Max Allan Collins - Killer Profile
Criminal Minds #2
Criminal Minds #2
Genre: Criminal mystery
Publishing year: 2008
An elite team of FBI profilers is called in to help Chicago detectives investigate a series of bizarre murders. Though all are violent and disturbing, the crimes seem unrelated until profiler David Rossi makes the connection. He recognizes each grisly tableau as one modeled on the crime scenes of three of the country's most notorious serial killers: David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer.
Someone is taking the cult of true crime to terrifying extremes, and with so many killers left to emulate, Rossi wonders how he can possibly profile a killer who's hiding within the killer profiles of others.
I've started reading tie-in books a looong, long time ago. In a way, a very weird way, tie-in books have been my access key into reading, namely the X Files books by Kevin J. Anderson, two of which I actually hold in high regards. For those of you unfamiliar with this sort of books, let me summarize it for you: it's like watching an episode of the series, only that it takes 5 hours to get through it, instead of 40 minutes I'm a slow reader, ok? -. There's nothing inherently bad about this sort of books, but there's nothing to write home about either in general, their only purpose sometimes being just to monetize a bit more of the show's success.
As such, Killer Profile by Max Allan Collins does not stray from this intended path. It is a simple novel that closely mimics the style of the show, without actually trying to tread any new ground or to chance upsetting anything from the show's chemistry. It is and that's just all most people could say for it.
For my general surprise, this is the second book of the series and my research, at first, did not yield this. That is not a problem however, as the book focuses on the show's formula instead of building its own identity from it. Thus, characters that you may know from the series are here in all their glory, but they don't do anything particularly interesting.
If you have, or have not seen Criminal minds before, it's all the same here. The authors go to great lengths of introducing each character a number of times, describing their image and their behavioral habits, in absolute minute detail.
This is particularly grating each time agent Jareau gets to do anything: you will grow numb to how wonderfully she's presented. All that I felt that was missing from her description each single time was a comparison with an angel and it would've been the complete bouquet.
There are no major themes explored here, no greater plot than the mystery at hand, no great character moments that can actually be memorable, or even a very interesting villain.
How can a villain be truly interesting when the whole point of his crimes was that he was copying OTHER criminals that did things bigger and better and were more memorable at their time? For the longest time I couldn't help but think that "Yeah, good job asshole, but you'll still be remembered as a talentless freak that couldn't even copy the crimes right." For a "sophisticated and highly intelligent" criminal, his motivation was well, very dopey in my opinion.
As I said in the beginning, there is nothing much to say about the book except that it would've been nice if it would've managed to do something more interesting than just rethread familiar stuff for the fans.
For the non-fans however, there is better police literature out there and I would urge you to head in that direction rather than this one.
Not bad, not good, not even malign in any way. Read it if you must, better yet skip it and get something better for your money.