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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.

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"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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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 09-04-15

Over before you know it

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

This was an excellent book. It was very interesting to learn what it is like to be an FBI agent, especially from a woman's perspective. The famous cases Candice worked on were very familiar to me so it was exciting to hear what happened on the scene.

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Interesting & unique story

What did you love best about Special Agent?

Great overview of a leader and her personal story

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Well written personal story of a unique career

What about Candice DeLong’s performance did you like?

Very genuine

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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Love me some Candy! #badass

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.

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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 4 people found this review helpful

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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 4 people found this review helpful

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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 5 people found this review helpful

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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

Which scene was your favorite?

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  • Rich
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 04-18-04

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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  • JohnD Kelleher
  • 05-13-14

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.