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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
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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 when 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 . . .

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

As seen on Investigation Discovery’s Dark Minds

About M. William Phelps:

New York Times bestselling investigative journalist and serial crime expert M. William Phelps is the author of thirty-four nonfiction books. He has made over 200 television appearances. Phelps created, produced and starred in the series Dark Minds and is one of the stars of Deadly Women and Oxygen’s Snapped, Killer Couples and KillerPost. Radio America calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.” Touched by tragedy himself through the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, Phelps is able to enter the hearts and minds of his subjects like no one else. He lives in a Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his website,

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