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Publisher's Summary

In this eagerly anticipated book from the internationally best-selling authors of Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession, legendary crime fighter John Douglas explores the root of all crime: motive. Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. Understand the motive, and you can solve the mystery.

The Anatomy of Motive offers a dramatic, insightful look at the development and evolution of the criminal mind. The famed former chief of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit, Douglas was the pioneer of modern behavioral profiling of serial criminals. Working again with acclaimed novelist, journalist, and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, and using cases from his own fabled career as examples, Douglas takes us further than ever before into the dark corners of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, serial and spree killers, and mass murderers.

©1999 Mindhunters, Inc. (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"An informative, provocative page-turner.... Douglas is a good teller of gruesome tales." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Smuckers jelly narration. Still good.

I do see a lot of neg. reviews due to voice. If you can get past that, give this book a listen. Without going into the details this book has a lot of good info, stories and lessons. Stories are gruesome and detailed and make you think about the human race but they are good.
Rating 3 stars due to smuckers jelly voice narration. Overall very entertaining.

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I liked it

Good, but I wish he had gone in to the psychology behind some of the more intense stuff..

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John Douglas the formost authority on Profileing.

LOVE everything John Douglas has written and this book is just as educational and exciting.
I've always wanted to be a profiler, but did not have the college, nor timing.
His books are like taking a course from him.
I've listened to all his books, more than once.
If you are interested in Profileing, True Crime, or non- fiction, this book will not disappoint.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating as usual

Narrator was excellent
Douglas is his usual awesome storyteller.
Can never put his books down

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Great Narration!

Always enjoy Joe Barrett’s narration. Enjoy the psychological profiling techniques of Douglas and the writing is educational and interesting.

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Not as good as mindhunter

Personally, the topics discussed were dull when compared to his previous book, mindhunter. The narration wasn't as good either - too monotonous for me.

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Good read

A great book for the amateur sleuth or wannabe mystery writer. Down to earth, limited jargon, and aimed at readers who want to understand criminal behavior.

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Surprisingly Hopeful

I enjoyed this more than Mindhunter. It was more informative and less shock value. Made me a bit hopeful as a teacher that I can perhaps make a bit of a difference.

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JD has done it again, and I loved it so much.

Another great book in JD's collection, is insight is beyond anyone else's and I appreciate his non transparent no BS attitude.

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Very engaging!!

This book was so informative and interesting it was hard not to listen in one go.. well written and the narrator was excellent