This book should have been called The Great Roger Depue. I was looking forward to case history, psychological methods and actual reasoning but the book glosses over the cases and points instead to how great a man Mr. Roger Depue must be. I am sure he is great at what he does--after all he did 'profile' the bad guys pretty well--but dear gods, I wondered if he sprained his arm patting himself on the back quite so much.
The narrator did a good job so he gets a 5 but the story itself isn't about a hunt for violent predators so it gets a 1.
I have been in law enforcement and it truly shows the realness of it all. Very well written.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
Did not read the print version.
I loved the famous cases and the humanity of Depue during his personal journey.
When Depue sent a new BSU agent to meet with Ted Bundy after all his other agents were denied. The new agent got through and created a realtionship with Bundy to get so much information, which helped the BSU.
No. There are some moments you need a break. You are told about horrible cases with horrible events.
It was well read and an interesting story.
This book is alright, but in my humble opinion too much personal info of the author.
Roger Depue was an admirable example of a law enforcement professional. Interesting accounts of his work in some of the most notorious crimes in the nation. Some images will be hard to forget and you'll wish you never saw/heard them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it was so much more than I expected! What I expected was a book about criminal profiling and real-life examples of how these detectives go about creating psychological profiles of brutal killers and solve crimes. This book has all of that and so much more. This book is also a touching autobiography of Dr. Depue, who in many ways was a pioneer in his profession. Dr. Depue shares his childhood experiences, his relationship with his father, and all of the elements of his life that he believes shaped his mission to stamp out evil where it hides. I was touched by his trials, his honesty about his own mistakes, and his deep love for his wife that sustained him as he saw first hand (on a daily basis) the unfathomable evil that humans are capable of. Dr. Depue also shares his personal and spiritual struggles to reconcile living in a world where such evil exists. I came away with a deep respect for the men and women who put themselves in harms way and sacrifice so much (even their own sanity at times) to stop real-life monsters from preying on you and me. God bless them all!
you can easily see this guy's influence on so many crime dramas we see today on tv (criminal minds, basically any show with criminal profiling). when I read reviews, some reviewers felt Depeu was full of himself. I didn't get that impression but this guy can be full of himself, a true pioneer in criminal investigations & psychological profiling.
I bought this book expecting to hear all about the "Most Violent Predators" Agent Depue has met, but the first 4 hours is about his childhood and the last 2 are about Jesus.... Interesting, but the title does not match the content.
Roger Depue has led an interesting life, and at it's heart, Between Good and Evil is an autobiography depicting how he made his way from an ordinary upbringing to the head of the FBI's behavioral sciences unit . . . and beyond.
It's peppered with case studies of depraved criminals. These studies are graphic without being pornographic. The victims are treated with respect, and the treatments are detailed, without being overwhelming. Some are disturbing, as they should be, but somehow the story allows the reader to leave without being emotionally drained . . .The subject matter is handled well.
In full disclosure, this was my first "profiling" book. Looking for others now.
Story - 3.5 stars
Writing - 4 stars
Reader - 4.5 stars
Quite interesting view into the mind of thee serial killer and deranged. Might not be for everyone, but if you want more on the topic this is the one.