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True Crime Book Club discusses The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter by John E. Douglas

Legendary FBI criminal profiler and former special agent John Douglas has cracked some of America's most challenging murder cases. The FBI's pioneer of criminal profiling and the inspiration behind the hit Netflix show Mindhunter, Douglas has spent decades researching, interviewing, and analyzing some of America's most notorious murderers--including Charles Manson, "Son of Sam Killer" David Berkowitz, and "BTK Strangler" Dennis Rader--while also training FBI agents and investigators from around the world on profiling and interrogating deadly predators.

Now Douglas, along with his longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, turns his keen eye on four of the most disturbing killers he has confronted. Offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process, Douglas goes step by step through his encounters with these murderers, connecting each predator's crimes to his conversation with them and showing how he used his interrogation skills to expose their true evil. He also returns to other famous cases he's worked on, describing how the knowledge he gained from those conversations helped prepare him for these.

Fascinating and haunting, The Killer Across the Table unlocks the ultimate mysteries behind these depraved killers, revealing the psychology that led them into darkness.

-- New York Journal of Books on The Killer Across the Table

"An eye-opening and chilling look into the minds of brutal murderers...Douglas succeeds in taking readers inside his own mind as he worked to understand 'four killers [he] confronted'...separating fact from fiction, Douglas adds to lay readers' understanding of human evil."--- Publishers Weekly

"This fascinating and haunting expert account helps us understand why the most shocking homicides occur... [this] will be of particularly urgent interest."--- Booklist starred review

John Douglas, the legendary FBI criminal profiler and veteran author of true crime books, has spent over twenty-five years researching and culling the stories of America's most disturbing criminals. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he has directly worked and/or had overall supervision in over 5,000 violent crime cases over the past 48 years. He is currently chairman of the board of the "Cold Case Foundation." One of the foremost experts and investigators of criminal minds and motivations, he currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Mark Olshaker is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of ten nonfiction books and five novels, including Einstein's Brain and The Edge. His books with former FBI Special Agent and criminal profiling pioneer John Douglas, beginning with Mindhunter and, most recently, Law & Disorder, have sold millions of copies and have been translated into many languages. Mindhunter is now a dramatic series on Netflix, directed by David Fincher. He and his wife Carolyn, an attorney, live in Washington, D.C.

The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.

In accordance with social distancing guidelines, this meeting will take place via Zoom. Contact for the link.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118
The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062910646
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 26th, 2020