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The Killer Across the Table

Inside the Minds of Psychopaths and Predators with the Godfather of Criminal Profiling
Narrated by: Jonathan Groff
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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In The Killer Across the Table, legendary FBI criminal profiler and number one best-selling author John Douglas delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers he’s encountered, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to crack some of his most challenging cases. 

Former Special Agent John Douglas has sat across the table from many of the world’s most notorious killers - including Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, ‘Coed Killer’ Edmund Kemper, ‘Son of Sam Killer’ David Berkowitz and ‘BTK Strangler’ Dennis Rader - and has also been instrumental in the exoneration of Amanda Knox and the West Memphis Three. He has gone on to become a legend in the world of criminal investigative analysis, and his work has inspired TV shows and films such as Mindhunter, Criminal Minds and The Silence of the Lambs

In this riveting work of true crime, Douglas spotlights four very different criminals he’s confronted over the course of his career and explains how they helped him to put together the puzzle of how psychopaths and predators think. Taking us inside the interrogation room and demonstrating the unique techniques he uses to understand the workings of the most terrifying and incomprehensible minds, The Killer Across the Table is an enthralling journey into the darkest reaches of criminal profiling and behavioural science from a man who knows serial killers better than anyone else. As Douglas says:

‘If you want to understand the artist, look at his art.’

If you want to understand what makes a murderer, start here.

©2019 John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"John Douglas is the FBI's pioneer and master of investigative profiling, and one of the most exciting figures in law enforcement I've had the privilege of knowing." (Patricia Cornwell)

"John Douglas knows more about serial killers than anybody in the world." (Jonathan Demme, Director of The Silence of the Lambs)

"Douglas was instrumental in expanding our understanding of murderous psychopathy. He even coined the term “serial killer'." (Telegraph) 

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I love that they got Jonathan Groff to read this!!

I love that they got Jonathan Groff to read this!! I mean seriously, need I say any more.

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Truly insightful

John Douglas, in my opinion, is the greatest true crime writer of modern times. This book examines four different offenders, explaining in great detail the nuances of their upbringings and experiences and how these impacted and facilitated their offending behaviour. Most interesting is that these offenders are lesser known than the more prolific or perverted killers, which is refreshing as I find most true crime tends to focus on a group of well-known offenders. I have read all Douglas's books, and like the others I found this to be wonderfully written and difficult to put down. Groff is also probably one of the better narrators I have come across on audible. I could not recommend this more.

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Incredible read

For any true crime lover you'll fall in love with this book. It isn't easy to hear about such crimes, innocent lives were lost but so fascinating hearing it from a real FBI agents view and interviews.

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Fascinating and chilling. Superb Narration.

John Douglas, his methods and experiences are fascinating enough, but when you add the brilliant reading of Jonathan Groff, Douglas’s insight into the darkest of minds truly comes alive - which given the subject is quite terrifying. If you enjoyed Netflix’s Mindhunter, this audiobook is a MUST.

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incredible!

this book held my attention the entire time! It was so interesting and eye opening!

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its quality true crime.

I found it interesting but gruesome, be warned. Given the source involved its scarily credible but if you find the idea of this type of criminal interesting it both entertains and educates.

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loved this

loved it. it is dark but understanding the mind of a killer is interesting.

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Insightful, brilliantly written

As a long time follower of John Douglas’s literary work, I was again highly impressed with this latest publication. Engrossing content that gives the reader insight into the depraved nature of violent crimes and the people who commit them. Excellent narration by Groff and fantastic bonus interview with John Douglas at the end of the recording.

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Profoundly disturbing

This book is fascinating and provides an insight into some truly horrible crimes and the individuals who committed them. However, the details are explicit and often recounted in a mundane fashion. The unspeakable acts perpetrated on a seven year old girl are recounted as if the narrator is reading a shopping list. Profoundly disturbing

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Really enjoyed this book.

I loved Jonathon Groff narrating this book, so easy to listen to and never boring. I love True Crime and John E. Douglas has had an amazing career I absolutely love his life stories!

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  • Helen
  • 24-12-2019

Excellent but should come with a warning

I struggled with the first 2 chapters as it graphically described the murder of a 7 year old girl. Just wanted to mention this for anyone who might be sensitive to this, it’s uncomfortable listening to say the least. Apart from the very hard hitting first couple of chapters it’s enjoyable. The narrator is fairly matter of fact, no sensationalism. If you enjoyed mindhunter you’ll certainly enjoy this.

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  • Sharon
  • 27-07-2019

You will not be able to turn this off

Make sure you have plenty of time on your hands if you decide to purchase this audiobook. It’s unstoppable! After watching the excellent series on Netflix Mindhunter, this book delves deeper into the whys of some of the most warped minds of our time. It’s gripping, fascinating, well narrated and I hope there’s another volume soon.

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  • Marspain
  • 15-10-2019

brilliant!

A great insight into human behaviour! thoroughly enjoyed the insight into this area of investigation.

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  • Britt
  • 22-09-2019

Fascinating analysis

I binged this book, it was brilliant. I liked how effortlessly it segued from one killer into the next and still tied the crimes together in terms of patterns and signatures. Groffhas a great voice and I didn't tire of it - however, at times, it was too empathetic. He is an actor, so I can forgive that. Overall a great read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-2019

amazing

loved it. incredible story and great narration. highly recommend to those who like investigative books and criminal stories

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  • Gs Greaves
  • 30-05-2019

Very interesting but scary and disturbing.

Interesting insight into the mind of these psychopaths, but ultimately I found it as scary and disturbing as it was interesting and I'm going to need an upbeat book after this.

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  • ian
  • 21-07-2020

Fascinating and scary!

Another brilliant book from Douglas and olshaker. just as good as mindhunter. brilliant that Jonathan Geoff narrates the book to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2020

Extremely fascinating with great narration

Jonathon groff brilliantly narrates this extremely interesting account. Really give you a great perspective

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2020

Perfect

Loved it! Really well written and read. Kept my attention and didn't want to "put it down"

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  • Alan King
  • 11-06-2019

Great insight into BAU

An interestingly fabulous audiobook - great insight into BAU and a good companion to "MINDHUNTER"

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