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The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths    by Pat Brown & Bob Andelman order for
by Pat Brown
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Hyperion, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Pat Brown, author of The Profiler, slid into her profession by degrees when she became suspicious of a boarder at her family home. After a young woman was strangled on a running path that he frequented, she put two and two together and suspected that he was the murderer. Taking what she considered as evidence to the police, she was practically patted on the head and told to go home and let them take care of catching the person responsible. They never did.

Brown outlines her path to becoming one of the few women profilers in the United States, showing a strong degree of caring in the role. She never charges for her services. And most of the time, local police aren't interested in her reasoning. She tries to help bereaved families come to grips with their loss of a loved one by targeting whoever she believes is responsible. Her deductions make a lot of sense and, after many years of profiling, she can often spot clues that never surfaced before.

Serial killing is far more prolific than I had ever imagined. Harrowing to consider. We never know who we are sitting next to on a train or who walks beside us on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, they don't wear headbands with the words serial killer on them. Brown has encountered many cover-ups politics the driving force here, she believes. She has also had successes. And plans to continue with her line of work. She comes across as a selfless person who cares and is doing something about it. The Profiler is a very intriguing book.

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