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Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer

M. William Phelps

ISBN 9780786040841
Publish Date 2/27/2018
Format Paperback
Categories True Crime, Pinnacle
List Price: $7.99
Upcoming February 27, 2018

Staff Pick by Michaela H.

Could anyone really be friends with a serial killer? Could you?

Most people would answer this question with a resounding “no.” Bestselling true-crime writer M. William Phelps felt that way, too. But that changed.

DANGEROUS GROUND is an eye-opening, mind-boggling true story of what happened when Phelps undertook a working relationship with a notorious serial killer who served as a consultant on Phelps’s Investigation Discovery series, Dark Minds. During five years of letters, emails, phone calls, and personal and Skype visits, something surprising happened. The killer revealed details of his crimes to Phelps that he had never revealed before. And Phelps found unexpected insights into his family’s history of addiction and tragedy, which had culminated in the murder of his sister-in-law years before.

After working with M. William Phelps on over twenty previous books, I have long had the highest respect for his skills as a writer and investigative journalist. Now he has raised the bar with this intensely personal and revelatory true-crime memoir, which is sure to be compared with FATAL VISION and THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG. This stunning narrative, written from the heart, is an instant classic.


“Powerful, disturbing.” – Katherine Ramsland

“Anyone can become a killer under the right circumstances—even you.”

It was a bold, life-changing decision: In September 2011, award-winning investigative journalist M. William Phelps asked one of America’s most disturbing convicted serial killers to co-star with him on TV’s Dark Minds. Now Phelps reveals the identity of the man code-named “Raven”—and tells the story of their intriguing bond. For as Raven shared his insights into the minds and crimes of other killers, making the series an international sensation, he also became Phelps’s unlikely confidante, ally—and friend . . .

In this deeply personal account and real-life thriller, Phelps chronicles his own family’s dark history, and the complex, unsettling relationship he developed with Raven over five years—including the killer’s thoughts on the still-unsolved, brutal murder of Phelps’s sister-in-law. He also sheds new light on Raven’s bloody past, from details of an unknown victim to the location of a still-buried body—and a jaw-dropping admission.

Here is an unforgettable journey into the heart of a psychopath few would dare to know—and the determined journalist who did just that.

“Phelps is a true-crime veteran.” —New York Post

“Anything by Phelps is an eye-opening experience.” —Suspense Magazine

“Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.” —Allison Brennan

About M. William Phelps:

Serial killer expert, lecturer and acclaimed investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of 26 nonfiction books and a serial killer thriller, The Dead Soul.

Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I’ll Be Watching You, and the Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his Connecticut Magazine article “Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone,” Phelps has appeared on CBS’s “Early Show,” The Discovery Channel, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The View,” TLC, BIO, History Channel, Geraldo At Large, Oxygen’s “Snapped,” “Killer Couples,” and “Captured,” USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, ABC News Radio and Radio America, which calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.”

He’s written for the Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, and the New London Day. Profiled in such noted publications as Writer's Digest, NY Daily News, Newsday, Albany Times-Union, Hartford Courant, and NY Post, Phelps has also consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his author Website, www.mwilliamphelps.com.

Look for Phelps’s television series on Investigation Discovery, “Dark Minds,” focusing on his travels investigating unsolved serial killer cases—with one remarkable twist: Phelps uses a killer on the inside (in the fashion of Silence of the Lambs) to help him along the way! Check local listings. Also see Phelps on the smash hit Investigation Discovery long-running series “Deadly Women.”


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