May 9 2017 2:00pm

Incendiary: Audio Excerpt

Michael Cannell

Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell details the search for a serial bomber who 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.

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Michael Cannell is the author of The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit and I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism. He was editor of the New York Times House & Home section for seven years and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications. He lives in New York City.

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James Joyce
1. JamesPatrickJoyce
Weird. There was nothing in that chapter about what to do if the bus goes below 50. Huh.
2. maryc
Thanks for Chapter 1 - now I need the rest of the book.
Laurence Coven
3. Holmes
1950's New York City is a particularly redolent time for setting fiction and a period that is pretty much neglected. So I'm happy to see Cannell setting his new book there.
Deborah Dumm
4. deb730
I really want to read this book. It sounds so enthralling.
Barbara Lima
5. barblima
I love audio books, I would love to hear this one!
Christine LaRue
7. LadyAnubis
Would love to add this to the top of my audio TBR pile!
Janice Milliken
8. msjiva
Sounds like a good audio for a long trip!
9. tracy peters
This sounds really interesting!
Michael Carter
10. rubydog
Sounds great!
Yes, please enter me in this sweepstakes.
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Portia Asher
11. pixie
Please give me the opportunity to listen to this fascinating story.
Patricia Barraclough
13. librarypat
We seldom take the time to consider the developement of law enforcement as we know it today. We are used to hearing about bomb squads, profiling, fingerprinting, etc. We don't think about how, why, or when they came into being. INCENDIARY sounds like will be a good explortion of the how and why some of these law enforcement tactics and tools came into being. The audio book has a gritty, no nonsense quality to it that fits well with the topic.
Karl Stenger
14. Stenger
I would love to listen to this book.
Karen Hester
16. rosalba
I would like to know more about how profiling was developed
18. Beverly Laude
I love audiobooks! This sounds like a great read!
Vernon Luckert
19. vl4095
Have not been exposed to audiobooks much in the past, would like to give this one a shot.
Lori Provenzano
20. Mountainesque
Very visually evocative audiobook sample. I'm sure the book and audiobook would provide a very interesting and educational 'reader' experience.
Terry Pearson
23. hippiechick1955
I remember The Mad Bomber but information was vague back then. It's truly amazing how accurate profiling just really is.
Kimberly Gutherz
24. kmicro
Sounds good. Profiling is fascinating!
25. lindawwww
Sounds so exciting! I can't wait to listen to the entire book.
Alicia Sargant
28. asarge
I've never 'read' an audio book. This one sounds exceptional.
Martha DeMarco
30. md238
on the road often, would love to get this audiobook. It has my attention!
Suzanne Burnett
35. quilligan
Ooooo sounds like a super good book. Thanks for a chance!
36. Cmyk4
Always enjoy a good mystery
Jim Belcher
38. librarypops
Police and others who seek to capture or otherwise put criminals out of business often suffer from thinking the criminal cannot possibly be as smart as they are. A problem our cyber designers have today in their relations with hackers.
susan beamon
39. susanbeamon
This book/audio book will fit nicely into my true crime/law enforcement non-fiction section of my library.
Susan Mahaffey
41. Smbirds
Fantastic! I need to hear the rest of it please!!!
42. theresajs
My favorite way to read books: audio!!!
this one sounds really good!!!
thanks for this giveaway!!
43. LStirling
So interesting to explore the real beginning of the process of criminal profiling. I've never listened to audio books before, but I really like it!
Kris Kaminski
44. kjkski
This would be great for my next road trip!
Kris Kaminski
44. kjkski
This would be great for my next road trip!
45. clennek
Getting ready for that 1,000+ mile road trip to visit family. This audiobook would be a great way to maximize enjoyment of our time on the road!
Caroline Lennek
46. clennek
Getting ready for that 1000+ mile road trip to visit family. This audiobook would be a great way to maximize enjoyment of our time on the road.
Mary Ann Woods
49. puttputt1198eve
I"ve always been fascinated by criminal profiling!
John Smith
50. jsmith2jsmith
I would be glad to give an audiobook a try!
51. elsie321
I would like to hear the rest of the story.
Deb Philippon
52. DebP
This would be great to listen to when I clean out my closets. Wish me luck!
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