Overall, Offender Profiling offers a thorough, easy-to-read introduction to the art of profiling. The authors themselves concede that this vocation is indeed something of an art, as it has yet to be truly integrated into a theoretical model and tested in research trials. Despite this, profiling is used widely, and its status as a legitimate practice is largely undisputed, warranting a close study. Additionally, profiling methods offer us further insight into how to understand such fundamental themes in psychiatry as the classification of human behaviors and motives. Thus, one does not have to be a forensic psychiatrist to enjoy and learn from what the authors have so thoughtfully composed here, as students of decision making in psychiatry would do worse than to read not only Sherlock Holmes but also the work of his modern successors. For the uninitiated, then, this book both recaps the origins of profiling and provides an objective overview of the most important recent developments in this always intriguing and always provocative field.