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Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
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Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling

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Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new science called criminal profiling.

Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall―for almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual menace New York City ever faced.”

In desperation, Police Captain Howard Finney sought the help of a little known psychiatrist, Dr. James Brussel, whose expertise was the criminal mind. Examining crime scene evidence and the strange wording in the bomber’s letters, he compiled a portrait of the suspect down to the cut of his jacket. But how to put a name to the description? Seymour Berkson―a handsome New York socialite, protégé of William Randolph Hearst, and publisher of the tabloid The Journal-American―joined in pursuit of the Mad Bomber. The three men hatched a brilliant scheme to catch him at his own game. Together, they would capture a monster and change the face of American law enforcement.

Title:Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
Edition Language:English
ISBN:125004894X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages
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  • Rose
    Feb 22, 2017

    An amazing journey into the search for a bomber, Incendiary has impeccable sources and details that make you part of the hunt. Michael Cannell's skills for building the tension made me feel frustrated...

  • SundayAtDusk
    Feb 27, 2017

    In Incendiary, author Michael Cannell takes a long, detailed, highly readable look at the Mad Bomber; the police who investigated the case; the psychiatrist who created such an accurate profile of the...

  • M- S__
    Jan 28, 2017

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and review.This book is great. Definite shades of Lawrence Wright. Cannell really expertly weaves the facts and reporting of the case of th...

  • ck
    Mar 25, 2017

    Advance copy courtesy Minotaur/St. Martin's Press via the Amazon Vine programThese days, with a steady flow of news and fiction, it would be easy to take the concept of criminal profiling for granted....

  • David
    Feb 12, 2017

    How much do you like to know about a book before you start it? The answer may tell you something significant, but not necessarily flattering, about yourself, like some kind of marshmallow test for the...

  • Auderoy Lin
    Jan 30, 2017

    FAV QUOTES:Schizophrenics follow their own logic. We just don’t understand it.How does one apprehend the wits of a madman?He looked unremarkable in every way, as if life had failed to make a disting...

  • Andrew Benesh
    Apr 26, 2017

    Incendiary is a unique book that chronicles the Mad Bomber of New York and the various police, psychiatrists, journalists, and judges who ultimately brought his 16 year campaign of domestic bombings t...

  • Stacy
    Mar 30, 2017

    In Incendiary, author Michael Cannell manages to encapsulate a time period when police work was beginning to merge with science and was galvanized into further considering the psychological component...

  • Deborah
    Mar 18, 2017

    Felt immediately swept up and transported to another time and place. Engaging, suspenseful, well paced. Bravo. ...

  • Rosie McConachie
    Mar 15, 2017

    'Incendiary' looks at the beginning of criminal profiling and the individuals who helped develop the field. Cannell writes engagingly and with verve; his style is journalistic and almost reads like a ...