert that everyone else, even the mentally impaired, is responsible for his." Barbara Kirwin is a forensic psychologist most often employed by prosecuting attorneys to distinguish the bona fide mental cases from the fakers. In The Mad, the Bad, and the Innocent she delivers a stinging critique of the American legal system's abuse of the insanity defense--both what she calls "designer defenses" that put violent psychopaths in mental hospitals, and the equally deplorable practice of sending schizophrenics to jail. Her writing style is engaging, but she lapses occasionally into a self-dramatizing mode that undercuts the seriousness of her concerns. The strength of The Mad, the Bad, and the Innocent is in the examples: dozens of fascinating case histories illustrate, better than any mere argument could, the complex issues involved in deciding who is sick and who is evil. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Passionate indictment of court treatment of insanity issues
In this timely, interesting book, psychologist Barbara R. Kirwin writes of her experience as a forensic psychologist in the New York City area. Kirwin did most of her evaluations and testimony on behalf of the prosecution, but her writing does not suffer from a prosecutorial bias. Rather, Kirwin attacks the treatment of insanity issues in the courts from a perspective outside traditional categories.

While Kirwin deplores the use of "designer defenses" by high-paid counsel attempting to secure acquittals for psychopathic clients, she also is dismayed by juries' willingness to convict persons who are obviously mentally ill and in need of treatment, simply because the defendant "did the crime." Her lack of faith in jurors' ability to understand and apply the various insanity tests leads her at one point to suggest that insanity issues be removed from the jury's consideration altogether. She does not discuss the issues this might raise under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees a defendant the right to jury trial. This is a very thorny issue and deserves further study. Overall, Kirwin is better at identifying the problems with such relics as the M'Naughten insanity test than she is at proposing workable solutions.

The book would have benefitted from a broader discussion of the issues surrounding some of the defenses she discusses, including the multiple personality disorder defense. That defense poses fascinating philosophical and criminological issues, since the "alternate personality" who committed the crime is still part of the defendant's self, though perhaps alienated from the "higher" personae who are more capable of controlling their actions. Kirwin believes psychopaths should be punished for their crimes; what about a psychopathic "alternate personality"? A lot more could have been said here; overall Kirwin just skims the surface.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good voice of common sense.
Excellent book dealing with topics such as faking bad and faking good, malingering, and understanding of the workings of the criminal mind as s/he comes into contact with the justice system. Other important issues are discussed such as the effect of the media in the courtroom, and the question of common sense at the end of the day after all the legalise has said its piece. Other highlights include reaction of jurors and judges in the face of the presentations layers make who are essentially interested in winning for their client. A justice system should be able to come to the truth and act on that at the end of the day, rather than how good ones lawyer is.

3-0 out of 5 stars Criminals Don't Just Surface
This book doesn't contain a lot of great information, but it DOES make a few great points. Dr. Kirwin makes a fine statement when she says "Any criminal is a long time in the making, and there are many clear signs along the way." Amen, sister! One of the biggest responsibilities society has shirked is admitting when a failure is in the making. Law enforcement would also benefit by NOT believing serial killers are quiet, unknown men who live unseen in the community. Bullfeathers! They are the outstanding weirdoes that we pretend don't exist. Dr. Kirwin also hits hard on the lack of accountability in the judicial system. As she puts it "no continuity, no follow-up." Pat Brown/Director/Investigative Criminal Profiler/The Sexual Homicide Exchange, Inc.

2-0 out of 5 stars Should be called "Why I think the legal system is Wrong"
I picked this book up hoping it would be about the criminal mind, as the title suggests. Instead it is mostly Dr. Kirwin's thoughts about how the legal system treats mentally ill patients unfairly. This is all prpbably true, but it is NOT what the title implies. She just goes on and on about lack of funding and peoples reaction to a not guilty by insanity plea. She talks more about the legal system than about the criminal mind. I wanted a book that talked about why criminals act the way they do. This was not it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Heraldo Rivera show in 300 page format
Could be titled " The omnipotence of me " the biography of Dr. Kirwin. The author tends to embrace that which she condemns in others in that by poking holes in the professional diagnosis of other equally accredited members of the psych. community one must consider the potential falability of her arguement from their professional viewpoint. Some interesting behind the scenes of high profile cases. A snoozer for the most part. As they say in the movie industry, this one is a rental not a keeper. ... Read more


186. The Anatomy of Motive : The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals
by John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.

Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.

Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of compassion
Douglas doesn't claim that anyone is born bad. He's delved into what turns human beings into monsters, often an abusive upbringing, and in fact has often stated that programs like Head Start are the best way to prevent serial killers and rapists, and crime in general. He merely states that by the time he or other law enforcement officers get involved it is far too late to fix anything. Someone like John Wayne Gacy could have been helped while he was a child, but by the time the FBI is involved he's already learned that he enjoys killing. Douglas' job isn't to try and undo decades of mental developement, it is to render a very sick person incapable of doing further harm.

As for calling these men cowards, I don't know what else to call a man who preys on the weak to bolster his self esteem.

Douglas and Olshaker make a great writing team. Anyone who has in interest in investigation, psychology, or criminal justice should read all of their collaborative efforts.

3-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and troubling journey through the criminal mind.
John Douglas sketches the lives and crimes of violent offenders ranging from fire starters to serial killers. Douglas' writing is like a white chalk outline at a crime scene. He does a very good job of outlining the basic impulses and motives that drive human beings to violence against other human beings. After reading this, for instance, I would be careful about getting very chummy with fire starting, animal abusing bedwetters.

My primary criticism of the book is that Douglas uses taunting language to describe the killers he's studied. They're "cowards" and "losers" who come from bad family circumstances but deserve no pity or understanding. In Douglas' view, their crimes cut them off from any human compassion. They're unredeemable, and I had the impression that it would be best if we lined them all up against a wall and shot them.

Maybe that's even true, but the born bad view offers little hope or comfort for any of us. These mostly white males are a bunch of bad seeds. They can't be rehabilitated, and the only possible hope is that they won't get ticked off or hurt badly enough to start killing to regain control.

I would've liked to have seen a little more compassion in Douglas' treatment of these failed human lives, but maybe he's seen too much of what they do to have any compassion or hope left.

3-0 out of 5 stars Prompting your Sense of Insufficiency
I read this book back to back during the past few days and it was the first book by Douglas that I have read.

While fairly impressed by the author's unique way of approaching (both in theory and in practice) some of the most notorious crimes and criminals, I felt there were several things that need to be pointed out.

(1) Self-oriented. I would not terribly disagree if one said in this book, Mr. Douglas was too much ego-driven and self-glorifying. It seemed for all the cases covered, on the other end of the justice scale opposite to the criminals, there was only Mr. Douglas whose penetrating force in bringing them to justice, at least His theories of profiling were.

(2) Insufficient case files. Virtually all the cases covered in this book are outdated and hugely well known that publicized information of them means nothing much than a news report. To my recollection, the average age of these cases was somewhere between 15 to 20 years. In today's fast driven society with progressive crime diversifications, this is hardly enough for a starter's course.

(3) Basic. While retaining my tremendous respect to the author and his book, I felt the materials presented here were over simplified and sometimes far more insufficient than they should be. I acknowledge the argument that nothing sophisticated could be well expressed in just over 400 pages, but I did feel the limitation and insufficiency of the author as an interdisciplinary scholar a great number of times during the book.

(4) One View Street. Simply stated, the author did not elaborate any alternatives to his "profiling' in catching some of the most sophisticated criminals, despite the importance of these alternatives in both the theory and the field. I was somewhat even offended when Mr. Douglas devoted only one and a half pages to the JFK Assassination, determining, based on the "physical and forensic" evidence, that President Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald and Oswald alone. He declared him to be just another "paranoid loser" who happened to be able to murder the president, how convenient! Interestingly, the historical and political aspects, which were in fact the very foundation of this heinous crime, did not even come into subject! Despite of the fact that Mr. Douglas was still a very young man and certainly an outsider of the FBI at the time, he implied to blame, more or less scornfully, a paranoid public in believing a "conspiracy theory", to which the government bureaucracy could and would, in no way to hold up. In a landmark effort, the History Channel presented its most mesmerizing program to date, "The Men who Killed Kennedy" (DVDs available at Amazon). Virtually all aspects of that programs, in a six-hour stride, contradict Mr. Douglas' one and a half pages' view on the event of the twentieth century America.

(5) Compromising - in detail. During the late chapters, when John Hinckley Jr. came into the subject, one inevitable spotlight was focused on Jodie Foster. While her early highly irresponsible and totally ignorant remarks of "encouragement" to Hinckley that without any doubt, partially prompted his attempt on the life of President Reagan, Mr. Douglas asserted her behavior to be ONLY "courteous". The reason, in a separate paragraph that ended the discussion, Mr. Douglas told that he was pleased by the advice he offered to the actress during the filming of the Silence of the Lambs, inconceivable, but true. Of course, one without a legendary record in crime fighting would have known, that Foster's attitude toward Hinckley was anything other than "courteous" in a legal sense!

Overall, I would believe without the above drawbacks, the book could have been a better effort. However, I recommend this book to those interested in the subject and/or law enforcement officers, as a good starter on a never-ending journey into crime fighting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
John Douglas & Mark Olshaker hit another one out of the park.
I admit I feared repetition, since certainly, all that could've been said had to've been said in "Mindhunter" and "Journey into Darkness". To my pleasant surprise, any previous material and associated cases were treated --as the title suggests-- with a greater emphasis on the criminals' motives, keeping the reading fresh. Thrilling reading, tempered only by the fact that this is all about the suffering of innocent human beings at the hands of others who aren't. I highly recommend this book: 5 stars!!

3-0 out of 5 stars More on Motive
Douglas takes a stunning number of cases to portray his point that a killer is not born - a killer is made. However, almost all of the cases exemplified are those he himself has been a part of. Whenever the book becomes informative, he suddenly delves into a life story or a pat-on-the-back for his life's achievements. Also, I am rather disappointed in his amateur use of language. He will scientifically explain a circumstance, then throw in a vulgarity; he interrupts his flow with his novice writing experience and in turn, makes the work very colloquial. If you are looking just to get a basis for circumstance, this is a good book, but if you are looking for something deeper, perhaps on the intermediate or advanced level of dealing with any form of forensic psychology, then this bombastic excuse is not for you. ... Read more


187. The Specter of Genocide : Mass Murder in Historical Perspective
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Focusing on the twentieth century, this collection of essays by leading international experts offers an up-to-date, comprehensive history and analysis of multiple cases of genocide and genocidal acts. The book contains studies of the Armenian genocide; the victims of Stalinist terror; the Holocaust; and Imperial Japan. Contributors explore colonialism and address the fate of the indigenous peoples in Africa, North America, and Australia.In addition, extensive coverage of the post-1945 period includes the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Bali, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, East Timor, and Guatemala. Robert Gellately is Professor and Strassler Family Chair for the Study of Holocaust History at Clark University, where he teaches a variety of courses in modern German history, modern European history and the history of the Holocaust with a concentration on the study of Nazi Germany and the Gestapo.In Backing Hitler (Oxford, 2001), Gellately uses new evidence to demolish long-held beliefs about what ordinary Germans knew of the concentration camps.His internationally acclaimed book, The Gestapo and German Society (Oxford, 1990) challenges conventional concepts of the Gestapo and daily life in Nazi Germany. He has won numerous fellowships, and awards, most recently from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.Ben Kiernan is A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History and Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University and Convenor of the Yale East Timor Project. Kiernan is the author of The Pol Pot Regime (Yale, 1996), How Pol Pot Came to Power (Verso Books, 1985) and three other works and over a hundred scholarly articles on Southeast Asia and the history of genocide. Choice called him "the most knowledgeable observer of Cambodia anywhere in the Western world." Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge "indicted" and then "sentenced" him as an "arch war criminal." Kiernan is a member of the Editorial Boards of Human Rights Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and the Journal of Genocide Research. He is currently writing a global history of genocide since 1500. ... Read more


188. Crime Victims : An Introduction to Victimology (Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice)
by Andrew Karmen
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-11)
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The first and most comprehensive look at victimology, Karmen's CRIME VICTIMS offers balanced coverage of this complex and at times, controversial subject. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Long Vehicle - Please Do NOT Pass
Unfortunately, Wadsworth editors allowed Andrew Karmen to turn what could have been a nippy little sports car into a 14-wheeler. The 370+ pages could have been edited to 200 had an editor removed the padding. Instead of zipping along, readers have to drag both themselves and an articulated truckful of words behind them. No verb is left without an adverb and synonym, no noun without an adjective and a thesaurus-full of alternatives, and no idea passes without a repetitive redundancy. Consider, just as an example, the "media." No, you are not smart enough to know what the media are; Andrew spells it all out - "The news media - newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations - deserve...." (page 25) Gee, thanks, Andrew, I really needed that pointed out to me! I won't bother with more.

All of this is a pity because the subject matter is important. But the book -in the way that it is written - suggests that this is a little subject being dressed up, padded and presented as more than it is. And that is the opposite of what I believe, and the opposite of what Andrew Karmen intends.

The book is worth reading, but prepare for heavy hauling. Wadsworth - you have done Andrew and Victimology a disservice.

Jerry Glover ... Read more


189. Rape Investigation Handbook
by Brent E. Turvey, John O. Savino
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-17)
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This work addresses specific investigative and forensic processes related to sex crimes for those who work in law enforcement, the defense community, or in the private sector. It is an unprecedented collaborative work -- the first working manual for sex crime investigators, written by sex crime investigators and forensic scientists.

The key feature of this work is a thorough overview of the investigative and forensic processes related to sex crime investigation. It takes the reader through investigative and forensic processes in a logical sequence, showing how investigations of rape and sexual assault can and should be conducted from start to finish. It is intended to set the investigative and forensic standard for sex crimes investigation.

It is designed to be accessible, in terms of language, not only to a detective or investigator who does hands on casework, but to the student in the classroom learning about the subject for the first time.

This work is an excellent training manual for sex crime investigators around the world. It is also an excellent textbook for any hands on university course on the subject of sex crime investigation.This work is an excellent supplement for any investigative course involving violent crime or death investigation.

- The only comprehensive reference available on the investigation of sexual assault and rape (10 times more prevalent than murder instances).
- The text includes extensive illustrations of perpetrators, victims and other rape case evidence for identification of incidents of rape.
- The writing is clear and practical, ideal for professionals in forensic nursing, law enforcement and the investigative community
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190. Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition
by William J. Bodziak
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-17)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Reviewed and recognized as the most authoritative sourcein the field, this book describes the methods used worldwide to recover and identify footwear impressions from the scene of a crime.In this new edition,everything, including the original twelve chapters,bibliography, appendix, etc., has been clarified, updated and expanded. This edition includes updated and new information on recovery procedures and materials such as lifting, photography and casting; chemical enhancement; updated information about footwear manufacturing; footwear sizing; and known impression techniques and materials. WHAT'S NEW IN THE SECOND EDITION: Besides updating and expanding the twelve original chapters, Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition adds three new chapters: one chapter on barefoot evidence, which concerns impressions made by the naked or sock-clad foot or those which remain in abandoned or discarded footwear; another new chapter on several cases in which the footwear impression evidence was of primary importance in bringing about a conviction or confession; and finally, a new chapter on the footwear impression evidence in the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil cases. ... Read more


191. Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigation
by Amelia Phillips, Bill Nelson, Frank Enfinger, Chris Steuart, Amelia Phillips
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-30)
Publisher: Course Technology
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Presents methods to properly conduct a computer forensics investigation and maps to the objectives of the IACIS certification. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Too many problems
I found way too many problems with this text.I perform computer forensics investigations for a living, and would not recommend this book. There is too much focus on the DriveSpy program, and much of the information is repeated from chapter to chapter.This is an example of the reviewers not actually taking a look at the book. Your best bet is to purchase the book by Warren Kruse.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just ok...
As a new examiner, I found this book somewhat useful, but I thought the book was edited horribly. It looks to me as though the publisher hired an English major to edit a Computer Forensics book... too bad...

If the authors read these reviews...
switch editors... maybe even publishers if it's possible...
switch to more mainstream tools for your examples...
re-edit before releasing a second edition

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book used!You won't be able to use the CD
This book represents the core of what is wrong with corporate America today. This book is packaged with a CD that has software on it used throughout the book.What they don't tell you anywhere is that you must register the software using a unique and one time only coupon in the cd pouch.Furthermore the software then expires in 120 days.To not mention this limitation that basically makes the book useless for resale is very deceitful on the part of the publisher and the company that supplied the software.Never have I seen such B.S. before as this when it comes for games that publishers play!!!THIS INFORMATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN BIG BOLD LETTERS -- YOU CANNOT RESELL THIS BOOK DUE TO THE ONE-TIME USE OF THE ENCLOSED CD SOFTWARE --

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not recommend
The majority of exercises do not work.I found myself having to create exercises for my students to follow so I switched books.There is a lot of repetitive information and poor explanations.

If you previous training in computer forensics you will have a problem with much of the information.

Professor Kessler, what book did you actually review?I started using this book based on your recommendations.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too much incorrect information
Too much technical information is incorrect. This book never made it past the editing process, and the exercises were never checked.

The information regarding digital signatures is incorrect.Much of the information regarding partitions is incorrect.The information in regards to boot structures and MACS is scant, and what is there has been copied from existing web pages. Only enough information on NT and the MFT to confuse and confound.

The exercises are hard to follow, and even suggest using a different operating system if they do not work.The examiner cannot switch the operating system on the drive being examined - this is ridiculous.

The book is written with the primary audience of law enforcement. If a law enforcement officer were to have this book as their only education in computer forensics, their testimony would never stand up.I truly doubt that the material covered is sufficient to allow one to pass the IACIS certification.

A competent forensic examiner would not use this book other than as a reference for using DriveSpy. ... Read more


192. Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System
by J. Scott Harr, Kären M. Hess
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-12)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Help your students decipher the complexities of our Constitution and the criminal justice system with this best seller! J. Scott Harr and Kären M. Hess have taken the most complex of material and made it into the most student-oriented and manageable text for the course, helping students develop a complete understanding of the key issues related to our Constitution and the criminal justice system. With approximately 225 summarized cases fully integrated into the text, students are introduced to pertinent and influential cases in a format that is not intimidatingthe authors use plain language versus legal language. Harr and Hess focus primarily on the Fourth Amendment (reasonable search and seizure) and Fifth Amendment (double jeopardy, testifying against oneself) to the U.S. Constitution, as these are the most relevant to criminal justice issues. The Third Edition continues to offer students a broader picture of the laws that influence our society, and, at the same time, helps students master these important concepts through a unique integrated learning systemthe authors' trademark Four-Point Approach. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So-so CJ text
This text was ok, a lot better written than most of the criminal justice texts I've had to study from. There are the basic land mark cases and some other related cases for each amendment, though I would have liked to see more on the first and second. ... Read more


193. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know
by Ellen Kirschman
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-07)
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Sales Rank: 25849
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Separating fact from myth, Dr. Ellen Kirschman answers these and other critical questions in the first comprehensive self-help book created specifically for today's police families. In information-filled chapters, readers will go behind the scenes with other police families as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of police work; learn how to manage the effects of organizational stress and the pressures of unpredictable schedules, long hours and loneliness; gain awareness of the emotional, physical, and behavioral warning signs which can lead to such extreme situations as posttraumatic stress, alcoholism, suicide and domestic violence; find out where families can go for help and counseling; and get an inside look at cop couples and the special challenges facing women, minorities, and gays and lesbians on the force.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Cop Families
This book was recommended to me by a fellow cop wife. I finally read it, and was so relieved. Many of the things that I have been dealing with over the last 6 years, she addressed in the book. I came to realize that I'm not coping with issues that are unique. The life of a cop wife and family is not easy, but we are not alone. I truly believe that this should be mandatory reading for all families of police officers, new and old.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for every law enforcement family!!
As an organization for law enforcement families, Support And Family Enhancement, Inc., recommends this book at every presentation we give. It is insightful, and very helpful on helping families cope with the stresses of the job. Written in an easy to read format, with practical tips given, it is a MUST HAVE for every police family.

5-0 out of 5 stars An indispensable tool for understanding the cop mind
Even if you're not married to, or otherwise involved with, a police officer, this book can help you to understand a great deal of the police culture, mindset, and worldview. Its descriptions of the character of the typical police officer and of how that officer evolves over the usual 20-year career are particularly valuable. And it offers insights into the home life of cops and how they cope. Both failed and successful relationships are covered, and in the end the tone is upbeat and optimistic.

Also read "Cop World," by James McClure; "Homicide," by David Simon; "Cops," by Mark Baker; and Connie Fletcher's "Pure Cop," "What Cops Know," and "Breaking and Entering: Women Cops Talk About Life in the Ultimate Men's Club."

5-0 out of 5 stars A good read for those who know (and love) a cop
I bought this book years ago, after my boyfriend made it clear he intended to become a Police Officer. About 5 years later, we are still together, and he is about to enter the Police Academy. Reading this book early on allowed me to better understand what he was going to be going through, and what our relationship would likely endure as well.

His parents were less than enthusiastic about his decision, but a lot of that comes from fear. This book helped me toss aside my own fear, and deal with just the facts. Thanks in part to this book, I have been able to help him defend his decision, and at the very least help his mother come to terms more with his choice (his dad is still a work in progress).

Of course this book won't be able to cover every potential problem or situation. But, there are lessons to be learned, even by reading between the lines, that will help you have a better, stronger relationship with your loved one who is a cop.

As for Dr. Kirschman, she works in Oakland, CA as a police psychologist. I live a few miles away from Oakland, and know a good number of officers who know Dr. Kirschman personally. They all have expressed to me that they like and respect her, and thought that my reading her book was probably a very good thing for my relationship with my boyfriend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent book
It helped my wife understand myself a little better. ... Read more


194. Armies Without States: The Privatization of Security
by Robert Mandel
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195. The Politics of the Presidency (Politics of the Presidency)
by Joseph August Pika, John Anthony Maltese, Joseph A. Pika
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the changing face of the Am. Presidency
I have this book as a text for a political science class I'm taking at the Rochester Institute of Technology.Though a bit pricey at $40, I truly find this a solid read.It should be appropriate for all levels of reader,though it seems to be geared towards those with at least basic knowledge ofthe American political system. ... Read more


196. Introduction to Corrections
by RichardTewksbury
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The new edition of Introduction to Corrections provides students with a basic understanding of the structure andoperations of correctional systems, the evolutionary andpolitical development of corrections, and the goals ofcorrections in contemporary society. It takes students from an examination of the role of corrections in society's attempt to control crime to an in-depth look at two of the most pressing problems in U.S. corrections today: overcrowding and financial problems. ... Read more


197. Introduction to Criminology : Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior (with InfoTrac)
by Frank E. Hagan
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-30)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Formerly a Nelson Hall title, this text is a comprehensive introduction to the study of criminology, excluding additional chapters on the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) as can be found in some texts. INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY avoids an overly legal and crime control orientation. It concentrates on the vital core of criminological theory--theory, method, and criminal behavior. Hagan investigates all forms of criminal activity, such as occupational crime, political crime, and environmental crime. He explains the methods of operation, the effects on society, and how various theories account for criminal behavior. ... Read more


198. Whoever Fights Monsters
by Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
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Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how is able to track down some of today's most brutal murderers.

Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them--Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers of the police to capture.

And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler's gone behind prison walls to hear the bizarre first-hand stories countless convicted murderers. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills, is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.

Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for toady's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.
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199. Corporate and Governmental Deviance: Problems of Organizational Behavior in Contemporary Society
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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For nearly two decades this anthology has provided the most complete and accessible treatment of the deviance of big business and government. Now in its Fifth edition, it has been enhanced with an expanded introductory essay and new selections that draw attention to moral and ethical questions facing corporations and politicians, from cover-ups of the Ford Pinto fire hazards and the health risks associated with Rely tampons to rationalizing Nazi genocide and a police brutality probe of the Los Angeles Police Department. An essay on media coverage and public reaction to white-collar crimes has been added to the already exhaustive list of contributions by prominent authorities on the subject. ... Read more


200. The Will to Kill : Making Sense of Senseless Murder (2nd Edition)
by James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, Kenna D Quinet
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-10)
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Written by well-known experts, this book employs the general notion of power and control as a central and unifying thesis for understanding why people kill. Presents a classification of homicide theories, examining "the will to kill" from various perspectives. Several case studies are included in each chapter, often well-known examples drawn from recent headlines. Discusses current related controversies such as gun control, the insanity defense, and the death penalty.For anyone interested in criminology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Levin & Fox Did It Again
Of the many books writen on the topic of Homicide, THE WILL TO KILL is unique in that it covers the topic from a perspective that is interesting to the casual true crime fan and yet is an invaluable resource to the serious professional who delves into the grisly world of murder.

Levin & Fox have produced several serious works on the topic of homicide and all reflect the fact that the authors are academically qualified professionals who definitely know their business.THE WILL TO KILL covers all bases from the chapter on "The Law of Homicide" which provides the reader with specific legal definitions of the various catagories of murder, to the victimology of murder and statistical information on a local and world occurance of the phenomonon to put the entire topic into regional and global perspective.This infomation is of great value to the professional in the field of criminology as well as to the student in the criminal justice and related fields.

Whereas traditional and historical forms of homicide are explored such as serial, mass and cult motivated murders, the new and recent trends of murder are also covered such as school shootings, workplace violence and hate motivated murder.The disturbing trend of youthful killing is discussed with predictions for furture involvement of America's violent young people.Finally, the last chapter of this work, "Getting Away with Murder" looks at the insanity defense and the dilemma of handling youthful killers in the courts. Capital punishment is also a topic of the last chapter.

Throughout the book, interesting and informative case studies are cited which provide the reader with direction for further research on the topic.The overall demographic coverage of this book can save professional and student a great deal of time searching out similar information from numerous sources.

Speaking as a professional criminologist, I look forward to Levin and Fox's next book, DEAD LINES: ESSAYS IN MURDER AND MAYHEM. ... Read more


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