Review: Mindhunter by John E. Douglas


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Mindhuter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit
Author: John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker
Series: Mindhunter #1
Genre: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Richard M. Davidson
Length: 15 hours (397 pages)
Publisher: Pocket Books; Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: October 31, 1995
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of: true crime, Criminal Minds
Content Warnings: death, murder, rape, violence, torture, kidnapping, pedophilia, etc.


He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray – for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds. He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’s thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after twenty-five years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.


Fascinating and insightful, a must-read for true crime aficionados. However, I found John Douglas to be very unlikable. The descriptions of the crimes got a bit repetitive by the end, and I think this could have been organized better. I know these profiling techniques were groundbreaking at the time, but the impact was lessened for me as a reader since I’ve watched so much Criminal Minds.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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