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The Killer Across the Table

By: Mark Olshaker,John E. Douglas
Narrated by: Jonathan Groff
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In The Killer Across the Table, legendary FBI criminal profiler and number one bestselling 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 unputdownable 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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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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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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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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Excellent

Riveting but you need to disassociate. It's quite wrenching throughout the whole book but so captivating I couldn't put it down.

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Very interesting

Really liked this book, I found the narration by Jonathan Groff made it enthralling and difficult to put down. Finished in no time!

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A great insight into criminal profiling

This was a really interesting listen. If you're interested in the world of criminal profiling, or if you enjoyed the Netflix show "Mindhunter" you'll enjoy this audio book. There's also a great little interview between the author and narrator at the end.

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Loved it

Was very engaging and well narrated I’m a tough marker and this got 5 stars from me

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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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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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Brilliant, So well written, So Well Narrated 👏

This is a brilliant book, It gave me alot more understanding in what criminal profiling is, thank John Douglas, brilliant 👏

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