8 Thriller Books for People Who Loved Netflix's 'Mindhunter'
David Fincher’s Netflix series Mindhunter pushed all the right buttons. It’s a classy, psychology-driven throwback drama series with great acting and no small amount of grizzly murder. What could be an exploitative parade of serial killer name drops never feels cheap and gives a great look into the early days of psychological profiling. While we wait for Season Two, here are some books that should sate the true crime or left-field murder mystery fans in all of us.
8. The Snowman
The book that launched a thousand memes thanks to the spectacular failure of its movie adaptation and, perhaps more significantly, it’s expensive ad campaign. Still, there’s a reason this book was adapted in the first place: The Snowman is not your average Scandinavian thriller, nor is The Snowman your average killer. That’s all I’ll say. [Amazon, $8.98]
Truman Capote’s disturbingly empathetic look at real-life murderers blurs the line between an author and a participant. It’s chilling, violent, and, as you’d expect with Capote, just beautifully written. [Amazon, $12.80]
The book that started it all (the TV series, that is.) [Amazon, $7.99]
Before Mindhunter there was Robert K. Ressler, the inspiration for one of the fictional agents actually presented in the show. Here, he gives first-hand insight into the skills you gain from twenty-years of criminal profiling. And, of course, the toll it takes. [Amazon, $8.99]
Quite simply one of the best murder mystery books of our time. Tana French has made a name for herself combining intriguing, unpredictable mystery tropes with straight-up beautiful writing, and other genre influences ranging from comedy to outright horror. The Secret Place is the finest entry in her near-flawless Dublin Murder Squad series, which, don’t worry, can be enjoyed separately. You’ll want to pick them all up after reading this one, anyway. [Amazon, $8.99]
That is, if you haven’t read this cold, twisted, outrageously popular mystery novel already. [Amazon $9.99]
With the 50-year anniversary of the Manson Family murders approaching, there’s never been a better time to brush up on the story of one of the most disturbing, high-profile serial killers of all time. [Amazon, $11.52]
A fascinating, fictional retelling of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While (almost certainly) a completely fabricated narrative, author Don DeLillo delivers a fascinating deep-dive into the mind of the kind of man who would attempt, let alone pull off, one of the most horrible, brazen crimes in American history. [Amazon, $8.99]