This Just In! Murder Behind The Badge, by Stacy Dittrich

Sociology and English were my two biggest loves in college I still have almost all of the books that I needed for English and Sociology on my shelves.  I don’t spend as much time as I would like reading Sociology or Psychology related books, but I still like to pick up books that explore those perspectives from time to time.

Murder Behind the Badge arrived last week and the blurb on the cover from Nancy Grace promises that the book “exposes the dichotomy between the police who fight crime every day versus those who have been criminals themselves…A real mind twister!”

A mind twister it might be, but from the quick skimming and overview I gave the book I don’t know if it’s I’ll have the stomach for anytime soon.  I have not given this book a thorough reading, and have not even completed reading one of the 18 cases presented, but from what I have seen there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of analysis of the cops behavior or any context about how any of the police departments have been dealing with the sociopaths that they have been employing.

Dittrich was a decorated police officer and former veteran of the force before she turned to writing and consulting.  She has a memoir of her experiences coming out in 2010 that might be more my speed.  To be honest I find this book a little scary, even to skim.

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  1. Oooh, I like scary! There was a day when I read everything Ann Rule ever wrote. I just find true crime so much more fascinating than fiction. With fiction, it seems they are all trying to outdo each other with shock value, but you can’t do that with real life. I’m on to this one!
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  2. I’m a sucker for a book like this that will scare the bejesus out of me! But if it will scare you, don’t read it! It’s no fun laying awake at night wondering why you read the book that is keeping you awake! Been there, done that!

  3. It was a terrific book. I won’t be able to put it down and completed the book in two days. The interesting thing is how a murderer gets a badge and how he was protected by fellow officers. My childhood dream was also to be a police officer and that may be a one reason why “I won’t be able to put down the book”. I like to read thriller & suspense books and currently I am reading “Shakespeare’s Truth” by “Rex Richards”. This book contains lots of suspense, conspiracy and surprising truth about Shakespeare.

  4. Replying to Volga- Dear your style of comment is superb. It shows that you really a fan of suspense books. Your comment bound me on it to get the book name you have read, until it finished. Good comment.
    Well can you give me purchase details of the book. I leave in Newzealand and wants its home delivery. Please let me know if you have any idea about this.


  5. Nancy- Thanks for your comments. You can buy this form its amazon link or can buy as eBook. For reference of both the links you can visit author’s website.


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