Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Killing for Sport : Inside the Minds of Serial Killers by Pat Brown


Shocking, compelling and at times deeply disturbing "Killing for Sport" is an eye opening view into the minds of serial killers. Unlike other books on the subject Author/Profiler Pat Brown simplifies the difficult to understand jargon and explains each aspect in common language.  Her book gives the reader a interesting look into the life of a profiler and the world of the serial killer. Throughout her book Ms. Brown makes use of  actual quotes from well known serial killers, which adds to the jaw dropping reality of how incurably sick and dangerous such individuals are.

The Author:

"Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency.  Through The Sexual Homicide Exchange, Ms. Brown offers pro-bono criminal profiling and training for law enforcement. She also provides profiling consultation to attorneys, families, and producers through The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Ms. Brown holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and she developed the first Criminal Profiling and Investigative Analysis certificate program in the country for Excelsior College. She is the founder and director of The Society for Investigative Criminal Profiling, an organization working to promote criminal profiling as a major tool in police investigations. Ms.Brown has provided crime commentary, profiling and forensic analysis in over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and globally.  She contributed to special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of Profiler: Season Two and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino's crime classic, Reservoir Dogs.  

References: 
http://www.patbrownprofiling.com/biography.html

My Personal Opinion:
Ms. Brown's "no non-since" approach to explaining the mind of the serial killer is both refreshing and astounding. Where other authors beat about the brush, leaving the reader wondering what the author really implied, Ms. Brown boldly reaches out to the reader in plain English.  Ms. Brown is very point blank in her presentation, while adding a refreshing touch of humor.  This book is a great read for all who wonder how serial killers think.  I recommend this book, but due to the nature of this topic reader discretion is advised.

Where to Buy?
Killing for Sport can be purchased from Amazon through the links below.

Hard Cover Edition





Paper Back Edition




 
 
Audio Cassette (Unabridged)



Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Little Known By Janice Daugharty

A Kind-Hearted Boy. A Segregated Town. A Stolen Fortune.
Set during the turbulent era of the 1960’s, in the small segregated town of Statenville Georgia, "The Little Known' is a unique coming-of-age story full of hope and forgiveness. The story revolves around the central character Knot Crews, a young African American boy besought with the hardships of living in a small segregated town. Despite his hardship young Knot shows kindness and generosity well beyond his years after finding a bag of stolen cash that was dropped by a thief. He decides to use his new found wealth to help those in need anonymously. Yet to his horror those whom he sought to help squander his gift. Young Knot seeks to find a way to right the wrongs, and in the process learns that money is not the solution to life’s problems. (In fact money can cause more problems than one would think.)

The Author:
Born and raised in Statenville, Ga Janice Daugharty is a writer with a southern flare. Her published works included seven acclaimed novels and two short story collections. In 1997 Ms. Daugharty’s  novel “Earl in the Yellow Shirt" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  More recently Ms. Daugharty has served as writer-in-residence at Valdosta State University, in Valdosta, Georgia, near her home.

The author's website at www.JaniceDaugharty.com

Endorsements:
"Daugharty does a fine job of demonstrating how ordinary men and women are affected, in unpredictable ways, by race, poverty and geography and by the enduring legacy of important historical moments." Francine Prose, People Magazine

"Daugharty creates a forceful character and a compelling, often even humorous narrative." Washington Post Book World

"Daugharty's ear is excellent, her language concise and precise...shrewd and colorful prose." The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

"...fans will rejoice to see Daugharty do what she does best: showcase one character, setting her off against a thousand daily details, like a diamond nestled in the shards of lesser gems." USA Today

"Swirling with details that become more disturbing the closer you look, Ms. Daugharty's portrait of Cornerville is both intimate and unsettling." The New York Times Book Review

Janice Daugharty is a natural-born writer, one of those Georgia women like O'Connor, McCullers, or Siddons who are best grown in small towns, a long way from city lights. There is a lot of red clay and long nights in every line she puts on paper." Pat Conroy

My Personal Opinion:
Both unique and compelling Janice Daugharty presents her plot with passion and finesse. Her characters, and events are portrayed in realistic form. At times you may ask yourself “Could this have really happened“.  The answer is that this work is fictional although the story seems like a true tell. Which showcases the author's skill and creativity.  Great Job Aunt Janice, Love you

Where to Buy?
"The Little Known" is available on amazon in paper back and Kindle editions .
Paper Back

Kindle Edition