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Summary

The legendary FBI criminal profiler and international best-selling author of Mindhunter and The Killer Across the Table returns with this timely, relevant book that goes to the heart of extremism and domestic terrorism, examining in-depth his chilling pursuit of, and eventual prison confrontation with Joseph Paul Franklin, a White Nationalist serial killer and one of the most disturbing psychopaths he has ever encountered.

Worshippers stream out of an Midwestern synagogue after sabbath services, unaware that only a hundred yards away, an expert marksman and avowed racist, antisemite and member of the Ku Klux Klan, patiently awaits, his hunting rifle at the ready.  

The October 8, 1977 shooting was a forerunner to the tragedies and divisiveness that plague us today. John Douglas, the FBI’s pioneering, first full-time criminal profiler, hunted the shooter - a white supremacist named Joseph Paul Franklin, whose Nazi-inspired beliefs propelled a three-year reign of terror across the United States, targeting African Americans, Jews, and interracial couples. In addition, Franklin bombed the home of Jewish leader Morris Amitay, shot and paralyzed Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, and seriously wounded civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. The fugitive supported his murderous spree robbing banks in five states, from Georgia to Ohio. Douglas and his writing partner Mark Olshaker return to this disturbing case that reached the highest levels of the Bureau, which was fearful Franklin would become a presidential assassin - and haunted him for years to come as the threat of copycat domestic terrorist killers increasingly became a reality.

Detailing the dogged pursuit of Franklin that employed profiling, psychology and meticulous detective work, Douglas and Olshaker relate how the case was a make-or-break test for the still-experimental behavioral science unit and revealed a new type of, determined, mission-driven serial killer whose only motivation was hate. A riveting, cautionary tale rooted in history that continues to echo today, The Killer's Shadow is a terrifying and essential exploration of the criminal personality in the vile grip of extremism and what happens when rage-filled speech evolves into deadly action and hatred of the “other" is allowed full reign. 

©2020 John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Another fascinating insight

I found this book interesting for the insights it gives into the criminal mind and the nature or nurture argument. I found the narration of Holt McCallany made it an easy listen and it moved along at a good pace.

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Excellent Narration

Brilliantly performed, easy to digest and enjoy. Mindhunter deep dive and a lesser known case explored in full.

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Nothing has changed!

A book still relevant today, showing that hate still invades where it has no right to be. Expertly and entertainingly read by Holt McCallany who brought gravitas and meaning to an interesting and well written book.

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fantastic

I loved this book. another one that I had to listen all night till the end. John Douglas your amazing. this book helped me get through an insomnia to night

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Very interesting

This is an interesting book. I didn't like it as much as other Douglas/Olshaker books as it focused on only one offender and primary after his arrest, so the profiling didn't really play as much of a role. The way the epilogue is written, however, brings everything brilliantly in to focus and up to date. Well worth reading.

Excellent narration as always.

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It’s okay

Completely agree with BVerité ‘s review. It is somewhat uncomfortable listening to J.Douglas constantly praise himself. However, being a fan of true crime makes this an interesting and easy listen whilst doing housework or driving.