Now retired, Agent DeLong offers a "day-in-the-life" glimpse of her work. Field profiling - pioneered by John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood, who trained Agent DeLong - is one of the most fascinating and challenging branches of the FBI. She traces the unusual career path that led her to crime fighting, and recounts the obstacles she faced as a woman and as a fledgling agent.
DeLong takes listeners step by step through the profiling process and shows how she helped solve several incredible cases. The story of her role investigating leads on the notorious Tylenol Murderer case is utterly compelling. And, she gives a true, behind-the-scene insider's account of the efforts leading to the arrest of the Unabomber, including the media interference that nearly botched the case.
A remarkable portrait of courage and grace under fire, Special Agent fills a missing chapter in the annals of law enforcement literature and provides a dramatic and often funny portrait of an extraordinary woman who has dedicated her heart and soul to the crusade against crime.
©2001 Candice DeLong; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, A Divsion of Random House, Inc.
"Candice DeLong's career is the stuff of which best sellers are made. This fascinating book on the life of a remarkable FBI agent ranks with the best law enforcement stories. I highly recommend it." (Ken Follett)
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I really like this rendition of DeLongs career. She gave a good overview of her struggles being a woman within a male dominated organization without overly focusing on it. Also, the cases she choose to discuss were relevant even fifteen years later after publication. She manages to convey interesting information and advice without being heavy handed. Many books of this ilk tend to be self-serving and credit-grabbing. I liked hearing how she played a part in the teams and how those teams became successful. Also, her discussion about how she almost lost her pension based upon her moonlighting was a bit discomforting. I am glad the FBI has embraced diversity.
I would have liked a little more color of what happened to some of the supporting agents like Ice woman. Also, perhaps a little more color on how the Bureau is changing and it appears from her work for the better. She narrated the book, I found the narration to be helpful as she added emphasis that was instrumental. If you are interested in the FBI, she offers a perspective that I recommend you listen -- it will be fast listen.
Written with humor and grace, it is a treat to hear the author, Candace DeLong read her own book in her own voice - one can hear her sensitivity, intelligence and wit. These traits, along with discipline and a high energy level caused her to be a success in her initial career as the head nurse of a psychiatric ward, which in turn prepared her to be one of the first profilers at the FBI. Woven among the entertaining vignettes of rescuing a boy who was victimized by a child molester; capturing Ted Kazinski (the Unabomber), tracking down drug traffickers, infiltrating the mob, capturing a killer, recovering stolen government property -- are the threads of her life as a single parent. One of her responsibilities at the FBI was giving talks on how we can improve our personal security -- the advice in this last chapter alone would justify selecting this book. I could have listened to her much longer - and wish that the book had not been abridged. She has some spirit and some spunk and was probably fun to work with - but she also had discipline and intelligence that caused her to be selected for some of the most challenging and dangerous FBI assignments. An accomplished public speaker, her clear delivery of the book she wrote was a treat to listen to...I highly recommend this book.
Great overview of a leader and her personal story
Well written personal story of a unique career
I thoroughly enjoy DeLong on Investigation Discovery and am subscribed to her podcast. Listening to this made me respect and love her even more.
When I began listening to her stories on ID, I thought she may have been playing it up for the cameras, especially with her quippy one liners. However, this book proved me wrong. Not only do her one liners appear unexpectedly, but at the perfect time!
She was also very much involved and instrumental in huge cases that are merely mentioned in the list of her credentials on ID. DeLong's experience in paving the way for women in the FBI prove her to be an expert in the fields of murder, mayhem, profiling, awareness, and, most interesting, undercover work.
Lori, Hopes Mom
I really liked this book...read by author. Anyone who likes a insider look into the life of a police officer, esp a womans perspective
The story flows well enough and stays interesting, though the I-am-feminist-hear-me-roar sidebar comments strewn throughout the book get annoying - would have been better if she'd made her point early and moved on. Still, a satisfying read and good look at the life of an FBI agent. Also contains the first detailed description of the capture of the Unibomber I've read. Overall, I'd rate it between average and good.
An excellent look into the FBI's training and the career of an agent. It should be required reading for anyone who thinks they have what it takes. It shows both the good and the bad of a career in the FBI. The author does a great job of reading this story and the material is hard to put down.
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
yes, If there is an interest in true crime and profiling.
interesting all the way through
From hearing about her first days in the FBI academy, through her fascinating career with the FBI, this captivated me. It is especially unique to not only hear the perspective of a female agent, but one of the first. She really illustrates both the struggles women have faced in the agency as well as how far they have come.
I got a little mixed up with the timeline towards the end and had to backtrack a few times, but it is certainly understandable that she chose to end the book with her biggest case rather than how she left the FBI. The only other aspect that left something to be desired was her storytelling, but how many hats can one woman possibly wear (pun intended)?? Nurse, special agent, single mother, and now author and narrator - I have a new hero.
"A Candy-store for True Crime lovers"
Gripping Every Moment
There are so many memorable moments. Candice is not only one of the pioneers for women in the FBI but also one of the pioneers of the science-art of criminal profiling. Many of the cases you have already heard about???....she was there!!
One tough broad!!
Don't hesitate to purchase, especially in audio. I do hope Ms DeLong gives us more material. Im kind of devastated that its finished. I listened to it in less than 24 hours and will certainly listen again in the future.
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