Wednesday, April 29

Threshold by G.M. Ford

Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan isn’t having the best year. Between the end of his marriage and a number of complains about use of excessive force, he seems to barely be holding on. He then gets assigned to investigate the disappearance of a councilman’s wife and daughter. Any mistakes could end up costing him his career. During the course of the investigation, Dolan meets Eve Pressman, and her daughter Grace. Grace has the miraculous ability to revive people who are comas, though she works hard to avoid being thrust into the public eye. Eve and Grace may not only know where the missing women are, but the dark secret behind their disappearance.

G.M. Ford wrote a fairly fast paced procedural with plenty of twists and turns and just the barest hint of the supernatural. For the majority of the story, I had absolutely no idea how it was going to end.

Wednesday, April 15

Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton E. Samenow, PH.D.

Originally published in 1984, Dr. Samenow has re-released his book taking a look at the criminal mind and updated with several decades of further information. I have not read the previous versions of this book, but it is obvious that at least a few of the sections have benefited from events in the past decade. Some sections which have been added since the original version is one on the use of computers for criminal activities, new drug influences, the effect of violent films/video games, and a look at whether or not genetics plays a role in criminality.

Most of what people know about criminals they probably learn from the news or crime shows. In his book Inside the Criminal Mind Dr.Samenow, a clinical psychologist, offers his profile of criminals. His chapters range from children/teens, work place crimes, drug abuse, mental illness, prisons, and how to change criminals. Each chapter is thoroughly researched and contains many examples. Dr. Samenow’s writing is concise and he avoids making his book read like a textbook (though the examples are often far more attention grabbing than the analysis).