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The Killer Across the Table

Narrated by: Jonathan Groff
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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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Better than Netflix

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

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Gruesome fascination

The fact that the people and stories are true is a little off-putting but the process of interviewing and profiling is quite a fascinating science. And yes, the fact that you're listening to "Holden" read it is very entertaining.

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From the Father of Criminal Profiling

As usual, John E. Douglas has conveyed his incredible experiences and expertise in a compelling book. The book covers a number of interesting humans that John has come across in his work with the FBI. A must read for any true crime fan.

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Had to return

LOVE the TV series but sadly the book just wasn't the same. Found it hard to follow while driving etc, jumps around a lot.

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Fascinating insight

Fascinating insight into the minds of the people (in this case, men) who commit violent sexual crimes, as told by one of the FBI's original "mindhunters", John Douglas. I listened to the audiobook read by Jonathan Groff, who plays Holden Ford in Mindhunter, a character based on Douglas; he does very well, although his soothing, gentle.vpice is occasionally at odds with the sometimes horrific content he's narrating. Definitely recommend if you're interested in the whys of criminals committing the acts that they do.

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Loved it!

Big fan of mindhunter, I actually only found this book by chance.
Its fascinating to really delve into the minds of these criminals and their pasts as to how their upbringing and relationships with family and those around them can form someone to do something so despicable, if a murder is born or made.
And in regards to John's experience with directly interviewing these people, the way/how/why things are done as they are in interviews. Knowing how to and what to do for each individual interviewee to get them to openly talk about themselves and actions.
Very interesting and had me hooked from the first chapter!
Also was a treat to find it was narrated by Jonathan Groff, very well read!

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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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  • T J
  • 15-11-2019

really interesting!!

the narrator has a very good voice for this, keeps it interesting. If you loved the series on Netflix then you will love this! The interview at the end between the author of the book (John Douglas) and the narrator who was in the series Mindhunter was really good too, just gave it a little something

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-2019

Fantastic listen so insightful

One of the best audiobooks great narration please bring more like this! Great listen and so insightful

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  • Ray Smith
  • 12-11-2019

compelling

Amazing gift to be able to converse with these people and be objective.
also shows an insight into possible prevention in the latter chapters

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  • Kim Bourke
  • 30-10-2019

Big fan of Netflix's MindHunter- So loved this!

Great insight into criminal psychology.
I have so much admiration for John E. Douglas. Thanks to him, the world is a safer place, and we have valuable knowledge of how criminals act and why.
This audiobook is narrated so well by Jonathan Groff (MindHunter actor) -really the perfect guy for the job of narrator!
Feels like you're watching the netflix series- if like me, you're suffering withdrawals, waiting for the next season!
Keeps you on edge.