Drs. Simon and Gold have contributed a text that is much overdue and welcome; it bridges the existing chasm. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry is a collaborative endeavor of 28 notable experts in the fields of forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology. The text itself is skillfully authored and edited to provide utility for both the general clinician and the more seasoned forensic psychiatrist. The book consists of 23 chapters divided into four parts. Part 1, Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry, is presented in eight chapters; part 2, Civil Litigation, in six chapters; part 3, Issues in Criminal Justice, in four chapters, and part 4, Special Topics, in five chapters. Each chapter is eloquently framed in a final conclusion section, which binds the individual elements of the chapter into the greater theme of the chapter. The authors further highlight the essential concepts of each chapter in bulleted key points and an enumerated short list of practice guidelines. The authors also provide extensive references and lists of suggested readings germane to each chapter to enhance the breadth and depth of understanding. The text serves to raise the level of forensic sophistication of each reader by providing a glossary of legal terms, a legal case index that provides references and discussion of pertinent cases, and a subject index that is alphabetically presented to facilitate topical location and cross-referencing.