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The Killer Across the Table

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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Fascinating Story, Well read

Loved every minute of this book, including the bonus interview at the end. Jonathon Groff's voice is honey! It is really well suited to this style of crime story and storytelling. A fascinating look at the psychological aspect of criminals and why they do what they do.

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Phenomenal

This man has lived and breathed the darkest of humanity. Thank you for sharing what few of us, I pray, will be exposed to. So very interesting and intriguing.

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  • 12-02-2020

The full Monty

Warts and all we see these killers in their true unfeeling perspective. This book was a bit disjointed but certainly made me look around me when my grandchildren are playing in a park!

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the man, narrated by the man who plays the man

scintillating stories (though dark, dark subject matter) delivered by the best narrator possible. make sure you're in a resourceful state when listening, because the subject matter can be disturbing.

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unbelievable

Absolutely remarkable book. Amazing stories of an amazing two FBI agents. I couldn't put this down.

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Better than Netflix

Great ride from start to end. Flowing narrative with the right amount of detail for this genre.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maxine Weatherilt
  • 02-04-2020

Brilliant and Insightful

Absolutely loved it. John Douglas is a really interesting guy. Jonathan Groff not bad either!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2020

truly fascinating

Although this book has some shocking events that happened to innocent people its truly fascinating to hear what makes these monster's tick and how little empathy they have for their crimes, my heart goes out to the victims families.

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  • C.R.B
  • 19-03-2020

True crime at its best

Epic, awesome, horrific, twisted, morbidly curious, intellectually inspirational, in-depth, descriptive, blunt, honest, raw, but I binged the whole book in one go!
Fantastic narration too. Thank you.

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  • Kenbank
  • 09-03-2020

great

great book, good voice and answers lots of lingering questions. great for those who are addicted to mindhunter