Non Fiction

The Killer Across the Table by John E. Douglas; Mark Olshaker

This book is still available to request as of 5th May 2019

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is surprising that I have not picked up books by this author(s) before, considering that I have watched multiple serialized versions of their findings on TV and NetFlix. It was a little hard to get through the first section because of the detailed descriptions of the crime but the other three were comparatively less brutal.

This book consists of four cases of killers with references to other similar ones within the section itself. John Douglas details the conversations he has with these criminals to identify traits and patterns that might ultimately work towards something positive in the future. I found it easy to read the actual narration of the thought process (if not the details of the crime) and understood the need to convey the psychological aspects that might be the underlying cause. The summation at the end of the book, however, made me understand the point of the whole exercise and the collection of these otherwise macabre events.

I have only read a few true-crime books but this was one of the better ones. I would (at some later stage) check out more books by the author.

This book is set to release on May 7th 2019. I received an advance copy thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely my own opinions.

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6 thoughts on “The Killer Across the Table by John E. Douglas; Mark Olshaker”

  1. I liked this one a lot too! Although as you said, sometimes it was very difficult reading. The way it gives ugly details kind of clinically can be rough. I’ve read a couple of their other books and they’re all similarly done to this one – explaining the cases and the thought process behind his work laid out very clearly and readably. This is one of his better ones, I thought, but if you like the show too any of them are worth checking out!

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      1. I know, right? It’s unavoidable here! I’ve read Mindhunter, which explains how he got started in his work and began the behavioral science program at the FBI and some more of the significant cases he worked. A lot of it was really good like this one, but I didn’t like the personal aspects that took up a lot of the beginning of it. I also read The Cases that Haunt Us, where he looks at infamous unsolved cases and outlines a profile of the type of person who would be responsible. They’re both interesting in their own ways, and I think he has a couple more books too.

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