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Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780081026106, 9780081026113

Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques

4th Edition

Authors: Nathan Gordon William Fleisher
eBook ISBN: 9780081026113
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081026106
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th June 2019
Page Count: 406
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Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques believably answers the question, How do you know when someone is lying? It also provides a guide for interviewing probable suspects and interrogating likely perpetrators on techniques and tradecraft.

This book covers topics about searching for truth and revealing lies. It presents forensic assessments based on psychophysiology, and assessments on the basis of non-verbal behavior. The book also covers interview and interrogation preparation, as well as question formulation. It discusses the Morgan Interview Theme Technique or MITT, and the Forensic Assessment Interview or FAINT. The book addresses techniques for interviewing children and the mentally challenged, and offers information about pre-employment interviews. It also explains how to understand aggressive behavior and how to deal with angry people. The 4th Edition adds several Chapters on how to ascertain maximum information from victims and witnesses. The book concludes by presenting future methods for searching for the truth.

Law enforcement and security professionals, as well as prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, and civil litigators will find this book invaluable.

Key Features

  • The only book to address FAINT, Integrated Interrogation Technique, Forensic Statement Analysis and MITT in one source
  • Several Chapters on ascertaining information from witnesses and victims
  • Enables the interviewer to obtain a confession that can stand up in court


Polygraphists, Law Enforcement, Criminal Investigators, FBI, Military Police, Terrorism Investigators, and Security Professionals. Prosecutors, Criminal Defense Attorneys, Civil Litigators, Graduate Level Criminal Justice Students and Instructors, and Human Resource Professionals

Table of Contents

1. The Search for Truth
2. Truth and Lies
3. Psychophysiological Basis of the Forensic Assessment
4. Preparation for the Interview/Interrogation
5. Morgan Interview Theme Technique (MITT)
6. Forensic Statement Analysis
7. Question Formulation
8. Projective Analysis of Unwitting Verbal Cues
9. Nonverbal Behavioral Assessment
10. Traditional Scoring of the FAINT Interview
11. The Validation of the Forensic Assessment Interview (FAINT)
12. Interviewing Children and the Mentally Challenged
13. Report Writing
14. Torture and False Confession
15. Pre-employment Interviewing
16. Passenger Screening with Verbal and Nonverbal Cues
17. Legal Consideration
18. The Integrated Interrogation Technique
19. Statements, Recordings, and Videos
20. Understand Aggressive Behavior and Dealing with Angry People
21. The Instrumental Detection of Deception
22. The Search for Truth

A. Forensic Assessment Interview
B. Weighted FAINT Form
C. Pre-employment Booklet (Keystone Intelligence Network, Inc.)
D. Questionnaire


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About the Authors

Nathan Gordon

Nathan J. Gordon is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, where he developed the Forensic Assessment Interview and Integrated Interrogation Technique. He is an expert forensic psycho-physiologist and an internationally recognized expert in the field of Forensic Assessment Interviewing and Interrogation. He has lectured and conducted seminars on these subjects to thousands of law enforcement, intelligence and private security officers throughout the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Gordon, a recognized innovator in the field of truth verification, has had his work recognized in publications among which is, Forensic Psychophysiology; Use Of The Polygraph, by James Allen Matte. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Polygraph Association, numerous committees for the American Polygraph Association, and is a Director of the Vidocq Society. Mr. Gordon lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children, and grandson.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of The Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, Philadelphia, PA, USA

William Fleisher

William L. Fleisher is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training. He was the Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Philadelphia Office of the U. S. Customs Service. Mr. Fleisher is a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and/officer with the Philadelphia Police Department. He has over 33 years of experience in law enforcement.

An internationally recognized expert in Behavioral Symptom Analysis, Mr. Fleisher is the author of the U. S. Customs technical manual on Behavioral Analysis. He is a founder and first Commissioner of the Vidocq Society, an organization of forensic experts who assist law enforcement and victim's families in unsolved homicides and is also a member of the American Polygraph Association. Mr. Fleisher lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife and four children.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Keystone Intelligence Network, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA


"While law enforcement, loss prevention, and security experts can learn something from this book, the general public can, too. Its clear, easy-to-read structure will help HR professionals, attorneys, and security practitioners who are tasked with interviewing people and finding truth in the written and spoken word. The authors of this fourth edition of Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques provide a brief overview of the history of interviewing and interrogation and then jump right into the purpose of the book: to make the reader more proficient in searching for the truth. The authors lay out in detail the steps needed to obtain accurate information from individuals. Included in this process is an understanding of the psychophysiological basis for the assessment as well as techniques that an interviewer can use. Some processes include written assessments, nonverbal communication, and analysis of verbal cues. The book delves into topics such as varied interview and analysis techniques, preemployment interviewing, and report writing, as well as dealing with angry people, children, and mentally challenged subjects. The authors also provide a summary at the end of each chapter, helping the reader focus on that chapter’s crucial points. The focus and intent of the book is to make the reader more proficient in the interview process, and this book hits the mark. The authors provide case studies to illustrate the methods they mention in the book, and they offer multiple techniques to obtain truth. The search for truth is many times a lengthy process. It is also an extremely important one. This book is a must for the practitioner involved in searching for the truth in today’s highly complex work environment." --Security Management

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