Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell

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Read Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling Online Free - Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new science called criminal profiling.

Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall―for almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual menace New York City ever faced.”

In desperation, Police Captain Howard Finney sought the help of a little known psychiatrist, Dr. James Brussel, whose expertise was the criminal mind. Examining crime scene evidence and the strange wording in the bomber’s letters, he compiled a portrait of the suspect down to the cut of his jacket. But how to put a name to the description? Seymour Berkson―a handsome New York socialite, protégé of William Randolph Hearst, and publisher of the tabloid The Journal-American―joined in pursuit of the Mad Bomber. The three men hatched a brilliant scheme to catch him at his own game. Together, they would capture a monster and change the face of American law enforcement.

Title : Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
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ISBN : 125004894X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Rose rated it ★★★★★

February 22, 2017

An amazing journey into the search for a bomber, Incendiary has impeccable sources and details that make you part of the hunt. Michael Cannell's skills for building the tension made me feel frustrated along with the bomb squad and officials, scared as the residents must have felt, and confused ho...

David rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2017

How much do you like to know about a book before you start it? The answer may tell you something significant, but not necessarily flattering, about yourself, like some kind of marshmallow test for the type of adults who feel about books like children feel about marshmallows. I consistently fail th...

SundayAtDusk rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2017

In Incendiary, author Michael Cannell takes a long, detailed, highly readable look at the Mad Bomber; the police who investigated the case; the psychiatrist who created such an accurate profile of the bomber that he appeared to be psychic; the newspapers that covered the bombings; and the bomber'...

M- rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2017

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and review. This book is great. Definite shades of Lawrence Wright. Cannell really expertly weaves the facts and reporting of the case of the Mad Bomber into an easy to follow narrative. I really appreciated how many perspectives you get...

Tony rated it ★★★☆☆

April 28, 2017

INCENDIARY. (2017). Michael Cannell. ***. The revisit to the story of the “mad bomber” of the 1950s was OK. What ultimately led to my skimming of much of it was the author’s style. How would I best describe it? How about like a compendium of Batman and Robin adventures. The characters talked as if...

Patricia rated it ★★★☆☆

October 14, 2017

I found the book interesting AND disappointing. I appreciated and enjoyed the historic aspect . I wondered even more about the role of Con Ed in the development of the Mad Bomber's pathology. However, the "explanation" of the development of profiling by Dr. Brussel was lacking. He apparently did...

D.J. rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2018

Michaell Cannell’s work Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling offers not only a turn paging thriller, explosive to the nerves and senses, but it gives the reader a comprehensive look into how forensic profiling began as a research tool in understandi...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

November 29, 2017

Very interesting look at the Mad Bomber of New York. This is a part of history that I had no knowledge of, so it was quite intriguing. It's hard to imagine that there was a time when criminal profiling didn't exist, now that it's so commonplace! Content: This book does have some gory crime details...

Auderoy rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

FAV QUOTES: Schizophrenics follow their own logic. We just don’t understand it. How does one apprehend the wits of a madman? He looked unremarkable in every way, as if life had failed to make a distinguishing mark on him. He was content in the company of bombs, despite the harrowing possibilities. If...

Lauren rated it ★★★☆☆

December 18, 2017

Incendiary is the story of the search for the "Mad Bomber", a terrorist who eluded the New York City police for 16+ years. The bomber chose public spaces like theatres, libraries, and train stations through the City in the 1940s/1950s. This case was one of the very first where law enforcement tea...

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