The Killer Across The Table by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker – Review

Non-fiction
Genre: True Crime
Published: September 2020
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Pages: 338
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋/5


“The aim is not to be a friend. The aim is not to be a foe. The aim is to get the truth.”

John E. Douglas

True-crime fans, here’s another great rec!


John Douglas has over twenty five years of experience as an FBI criminal profiler and is the author of several true-crime books. He teams up once again with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, on a quest find out WHY killers behave the way they do and to understand their possible motives for killing. In this gripping true crime book, we get a detailed background as well as information about each of these killers including their upbringing.

Each one is completely different, they are people you might walk by on the street. They are teachers, family friends and even a hospital worker…

They are unassuming and that’s what makes them so dangerous.
Because each of them and their crimes are unique, we can learn different things from them. This is exactly what Douglas is intent on exploring. He uses this knowledge to assist law enforcement with future cases.



Even though this book focuses on 4 killers, we are also introduced to quite a few other cases which are referenced, each with similarities and what he learned about those killers that has helped him with other cases. In order to connect with and outsmart these killers, he mentions that he needed the interaction to feel natural and not like a formal interview. This helps to try and get them to let their guard down and hopefully get insight into the real killer across the table. I enjoyed reading about the nature vs nurture debate. But at the end of the day it is still a choice that the person has made.

“If you can get most serial killers to be honest with you, they will admit that they never would have stopped killing on their own.”

John E. Douglas

This is the second true crime book I have read and now I can completely understand the fascination which I didn’t get before 😁


Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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