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Get Ready

For some chilling insights into the hidden dangers of police work.


Get Ready

For some chilling insights into the hidden dangers of police work.

“THE FIFTH REFLECTION is a shocking police procedural told through the eyes of police psychologist Dot Meyerhoff. Dot’s smart, tough, and dogged. Just the person I’d want on my side when seeking justice.”

—Matt Coyle, Anthony Award-winning author of the Rick Cahill crime series

“It’s clear that police psychologist Ellen Kirschman knows her stuff. Blunt insights about the blind spots, tension and frustration in the lives of cops emerge in the The Fifth Reflection as both wit and wisdom while a task force investigates crimes against children. The writing is honest, the characters feel real, and the science is subtly planted. Readers will learn without trying as they enjoy a tense, well-paced tale about human flaws, needs, and motivations.”

—Katherine Ramsland, bestselling author of Confession of a Serial Killer: Inside the Mind of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer


Finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards mystery/suspense category.   


Ellen Kirschman writes from the edge of her chair.

A police psychologist for thirty years, her been-there-done-that experience takes the reader behind the blue wall to ride along with real cops, not the made-for-TV variety. Kirschman’s cops live complicated lives, on the job and off. So does her protagonist, police psychologist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, as she struggles to balance her devotion to work with her personal life. Expect to get some chilling insights into the hidden dangers of police work and the struggles of a psychologist too dedicated for her own good.


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I am passionate about working with first responders and their families. That’s why I write for and about them.  Non-fiction has given me the opportunity to help a lot of people. I get to offer advice about loving and living with someone who loves a risky, psychologically stressful job. And I get to inspire clinicians to learn about treating this unique population. Writing fiction, inspired by real people and their real world jobs, extends my reach.  I only need to bend the truth a little to craft a bracing story.