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FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek had a gift for getting child predators to confess. All he had to do was share a piece of his soul...

In the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it's like to fight a never-ending battle against an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children.

During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see - and once seen can never forget. There is no more important - or more brutal - job in law enforcement, and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases.

Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek's recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation.

In the Name of the Children takes listeners into the trenches of real-time investigations where every second counts and any wrong decision or overlooked fact can have tragic repercussions. Rinek offers an insider's perspective of the actual case agents and street detectives who are the boots on the ground in this war at home. By placing us inside the heart and mind of a rigorously honest and remarkably self-reflective investigator, we will see with our own eyes what it takes - and what it costs - to try to keep our children safe and to bring to justice those who prey on society's most vulnerable victims.

With each chapter dedicated to a real case he worked, In the Name of the Children also explores the evolution of Rinek as a Special Agent - whose unorthodox, empathy-based approach to interviewing suspects made him extraordinarily successful in obtaining confessions - and the toll it took to have such intimate contact with child molesters and murderers. Beyond exploring the devastating impact of these unthinkable crimes on the victims and their families, this audiobook offers an unprecedented look at how investigators and their loved ones cope while living in the specter of so much suffering.

©2018 Jeffrey L. Rinek and Marilee Strong (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with BenBella Books

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  • G. Haas
  • Minneapolis, MN USA
  • 08-06-18

Rollercoaster of emotions

This book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you learn about some of the most violent offenders. There are times I cried and times I laughed. Its an interesting look inside the workings of the FBI and those they protect.

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just okay

I struggled with this book. I don't know if all former agents have a model when they choose to write about their lives and cases, but every one I've read had the same tone. three was interesting information about some cases that I didn't know, but I just didn't vibe with it. it felt hollow and for a man who's lived such an amazing unique experience I thought there'd be more to it. and I hated the narrator, but that's not how fault he isn't Kevin Pierce

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Tedious listening...

There was absolutely zero inflection or emotion present in the reader’s voice. I honestly thought it may have been the same automated voice that answers when I need to pay my credit card company.

As far as the content of the book itself, there was a lot of unnecessary personal anecdotes on the part of the author.

For that reason, the book seems to lack focus.

This issue is somewhat remedied as the story progresses but is still a consistent issue throughout.

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Terrible narrator

Tough listening to this speak and spell narrator so coldly and robotically divulge such a sensitive, horrific topic.

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one of the best ever

This was just a great story, told by a master storyteller. What a true hero Jeff is!!! Absolutely love the book; highly recommend it. One of my favorites of all time.

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Wonderful

As a grandmother who is raising my granddaughter it was an amazing experience to find that my feelings about letting her outof my sight were validated. Thank you.

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what a story

you have to be strong minded to hear this story, but wow what a story. it makes you realize how committed and strong our dedicated law enforcement and investigators have to be!

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Great Book written by a good cop

This guy is the real deal. As someone who knows all too well, sometimes you feel like you’re fighting against your superiors AND against the bad people in this world. He’s very candid and that sometimes comes with the harsh reality of child sex crimes. Not for the faint hearted. Highly recommended true crime
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Intense,educational,and yet emotional! Great read!

So many different facets to take note in this book. You can focus on the predators or the outcome or the mind set of all the individuals part and lives set in this writing. If you are a forensic student this is very helpful I believe on all levels. It helps profile people in general, shines light on all that goes into a crime and conclusion of it all.
If you are a fanatic of true events than these stories have made the news and provide more closure on the cases solved and unsolved.
If your related to a crime detective or know someone that is .... This can help you understand what mind set they have grown to achieve and how it affects them both good and bad.
This book also helps reflect on yourself and how you react to different scenarios. As well as bring you to a grave understanding of the psyche of mentally diseased criminals of all kinds. And truly what human are capable of. Can be quite humbling.
The narration was monotonous thruout but the story line keeps you coming back. So if you can get passed the narrator sounding like a computer to a degree the book is worth it. Truly!

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Terrible narration

The narrator was so awful! I almost returned this book a couple times because it was so robotic and weird but I’m glad I stuck it out. Be warned..you can’t “un hear” the truly horrific cases Jeffrey was involved it. I had to take several mental & emotional breaks from his book.