In a murder mystery novel by Scott Pratt, entitled "Good Faith" (2018) the author makes the following reference to the Reid Technique:
"He thought briefly about how he would conduct the interrogations. The Reid technique was now standard operating procedure in law enforcement. Make the suspect as comfortable as possible. Make him think you're there to help him. Try to find some common ground and get him talking - it didn't matter what the conversation was about initially. The theory behind the Reid technique was that suspects would feel great and want to unload their burden. The officer was there to facilitate the cleansing of the spirit. Get him talking, eventually turn the conversation toward the crime, and gently persuade him to confess."