Mindhunter: Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit (Now A Netflix Series) Paperback – 2 Nov 2017
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"gripping" (I Paper)
"A frightening look inside the mind of the depraved" (JOE 100 books to read before you die)
"John Douglas knows more about serial killers than anybody in the world" (Jonathan Demme, Director of The Silence of the Lambs)
"A cracker of a book" (Esquire)
"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)
About the Author
John Douglas joined the FBI in 1970, starting his career as a sniper in a SWAT team and progressing on to become a hostage negotiator. In 1977 he transferred to the Behavioural Science Unit (BSU), where he taught applied criminal psychology. He created the FBI's Criminal Profiling Program and led this division of special agents through harrowing and groundbreaking cases, including those behind Anthony Hopkins' role as Hannibal Lecter. Douglas lives with his family in the Washington, DC area.
Mark Olshaker, author of four novels and producer of the Emmy-nominated The Mind of a Serial Killer, lives in Washington DC.
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The book is well written and maps the history of the FBI unit as well as John Douglas' career. It is informative and very interesting.
I like that the book has cases I had not heard of before; we have all read famous cases over and over and it gets dull. However, I would have liked to have read about more cases than are presented in the book. A lot of the content is around John Douglas' life, but I am much more interested in the cases.
Too much about the journey of the man and not enough about the science for my liking
I found the book actually got better the more I read and I am now looking forward to watching the TV Series.
Most of this book is the writer talking about his own life, even what he eats for lunch sometimes, his writing style is so dumbed down there is nothing remotely academic about this book. This book is for people who want a cheap thrill of a crime novel with no substance behind it. It reads more like a biography than an actual resource for information on this subject. Even though the book is designed to be more like a cheap novel or memoir than a educating primer I still found it to be incredibly dry and boring. I have absolutely no interest in the writers ex-girlfriends, where he went for christmas that year, what his life in school was like - maybe if it seemed like it added some context to how abilities or insight - but it really doesn't.
I gave this book to a charity shop after I was done reading it as it has nothing to offer me except to mostly waste my time for the most slim pieces of information that its actually relatively easy to find anyway by watching any documentary or reading other book on the subject. Sometimes a book is rated five star and I come to the conclusion its much like why songs get the number 1 spot - it doesn't mean its good it just means its very easy to access and is popular. I think anyone who has been to university would find this book to be quite simple and not demographically viable to them. It's for the mass market of TV watchers, not for the serious reader or researcher.