“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.
My non-fiction books have extended my reach to thousands of first responder families and the clinicians who treat them. More than I would ever meet doing workshops or training classes. The third edition of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know (release date May 2018) contains two new chapters; one on relationships and one on living through troubled times. It has a striking new cover, plus new stories, expanded information and advice, and fully updated resources.