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Special Agent | [Candice DeLong]

Special Agent

Retired FBI Agent Candice DeLong has tailed terrorists, gone undercover as a gangster's moll, and was one of the agents chosen to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomber in Montana. Now she explains how she helped solve several of these incredible cases and more.
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Publisher's Summary

For twenty years, Candice DeLong was on the front lines of some of the FBI's most memorable and gripping cases. Some have called her a real life Clarice Starling and a female Donnie Brasco. She has tailed terrorists, gone undercover as a gangster's moll, and was one of the agents chosen to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomber in Montana. Now, for the first time, she reveals the dangers and rewards of her career as a field profiler in the FBI - the world's most powerful law enforcement agency.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Frances USA 05-21-05
    Frances USA 05-21-05
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    "Fascinating - Did Not Want It to End"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    La Butler-olson " Way Up North", MN 11-14-12
    La Butler-olson " Way Up North", MN 11-14-12

    Lori, Hopes Mom

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    "enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Special Agent to be better than the print version?

    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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 07-05-04
    Rob 07-05-04
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    "Not bad, but..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm 08-08-14
    bookworm 08-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I only like to read n0n-fiction. Bio's memoirs, true crime, profiling, History of wars. I'm interested in the truth of things.

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    "terrific, well written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, If there is an interest in true crime and profiling.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    interesting all the way through


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    n/a

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jbx2usa 08-22-05
    jbx2usa 08-22-05

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    "Must-Read for FBI Hopefuls"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Levittown, PA, United States 05-22-15
    Jessica Levittown, PA, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating look into the FBI"

    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.

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    leelee8888 Las Vegas 03-09-15
    leelee8888 Las Vegas 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

    True crime lover.

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    "Eh....eh . I expected more ..."

    Based on other reviews I expected more excitement from her ,since she has been an FBI agent for as long as she has. I thought that she could have picked more interesting stories. Most of the book is her retelling her experience of being a woman in a male dominated and chauvinistic work environment during the 1980s if you were in that field. A lot of the book focuses on her going through her experience as a woman being harassed by male chauvinist, misogynists, and sexiest pigs. I thought that her particular experiences that she picked out to share the book were flat and at times border lined dull. On a more positive note the first hour was somewhat interesting it was only the last two thirds that flatlined for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Baltimore, MD, USA 04-18-04
    Rich Baltimore, MD, USA 04-18-04
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    "worth trying"

    The writing is decent and the story is interesting, but the book would have been stronger with a professional narrator.

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    "A Candy-store for True Crime lovers"
    If you could sum up Special Agent in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping Every Moment


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Special Agent?

    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!!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One tough broad!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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