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Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas' 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country's most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases - and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.

During his 25- year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

©2017 John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available

And this one by far was the most interesting to me in terms of cases. One thing about his books , he always takes the first 3 chapters or so ( about 2 hours), talking about his background that gets tedious and I’ll be honest, I usually skip those chapters. This one is no different and even with the loss of the first hour or so, I would still recommend this for the really , juicy, detailed and interesting cases that after his initial bio , seems to be back to back for the next ten hours.
Great book, I’m hard to please and I really liked this one a lot.

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Interesting but distractingly self-congratulatory

John Douglas writes of his part in the establishment of the behavioral analysis unit focused on criminal profiling at the FBI, and while much of it is compelling it is at tones obscured by Douglas' ego. It's clear that all but two is the cases presented in this book are depicted as total success stories. His profiles are always perfect, or if not perfect the only details he misses are trivial, and he always rides in on his white horse to save the day. Whether the facts are fudged to depict him in a perfect light or he cherry picked cases, it's hard to know, but my take on this is confirmed by the cases he presents on crimes that were unsolved at the time of his writing. In the case of the Green River Killer, his profile turns out to be mostly accurate but he asserts that he believes the series of murders are probably committed by three different killers. This is most certainly a theory he would've omitted had Gary Ridgeway been caught at the time he wrote the book. I say this because erroneous predictions like this were completely absent in the other cases he presented, and it's pretty obvious that profiling is not an exact science. There are similar features to his presentation of the BTK case, which was also unsolved at the time. All this is to say I think he's an extremely talented guy, but his pretense that he was always perfect takes away from this book in my opinion. Of course he wasn't always right on the money. Of course certain things came to light after the criminal was caught that turned out to be counter to the prediction.
Anyway, the book is fascinating but the presentation of Douglas as a knight in shining armor takes away from the overall quality of it.

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  • david
  • houlton, wi, United States
  • 11-08-17

Great book, but you need the stomach for it

This is a great book, but it'll be my last book of serial murder books. The graphic details needed to explain the profiling is really disturbing. I don't know how these investigators keep their sanity.

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Clearly outstanding

I have been a fan of John Douglas for many years. This book is excellent. The work that was done by the FBI was amazing and still is. Thank you for your service Me. Douglas

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awesome

Exactly what it promises to deliver. Informative, direct and fantastically factual. True crime beats horror fiction any day.

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Excellent!

Fantastic story and the narrator was very good. this has been made into a series on Netflix and getting all of the extra details from listening to the book was really great.

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For the serial killer lover.

I decided to read this after finishing the series on Netflix. The narrator was right on with the vocal quality necessary to tell the story.

Aside from all the names of the different people from the FBI, it’s fascinating to hear true testimony on the serial killers we all know and continue to learn about.

I highly suggest this read for those curious about murder literature.

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The Worst Job in America

We as a society really owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the agents who have the mental fortitude to hunt down dangerous psychopaths and retain enough composure to build a legal case against them instead of just taking the law into their own hands like I would of!

A bigger thanks goes to John Douglas and his colleagues for pioneering the ground breaking techniques that lead to the creation of the Behavioral Science unit, where profiling the killers personality helped narrow down the many suspects and leads detectives had to sift through. Time and time again detectives of the day were amazed at the accuracy of these profiles and the book shows how Douglas and Co. rapidly changed law enforcements attitudes towards these techniques which now have become part of their standard training.

Douglas does not pull any punches and lets it be known that he is pro capital punishment for these psychopaths and he shows no love for the Psychiatry industry that has released many psychotics with a history of violence back into society.
Richard M. Davidson's voice and approach were perfect for this book, sort of a toned down R.C. Bray.

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Fascinating book!

This classic book is a must listen for fans of the true crime genre. Five stars.

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Must read for any crime buff!

Just a wonderful all around book. If you are not squeamish and want to hear all inside stories this is the book to listen too.

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