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SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime by [Streed, Michael W.]
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"Mike Streed is a cop - and one of California's most vital artists...a standout in his field!"- Orange Coast Magazine, Orange County, CA "SketchCop puts the entire investigation of my daughter's murder in a context rarely available to the public. Sarah, her friend, will be forever remembered for her unbelievable courage. The two of you clearly made a wonderful team as you worked together to make sure the man who killed Samantha could never hurt another child."- Erin Runnion, Samantha's mother and Founder - The 'Joyful Child Foundation' "SketchCop is a timely, compelling commentary on the power and importance of forensic art. Mike Streed's work has been key to identifying many offenders. He has also been a great ally of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and this book brings the complex, difficult cases he has worked to life."-Ernie Allen, Former President - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children "As insightful a read as it is fascinating, written by an expert who is in the know. A must-read for true crime fans and those interested in the fascinating world of real police work." - Gary C. King, author of Blood Lust and Driven to Kill

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1639 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942266316
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press; 2 edition (3 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A5M6BF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have always been in awe at the individuals who provide the sketches of the "bad guys" in criminal investigations. This is a very well written and well presented book about Author Michael Streed's career as a police officer and as a sketch artist. This book was very educational in that he described the aspects of how he got his career started, how to deal with victims that are usually traumatized and working to help catch the criminals. I have always been interested in True Crime and anything forensics and this book is a great addition to my library. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a TC/forensics fan or even if you enjoy detective books.
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This was a very informative book about an excellent sketch artist and his 35 year career. The history of sketch artists and the cases they are involved in are fascinating. This book was also an emotional rollercoaster as the author details cases and his career. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys true crime.
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I hadn't read a true crime book for ages until I came across this one. I was immediately drawn in by the very easy to read style of writing and then hooked by the stories...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 12 Jan. 2016
By Thomas Panholzer - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael W. Steed delivers a compassionate book describing criminal cases where his sketches often influenced trial outcomes and apprehension of suspects. Steed grew up in a police culture, which affected his torn desire to be either a police officer or an artist. He fell into the opportunity to combine the two and has become a nationally noted police sketch artist. He coined the phrase SketchCop and has successfully developed his own nationally used computer software to aid in sketching suspects. That being said the book’s strength for this reviewer lies in three areas: 1. the tracing of the field’s historical development from just calling in a local artist to developing respected divisions staffed with trained police artists, 2. the description of the two major methods to develop suspect sketches, and 3. how he has personally worked with witnesses, notably children, to successfully develop sketches leading to the apprehension of violent criminals. Perhaps the uniqueness of this book lies in the author’s admission of the failures encountered. As this reviewer moved from chapter to chapter, he found the author’s deep seated compulsion to assist police and victims at any time of the day to be perhaps due to his seeking penitence for a failed case very early in his sketch-artist career. In that case, found in chapter three, the wrong man was convicted and served twenty years for a crime he had not committed. This conviction arose partly because of the author’s sketch. As the chapters continue, I could not help but see the evolution of a police officer who really wanted to help victims and police get the right guy. The author earns this reviewer's respect as throughout the remainder of the book he strongly emphasizes the importance of interviewing witnesses without leading questions and the need to trust the ability of children to present an accurate description. He further states without hesitation that no one should be sentenced to die based solely on a police sketch. The book’s strongest appeal to this reviewer lies in the author’s description of how he develops his sketches, thus, SketchCop should appeal to writers of police drama, whether true or fiction. It should also appeal to defense attorneys, police officers, other sketch artists, and the general public because the author does tell some darn good stories. I cannot rate the book five stars, however, for the book has a number of grammatical errors including wrong word usage, improper pronoun-antecedent agreement, skipped words, inconsistent use of dashes, mixing up second and third person pronouns, and a few other things, but this is the English teacher in me, and under no circumstances will they stop a reader from thoroughly enjoying the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational.... 11 Jan. 2016
By JoAnn Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Sketchcop:

Excellent book!

This book is very well written. I have read a lot of true crime books, where most emphasize on the facts, profiling and why they commit the crime.. This one takes a different approach.

I always felt empathy for the victims in other books, are appalled at what was done and have been even scared at times...

I learned a lot about how people were found, whether they were a victim or had committed a crime.

It was very interesting to learn a different approach to law enforcement. Not only how it is done but the history behind sketching.

I was amazed at the sketch aspic of law enforcement. I really didn't realize how personal it could be, or how detailed the methods are to achieve a sketch!

Not only did the book cover the facts, it made you feel the emotion of the stories, some of the stories even had humor, the author gave any honest picture of law enforcement as he lived it.

I've got a whole new respect for individuals who choose a career in law!

Awesome!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forensic art 24 Jan. 2016
By B. McKee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting book which stresses the importance of police sketches in solving crime. The author boasts 35 years as a forensic artist who has assisted in the capture and arrest of many criminals during his career.

The material is somewhat repetitive and I found myself skimming until I got to the next case history. The book contains some illustrations comparing the author's sketch to the suspect's photograph.

I deducted one star for the "more than ten" typographic errors.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and interesting true-crime book 19 Jan. 2016
By Tina Wiley-Stringer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always enjoyed true crime books. This was my first time to read a book by this author and I was very pleased with his writing. Michael Streed takes the reader into his world as a "sketch cop", but he brings his stories down to a level where outsiders can understand and relate to his profession. So many times professionals have done something for so long that they tend to "talk above" the general public about their profession or passion. Mr. Streed manages to avoid this as he effortlessly brings the reader into his world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in true crime or other related subjects.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!! Highly recommend! 25 Feb. 2016
By Vicky Carruth - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book!! Interesting, informative, (funny in some places) AND it makes you think!! If you were attacked or witnessed a crime, could you describe the assailant(s)? Normally, I rarely forget a face, but this book actually got me to wondering if I would be able to describe an assailant if I was a victim or witness of a crime. It takes an incredible amount of patience and talent to do this type of work. Thank you to the author, Michael Streed for giving us a look into this important area of law enforcement that most civilians rarely think of!!
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