From the New York Times bestselling authors of Mindhunter—former FBI agent John Douglas
and Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Mark Olshaker—comes an explosive look at how a
high-profile murder case can test the limits of even the most seasoned
For twenty-five years, John E. Douglas worked for the
FBI, where he headed the elite Investigative Support Unit. The real-life model
for FBI Agent Jack Crawford in The
Silence of the Lambs, he’s had a brilliant and terrifying career, getting
inside the minds of notorious murderers and serial killers such as Ted Bundy,
John Wayne Gacy, and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam). Written with long-time
collaborator Mark Olshaker, Law and Disorder
is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book to date. He addresses every law
enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason
or another, justice was delayed—or even denied.
Through a series of character-driven case histories—from
the earliest trials in Salem, Massachusetts, to the bungled trial of Amanda
Knox—Douglas shows what happens when the criminal justice system breaks down
and bias, media coverage, and other influences get in the way of the pursuit of
evidence. Here also are Douglas’ personal reflections on his ongoing search for
the truth, from painful lessons learned early in his career to his
controversial findings in the West Memphis Three and JonBenét Ramsey
Brimming with procedural detail, Law and Disorder is an
eye-opening insider’s account of the exhilaration and frustration that attend
the quest for justice.
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