Criminal Minds:Finishing School Max Allan collins

Published: November 4, 2008

Max Allan Collins was born on March 3, 1948 in Muscatine, IA. He is a writer and producer, known for Road to Perdition. He has been married to Barbara Jane Mull since June 1, 1968. They have one child.

Summary: Three hunters in the woods of Bemidji, Minnosota stumble upon a decomposed hand while tracking a deer. The local police are called in and discover the bodies of three blonde girls ranging from ages 12-15. Fearing they had a serial killer on their hands, the Behavioral Analyst Unit (BAU) is called in to investigate these murders. After Jennifer Jareau, JJ to her friends, finds the case, shehands it over to the team. They gear up and travel to the freezing cold Minnosota to track the killer. She was abducted over ten years ago at age three from Georgia.

Main Characters:
  • Dr. Spencer Reid: is a genius who graduated from Las Vegas High School at age 12. He is almost always introduced as Dr. Reid, even though the others are introduced as agents, because SSA Jason Gideon understood that people would not otherwise take Spencer seriously because of his young age.
  • Jennifer Jareau: originally acted as the team's Communication Liaison with the media and local police agencies. She has two sons with her now husband Detective William LaMontagne, Jr.
  • Penelope Garcia: is the team's Technical Analyst at BAU headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. She is flamboyant and fun-loving and provides the rest of the team with comic relief whenever it is needed
  • Emily Prentiss: is the daughter of an ambassador and a U.S. diplomat. After Agent Elle Greenaway left the BAU permanently following a case when she had shot an unsub in cold blood.
  • David Rossi: Senior Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, a "'founding father' of the BAU," was in early retirement from 1997 until his voluntary return to the BAU in 2007, replacing Jason Gideon, who had abruptly resigned from the BAU.
  • Derek Morgan:  is a confident and assertive everyman character, the son of an African-American father and white mother. He went to Northwestern University on a football scholarship, holds a black belt in judo, runs FBI self-defense classes, and served in a bomb squad unit and as a Chicago police officer.
  • Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner:  is a prosecutor and was assigned to the FBI field office in Seattle. Hotch is the leader and tells everyone where to go and what to do. He has a son named Jack by his deceased wife Haley.

Authors writing style: I liked the way that the author made it seem like that you were in the story and it was easy to visualize what was actually happening during the whole story.

I didn't really dislike anything about the authors writing style over all the other did a really good job.

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