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Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas' 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country's most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases - and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his 25- year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.
As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
©2017 John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-27-18

Too much ego

I find profiling very interesting and I love this kind of book. John Douglas has been my favorite author, but his ego is too much on display throughout his books, and especially in this one. I have been waiting for this one because Audible only has the abridged version until recently. I was so excited to read his “best” book, but now that I’ve finished, I think it might have been better to go with the abridged version. If you cut out all the unimportant flattery of himself, the book would only be a 1/3 as long. I would recommend his other books The Anatomy of Motive or The Cases That Haunt us. He discusses mainly the same cases, usually in more detail, and I feel they are more interesting without so many me’s and I’s.

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5 out of 5 stars
By leelee8888 on 10-29-17

I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available

And this one by far was the most interesting to me in terms of cases. One thing about his books , he always takes the first 3 chapters or so ( about 2 hours), talking about his background that gets tedious and I’ll be honest, I usually skip those chapters. This one is no different and even with the loss of the first hour or so, I would still recommend this for the really , juicy, detailed and interesting cases that after his initial bio , seems to be back to back for the next ten hours.
Great book, I’m hard to please and I really liked this one a lot.

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