Portraits of Guilt

Portraits of Guilt

Inside the investigations of the deadly crimes that have shocked our nation -- the Polly Klaas kidnapping, Susan Smith's drownings of her own children, the Oklahoma City bombing -- one woman is the investigative world's secret weapon. You've seen her work: it was her composite drawing that revealed the face of the Unabomber, her hand that put a profile on Oklahoma City's John Doe II, her "dead ringers" that led to resolutions of those and other cases. Now Jeanne Boylan, the gifted forensic artist, whose beauty and compassion make her one of the most fascinating crusaders in the war against crime, tells her own riveting and deeply personal story.
Boylan reveals the glories and the costs of a career that calls her to join high-profile manhunts to help pick up the pieces of lives devastated by violence. And in a moving disclosure, she shares the reasons behind her relentless pursuit of justice and how she, too, knows firsthand the price of crime.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476725604 | 
  • September 2012
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Chapter One: The Face Of A Madman

"Miss Boylan?"

A tap on my shoulder snapped me out of my daydream.

"Yes?"

"FBI. We have a witness in the Unabom case. I need you to come with me."

My heart took a free fall inside my chest, pressing against my lungs, shortening my breath to a few jagged gulps. The Unabom case? But how had they tracked me down? I was merely trying to change planes on my way home after a long and exhausting case. I hadn't even noticed the clean-cut man in the dark blue suit. I must have passed right by him, searching for the gate number written in grease pencil on the face of my airline... see more

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