He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.
He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris's thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after 25 years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.
With journalist Mark Olshaker, he gives us a behind the scenes look at his fascinating career, revisiting his journeys into the dark recesses and calculated madness present only in our worst nightmares. This is the true-crime work everyone has been waiting for -- by the Mind Hunter himself.
©1995 John Douglas (P)1995 Simon & Schuster
For true crime buffs, this is a must read. This is the guy who created the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico (though it's called something else now, this is the most recognizable title). Definitely recommend this for anyone interested in criminal profiling, FBI, law enforcement, serial killers, and again, true crime.
I really, really wish there were an unabridged version of this.
I was bummed out when I realized this story was "un"abridged. I wanted to hear more of his process and case files.
When I was a kid I'd love to have anyone to read to me, now I've grown picky I was thinking when I spend money I want to hear a pro. However John didn't have an unpleasant voice and it was okay. Next time get a professional narrator.
This is mercifully short, over-simplified, braggadocios résumé. It's more like a long, mediocre magazine story than a book. The narration isn't totally terrible for an amateur, but the narrator struggles with pronunciation, notably of the word "escalate."
It's my fault but I didn't notice this was the abridged edition. Incomplete and hardly worth listening to.
Yes but being abridged, it was full of holes.
Disappointment in the production.
I'll be very careful downloading from Amazon again. Don't want to get shorted again.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
Yes but not if it is abridged.
The abridged version robs it of any intricacies. It really takes away the depth of what's going on here.
He sounds professional and sincere.
Double check and make sure i am not purchasing the abridged version.
I don't see how it was a good idea to truncate this. It is such a deep and involved subject matter. Its not a story. So how can you just leave out parts of the picture?
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I was honestly hoping for more. More depth and detail. More about how the profiling really works. I kinda feel more teased than satisfied. What there was was good and interesting.
This was an abridged book and the unabridged was not available. Why are publishers still doing that?
Everything about the stories were great, which is why it's such a disappointment being abridged.
I did enjoy this book. I really enjoyed What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro better because it gave much better insights into reading a person or a situation. Lastly, I think this book was not long enough. I think he really could have helped to develop a much better understanding without going into so much personal information about himself.
While I find it nice that the author would want to narrate his own story, it would have been a better listening experience if it had been done by someone else. The author has a significant, distracting accent, and he speaks rather monotone. The story was interesting, but too short to make it worth the buy.
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