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In this first-person account of becoming the FBI's top serial-killer hunter and a member of a religious order in an attempt to discern the true nature of good and evil, Roger L. Depue searches for an understanding of how evil develops. Between Good and Evil is Depue's look back at a life spent apprehending criminals, especially serial killers, first as a small-town police chief, then an FBI-SWAT team member, Behavioral Sciences Unit chief, and a developer of revolutionary law enforcement programs.

The book also examines Depue's experience studying with the Brothers of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles in an attempt to discover why a good person like his wife, whom he had lost to cancer, is allowed to die while monstrous criminals get to live. Following his time in the clergy, Depue returned to law-enforcement and today heads one of the world's most elite forensics think tanks, "The Academy".

©2005 Roger L. Depue and Susan Schindehette; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

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an autobiography more than a career retrospective

What did you love best about Between Good and Evil?

fascinating and insightful, but more about the life and career of Depue and less about criminal profiling.<br/><br/>Still a great read, and the presentation is fantastic, but maybe more of the author's life and less of the details of his career than you might be expecting. Also, there is a consistent religious aspect to the author's life. It does not supersede his commitment to the science of forensics and his work at large, but anyone with a hard anti-religious agenda might lose interest before finishing this book (the author commits himself to religious study, but never loses sight of his role as an objective observer). My suggestion is that regardless of you theological inclination, listen to his whole book.<br/><br/>When all is said and done: a fantastic voice performance, a great read, and a definite recommendation.<br/><br/>*WARNING: THIS BOOK DETAILS EXTREMELY HEINOUS VIOLENT CRIMES. AVOID THIS TITLE IF THAT IS PROBLEMATIC FOR YOU*

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

very accessible and easy to follow, though some details may be too much for some people, due to the violent nature of the author's work.

What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Paul Michael brings to this work exactly what I would hope for, which is nothing flashy. He reads the book in the sort of even, presentational tones that one would expect sitting in on an FBI debriefing, nothing more or less.<br/><br/>I find the greatest problem I have with audio books is readers trying to put too much stylzation into their reading. This book was read in a genuine and straightforward tone that was completely in keeping with the text.

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A great reading of a very good book. Slow at times, but a great experience over-all.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating

This book was a fascinating listen and the narrator was quite good. Although the book is largely about his life, it adds wonderful context to his career as an FBI profiler and the origins of this science.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Gulfport, FL, USA
  • 05-13-05

Inspiring True FBI Story

As a rule, I don't like books written by FBI agents. Many strike me as self-serving portrayals of self-proclaimed super heroes. Between Good and Evil is the great exception. Roger Depue's powerful and emotional story explains so much about the minds of the sociopaths we all know by name; Bundy, Berkowitz, etc., and takes the reader on a journey through the life of an exceptional law enforcement officer, teacher, Marine, cleric and philosopher. The story would be a great work of fiction, but it's remarkably true story that speaks of the one in a million people out there, monsters, who for all you know could be living next door. I'm not sure how it could be made into a screenplay, but I bet it would make a helluva movie.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Douglas
  • New Baltimore, MI, USA
  • 02-28-09

enlightening and riveting

this book has given me a whole new perspective on the topic. It was engaging and eye opening.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unreal

This book is a great listen! Many of us have no clue as to the inner workings of Policing in our country and yet this book brings it right to your home and in your face, While my Father was involved in law enforcment I never really knew! Great Read! KUDOS!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Vikki
  • WICHITA, KS, United States
  • 06-23-07

Interesting...

Its a very interesting book and it is graphic in description. If your not up for that kind of thing or have a weak stomach you may not like this. (At least there are no pictures!) I would recommend this to anyone interested in true crime, forensics, and the psychology of what makes a serial killer tick. I enjoyed it. (even if I did get squeamish one or two times.)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline
  • Morgan Hill, CA, USA
  • 03-28-05

Compelling, creepy and sensitive

This was a great listen. Mr. Depue has lead a fascinating life, ranging from profiling and chasing serial killers, to joining a monastery. Truly incredible professional story that really opens the readers eyes to the brutality of murder, and the hero's that hunt them.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • Moroni, UT, United States
  • 02-25-05

Fancinating and frightening at the same time

The author showed how they had to partially become like the murderers. They had to understand how and why they think the way they do. Highly Recommend

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Autobiography Marketed as Predator Hunt

An interesting read. The narration was outstanding, but this book is more a man waxing philosophical about good and evil than "a hunt for society's most violent predators." Hey, the marketing worked. I wouldn't have bought the book otherwise, and it was pretty good, but not really as advertised.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dodger
  • Houston, TX USA
  • 07-26-05

All Small Talk

If you want in-depth profiler science, details about cases, significant facts, get some other book. This book contains all fluff, small talk, just "venting" by the author.
I listened to the whole book and all the important stuff can be condensed to about 20 minutes. Not even all that entertaining. Not entertainment and not documentary. A no-man's land where I don't want to go again. LOL

9 of 15 people found this review helpful