Emily's Reviews > Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Mindhunter by John E. Douglas
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Jun 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, psychology, read-2010
Recommended for: people who don't mind gore
Read from May 29 to 31, 2010 — I own a copy

This is the sort of book that you can't look away from, but you're a bit embarrassed to be seen reading. There's something just vaguely improper about reading so voraciously about someone else's tragedy. But that aside, it's fascinating. The techniques Douglas writes about are becoming sadly familiar due to all the cop dramas on TV - I say "sadly" because they really are incredible feats of induction and don't deserve to be trivialized by CBS.

The historical part of this is pretty dry, but the last 2/3rds of the book make up for that in maybe 20 case histories. Douglas is no storyteller, but his subject matter and intelligence more than make up for that. I understand that he's taken a bit more credit than is his due, but I'm willing to forgive him that for all the serial killers he's hunted down. Recommended.

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Tracyene I'm reading a book now about why we kill and it explains why we are fascinated by murder and murderers--to learn how to avoid being murdered and to learn how to muder successfully. So read on--it's perfectly normal!

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