When a Killer Calls by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

“This true crime book is an incredibly detailed account of “murder, criminal profiling and justice in a small town.” John Douglas and Mark Olshaker have eloquently infused the denseness of a nonfiction book with enough suspense that it reads like a fiction novel, the reader compelled to keep flipping pages. Inspiration for the show Mindhunter and an account of the birth of criminal profiling, this book details the achievements and defeats of a brand new way of thinking.


Two days before her high school graduation, Shari Smith was abducted from her driveway. The way in which the community, detectives and profilers worked together to seek justice for Shari is incredible. The window into how profilers think is fascinating, as is the process of building a profile of a killer to help catch them. Smith’s story will swallow anyone interested in true crime.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (364.152 DOU)

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