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The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology

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To help writers create more credible and convincing criminal characters, this guide examines the basics of psychology and law, theories of criminality, and various disorders that can lead to criminal behaviour. It also explores the legal process, forensics, and treatment of offenders and victims.
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 22nd 2002 by Writer's Digest Books
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Jul 09, 2008 Kathrynn rated it did not like it
I did not care for how this book was laid out. There was some good information, but I had to sift through a vast amount of filler info to find it. The author spent a great deal of time giving real life, television, and movie cases then picked them apart for accuracy. I was very frustrated after spending the time reading her lengthy details to find a summary of exceptions--in paragraph form.

I found the style and tone mind numbingly boring, the useful information surrounded by pages of narration
Mar 24, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it
Not what I hoped for. While it provides a lot of information, it wasn't the information I was looking for, so it ended up not being very useful for me.

There was a lot of repetitive information, and several times where I sensed an irritated or condescending tone to the words as if the author wrote the book to correct misconceptions she'd heard - but not in the "let me write a book to give people the facts" way, more like "let me write a book to rant about all the misconceptions people have" kind
Mar 07, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent intro to criminal profile types. The author explains the legal conditions concerning how an offender may claim insanity. The author does delineate crime concerning the youth. The book also informs you about what responsibilites, ethics and procedures a forensic psychologist has concerning criminal defenses.The author also brings your attention to the challenges and issues within the field of forensic psych that concern malingering and lie detection. The author holds deg ...more
N.L. Riviezzo
The tone of the book was mind-numbing. The organization of the content was minimal and often unreadable. The useful content was difficult to find after sifting through all the examples that weren't particularly good examples of the condition they were suppose to represent. All in all, this book qualifies as a borderline waste of paper.
May 11, 2014 Arlene rated it really liked it
If you are a writer and you work within the crime genre, this is definitely a book you should read. It details the roles that various mental health professionals play in the world of criminal law, as well as some of the ethical and professional pitfalls one can get into.

Research is important to any writer, and this is a fantastic book to have in the research toolbox.
Oct 02, 2009 D. added it
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Mar 13, 2009 Elizabeth Engstrom rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read by an important author in the field.
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Aug 31, 2012 Anne Marshall rated it did not like it
Much too dry, which is surprising considering her last book wasn’t.
Mar 28, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it
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A good reference for writers. Not always the most exciting reading, but it gives the background and details you need to create your own CSI type story where Forensic Psychology is concerned.
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I've loved books since I was 3, and the library was a highlight of my childhood. I've been fortunate to be able to find great joy in what others have written and sometimes to give this to readers. I follow my own muse, because it leads me on interesting adventures. If others benefit, so much the better.
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