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.