John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker – The Killer Across the Table


Performed by Jonathan Groff, star of the hit Netflix show Mindhunter, and featuring an exclusive conversation between John E. Douglas and Jonathan Groff at the end of the audiobook

In The Killer Across the Table, John E. Douglas, the legendary FBI criminal profiler, number one New York Times best-selling author, and inspiration for Netflixs Mindhunter, delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to help crack some of Americas most challenging cases.

The Killer Across the Table is narrated by Jonathan Groff, who plays Holden Ford on Mindhunter, the character inspired by John E. Douglas. The FBIs pioneer of criminal profiling, former special agent John Douglas has studied and interviewed many of Americas most notorious killers – including Charles Manson, Son of Sam Killer David Berkowitz, and BTK Strangler Dennis Rader – trained FBI agents and investigators around and the world, and helped educate the country about these deadly predators and how they operate, and has become a legend in popular culture, fictionalized in The Silence of the Lambs and the hit television shows Criminal Minds and Mindhunter.

Twenty years after his famous memoir, the man who literally wrote the book on FBI criminal profiling opens his case files once again. In this riveting work of true crime, he spotlights four of the most diabolical criminals hes confronted, interviewed and learned from. Going deep into each mans life and crimes, he outlines the factors that led them to murder and how he used his interrogation skills to expose their means, motives, and true evil. Like the hit Netflix show, The Killer Across the Table is centered around Douglas unique interrogation and profiling process. With his longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, Douglas recounts the chilling encounters with these four killers as he experienced them – revealing for the first time his profile methods in detail. Going step by step through his interviews, Douglas explains how he connects each killers crimes to the specific conversation and contrasts these encounters with those of other deadly criminals to show what he learns from each one. In the process, he returns to other famous cases, killers, and interviews that have shaped his career, describing how the knowledge he gained from those exchanges helped prepare him for these.

A glimpse into the mind of a man who has pierced the heart of human darkness, The Killer Across the Table unlocks the ultimate mystery of depravity and the techniques and approaches that have countered evil in the name of justice.

Author: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
Narrator: Jonathan Groff
Duration: 11 hours 7 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2005
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

notification amateurish

John Douglas is unquestionably an expert in his field, but the continual reassertion of that fact and the repeated examples reinforcing that point became a little distracting. It seems to me that the target audience for this book would largely be aware of who he is and the vast knowledge he amassed throughout his impressive career. There were many times in the presentation of the information contained in this book when unnecessary and self-aggrandizing details interrupted the flow of the narrative. Otherwise I found it interesting. Douglass empathy with Todd Kohlhepp was at times almost unlistenable for me, however. It bordered on apology. While Douglas didnt find that Kohlhepp blamed others in his background for his actions, Douglas did that for him. The rapist is still a rapist, even if he was 15. No way to minimize that.