Law & Disorder

Society president Mark Olshaker has published LAW & DISORDER, a book dealing with themes that were very important to Norman Mailer: the meaning of justice and the struggle to overcome prejudice, pre-conceived attitudes and conventional public wisdom to achieve it. These are subjects he discussed frequently with Norman, including Gary Gilmore and Norman’s involvement with Jack Henry Abbott. And in the spirit of THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG and all of Norman’s major works, Mark has concentrated on character and story in pursuit of those themes, using his longtime collaborator, FBI behavioral profiling pioneer John Douglas, as the central character.
Over the course of his nearly forty-year career, John Douglas has pursued, studied, and interviewed criminals including Charles Manson, James Earl Ray, Dennis Rader, and David Berkowitz—a veritable Who’s Who of violent predators. But he has also devoted extensive energies to helping the wrongfully accused and convicted, including several inmates of death row. Now, with longtime co-author and collaborator Mark Olshaker, Douglas addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: cases in which justice was delayed, or even denied. Eloquently and passionately, they speak up not only for victims of crime—but for victims of the system itself.
In fascinating and meticulous detail they recreate their ground-breaking findings in the investigation of the West Memphis Three and the bungled trial of Amanda Knox; how they reached his controversial conclusions in the JonBenet Ramsey murder; and John’s involvement in other historic, headline-making cases. Douglas and Olshaker reveal what happens when preconceived ideas, bias, superstition, and even media coverage obstruct a dispassionate pursuit of the evidence—and show what we must do to avoid modern-day re-enactments of the Salem Witch Trials.
LAW & DISORDER is available online and through your local bookstore. More information and Mark’s blog are available on his website.