Mindhunter - Mark Olshaker & John E. Douglas


By Mark Olshaker & John E. Douglas

  • Release Date: 1998-11-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 332 Ratings


Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-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 twenty-five 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.


  • Loved it!

    By Ozcrome
    I feel like my IQ may have gone up a little after reading this book. I highly recommend it. It willngrab your attention and teach you a thing or two in the process.
  • Kor

    By Dman8133
    I -rfvdezk On
  • PhD book

    By davidedenboer
    Read this book for my first set of courses at Capella, great in depth insight for a Public Safety Candidate!
  • Now a Netflix series!!!

    By TheWeedQween
    I’m going to read his books👍

    By StarSharon
    If you love psychological insight into true crime this is the book for you.
  • Mind hunter

    By Mrusin
    Well written and extremely moving!
  • Riveting

    By Liere
    I recommend this to anyone that is the least bit curious about crimes of these natures. Well blended. Shocking and eye opening! Loved it!
  • Great story telling

    By VerbalQuips
    John Douglas does a great job of story telling here, and bringing the reader into his world as he breaks down the early formation of the Behavioral Science Investigative Support Unit with the FBI at Quantico. He also does an equally impressive job taking you through some of their early cases when profiling was in its infancy.
  • Excellent

    By J Dubya Girl
    Fabulously written on a interesting, page turning topic!