In this eagerly awaited new book by the international best-selling authors of "Mindhunter" and "Journey into Darkness", master FBI profiler John Douglas takes us into the minds and souls of both the hunters and the hunted. The legendary former head of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit, Douglas was the pioneer of modern behavioral profiling of serial criminals. In "Mindhunter", we followed his development into a modern, real-life Sherlock Holmes as he tracked down the Atlanta child murderer, San Francisco's Trailside Killer, and Seattle's Green River Killer-- a chase that nearly cost him his life. In "Journey into Darkness", he directed his unique skills particularly to crimes against children and young adults, and showed how the quest for closure for the survivors does not always end simply with catching the killer.
Written with Mark Olshaker, the coauthor of Douglas's previous books and an acclaimed novelist, journalist, and filmmaker, "Obsession" is vital reading for anyone seeking to understand and prevent violent crime. In "Obsession", Douglas once again takes us fascinatingly behind the scenes, focusing his expertise on pre
"Fans of the reprehensible will cheer this weighty examination of the psychological profiling of criminals. Douglas and Olshaker's subjects this time (their previous true-crime tomes include Journey into Darkness ) are the mind, methodology, and, well, obsession of the sexual predator. Douglas headed the FBI's Investigative Support Unit and draws upon that experience in this endeavor. Helpfully and authoritatively, he and professional writer Olshaker advise how to avoid being victimized by the vicious miscreants they describe, but mostly the book is intended to give true-crime fans a thrill. Its style is terse, not to say Joe Fridayesque; the stories move right along, spewing detail and salient observation. Douglas and Olshaker cover an incredibly wide range of cases, some only fleetingly, so an index enhancing reference value is welcome. Tastefully gory, with a soupcon of twisted sexual content and, considering its very rough subject, a minimum of rough language, Obsession is a treat for those who enjoy trying to make sense of the world of senseless violence. --Mike Tribby"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"With the warmth and frank bias of a firsthand observer, Douglas, the founder and head of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit and the inspiration for the character of Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, here describes violent crimes and their consequences. With co-author Olshaker, with whom he wrote Mindhunter and Journey into Darkness, Douglas details the crimes and case histories of serial killers, serial rapists, child molesters, stalkers and others. Included are infamous killers such as Edward Gein, Ted Bundy and Robert Chambers, along with less publicized, though just as disturbing, purveyors of acts of fatal obsession. Asserting "that behavior reflects personality," Douglas shows how he and his colleagues can assess the different temperaments and motivations at work behind grisly acts. Rapists tend to fall into four basic categories, for example, the "power-reassurance rapist" (driven by feelings of inadequacy), the "exploitive" rapist (impulsive and overtly macho), the "anger" rapist (who uses sex to displace his rage) and, cruelest of all, the "sadistic" rapist, who "simply gets off on hurting people." What stands out in this eye-opening book is how Douglas's compassion for the survivors of violent crimes seems to equal his understanding of the criminals themselves. His description of the work of the countless people who counsel, comfort and fight for the rights of victims serves as a welcome reminder that horrific and isolated acts of darkness and coldness are counterbalanced by a warmhearted and, one hopes, more natural human determination to help. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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