10 Crime Suspense Books About Psychopaths

Psychopaths have a particular behavior made from specific personality traits. They don’t know how to put their minds into other people’s positions to see things from a different angle. Sometimes psychopaths have sadistic behavior and violent behavior.

Some famous killers are psychopaths. If you Google, you’ll find many psychopathic killers and people who have repeatedly killed, often without conscience, and they cannot see the social wrong of their actions. If you want to read books on Psychopaths, stay with me.

10 Books About Psychopaths

Psychopaths can sometimes be very cunning and clever people. They can be chairman or chairwoman of a company. Also, they can be very successful in business because they don’t have a social conscience. Many books and movies about psychopaths can teach you their mental condition and action in real life. I will review the best 10 books about psychopaths. Let’s go!

1. The Wisdom of Psychopaths

The author researches psychopaths, and many people have a misconception about psychopaths. That psychopath means that you are crazy, a killer, or something like that. So the quality of being a psychopath has more to do with empathy. Many people also make the mistake that psychopaths being incapable of empathy.

They have a different empathy to recognize what somebody else is feeling. The psychopath tends to take on that emotion and feel a piece of it. Instead, a psychopath notices it and can tell what’s happening but doesn’t feel it. So it doesn’t affect them in the same way.

There’s some exciting stuff to learn here. This book talks about how many careers benefit from being psychopathic, not having that hot sense of empathy. There are a lot of neurosurgeons who would qualify as psychopaths. That’s a good quality for neurosurgeons because you want them to be very unemotional.

The book explains why psychopaths are still around the relentless perseverance of their dark, immutable gene streams. Why the evolutionary share price in this niche personality consortium has remained stable and buoyant over time. It’s a great book for a gift for anybody who’s a psych major as well.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Author: Kevin Dutton
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Mental Health, Medical Psychology Pathologies
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2. The Sociopath Next Door

The Sociopath Next Door is about anti-social personality disorder or sociopathy. Martha Stewart talks about how to avoid a sociopath, identify them, and react in certain situations. Martha points out that not all sociopaths are serial killers and murderers. They’re everyday people who enjoy harming people emotionally, not only physically.

One in 25 people on Earth can do anything they want and never feel bad about it? They’re called sociopaths. That means they have no conscience at all. According to the author, seven potential characteristics may be a sociopath. If you are in the faith community and work with people who live and breathe as humans, you need to read this book.

The Sociopath Next Door

Author: Martha Stout
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Mental Health, Psychological Behaviour
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3. Gone Girl

The story centers around Nick and Amy. When the story begins, they are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. They’re both writers who met while living in New York City working. But after losing their jobs, they’ve been transplanted back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri, partially because they’ve nothing left of them in New York. Also, it’s quite expensive and partially because Nick’s mother happened to be dying of cancer at this point. They have been living in Missouri for about two years.

The relationship is rocky. Nick returns home one day after working at the bar, and he and his sister find that Amy has disappeared. There are signs of a struggle in the house. She’s nowhere to be seen. So immediately we’ve got this case, this potential kidnapping, murder.

The story fluctuates back and forth between the next point of view, attempting to find his wife, and Amy’s point of view, which is diary style. That takes place over the years leading up to the day they met until she disappeared. So it’s exploring that idea and marriage that you can never fully understand who the person you’re married to and the effect you have on them. The relationship between Nick and Amy was quite unstable. It’s very easy, fluid, and open to knowing more about psychopaths.

Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
Average Customer Review: (4.0 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Mystery, Psychological Thrillers & Suspense
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4. Dangerous Personalities

A psychologist did not write this book on the list but former FBI agent Joe Navarro. It doesn’t concern itself with the particular diagnosis, whether someone suffers from a certain mental health condition or a cluster of personality disorders. The author describes four categories: narcissist, predator, emotionally unstable personality, and paranoid personality.

Some of the categories do overlap with certain personality disorders. So the traits described for the narcissistic personality would generally coincide with a psychopath. So there is a lot of correlation between that and the anti-social personality disorder.

The emotionally unstable personality would generally coincide in some ways with perhaps the borderline personality disorder. A paranoid personality would share traits from various disorders. The four categories are fluid, and there’s a lot of overlap. A particular maladaptive individual can share traits listed in these categories from more than one. The author points out that having a high ranking in two categories is pretty alarming and in three is quite dangerous.

So one of the best aspects of this book is that the author provides you with a very long checklist. The checklists are dozens of points and, in some cases, more than a hundred for each of these dangerous personalities as he defines them. So if you are dealing with human predation in your life, you could sit down and go through the checklist. At the end of the book, Joan of Arc does provide you with some guidelines for empowerment and self-help.

Dangerous Personalities

Author: Joe Navarro
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Personality Disorders
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5. In Sheep’s Clothing

A clinician writes this book, but it’s written for the general public. There are several exciting aspects of this book. The book is about identifying and dealing with manipulators. The most important part of the book is that the author focuses on covert aggression. What is popularly known as passive aggression, he makes a point of calling it covert.

It is extremely important because we think of either physical violence or verbal rage when we think of aggressions. But we do not necessarily think of more covert ways of manipulation, like guilt-tripping or certain emotional forms of manipulation as aggression.

Another interesting aspect of those authors’ work, which also appears more so in his other book, Character Disturbance, is that he emphasizes morality. In my layperson’s perspective, morality has generally left the field of psychology, or it seems to be making a little bit of a comeback.

Simon talks about character and positive truths that we would classify as the common good without going into the philosophical analysis of this concept empathy, sympathy, kindness, and so forth. So when you talk about character disturbance, he’s not talking about the personality of someone as a whole, but only these particular traits.

Once again, even though a clinician writes this book, he does not classify maladaptive individuals by personality disorders or mental health conditions. He’s simply looking at long-term patterns of harmful behavior in interpersonal relationships, which is very helpful.

In Sheep's Clothing

Author: George K. Simon
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Anger Management Self Help
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6. Snakes in Suits

This book destroys the public perception of a psychopath or someone engaging in psychopathic behavior over the long term. There are so-called Productos psychopaths in the business world, and that’s what Snakes in Suits focus on.

So even though this is a more narrowly focused book, it destroys the notion that a psychopath is necessarily in prison. This book is not always exciting, but it provides very different helpful scenarios for identifying these workplace psychopathic behaviors.

The author points out that many of the traits considered optimal for the cutthroat business world would coincide with certain traits on the psychopathy checklist. So without going into the ideological discussion, it raises specific questions about how the business world and capitalism operate. You can learn many unknown and surprising aspects from this book.

Snakes in Suits

Author: Paul Babiak Ph.D., Robert D. Hare PhD
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Occupational & Organizational Psychology
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7. Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist

The book is very compassionate because it takes a realistic look at how not everyone can leave a nurse a relationship with a clinical narcissist or someone high on narcissistic traits. The author makes an exception for those whose life is in imminent danger. Otherwise, she goes through all the possible scenarios where you might have to stay because of financial obligations, children, family, cultural obligations, etc.

The other exciting aspect of the book is that Dr. Rahmani talks about the general cultural implications, specifically in North America. She’s quite alarmed by the rise of narcissism on a cultural level. She brings up certain correlations between the growing diagnosis of narcissism or at least displays of narcissistic traits and how culture in North America operates.

The book gives you many helpful tips if you are to stay in the same maladaptive relationship situation or with a family of origin, how you should modify your expectations, how you should modify your perceptions of how you respond to the person in your life. So it’s very compassionate in that sense. It’s a little bleak for those forced to stay in these situations.

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Author: Ramani Durvasula PhD
Average Customer Review: (4.8 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Divorce & Separation
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8. American Psycho

This book is highly detailed between vaccines and murdering teens. It is written in a first-person narrative. So you see the world through Patrick’s eyes in the way he thinks, and you’re getting into his mindset. Hartford is entirely devoid of empathy, and it’s not even him. It’s most of his friends and the people he knows are acquaintances. They don’t care about each other. It’s all about what they have, what they’re doing, who they’re seeing, who they’re mingling with.

The way it’s written is that you’ve brought into his monotonous way of thinking so that it gets to the like graphic scenes. It even packs more of a punch and shocks you from this stupor you had been lulled into. Then it makes it all the more graphic. You will shock when it comes to sexy killing scenes. They are all extraordinarily graphic and detailed. I’m not recommending this to anyone under the age of 18. It is most definitely an adult-themed book that covers all the ways of psychopaths.

American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Satire Fiction
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9. Red Dragon

This is a story about a guy named Will Graham, and he is done with the whole FBI. They’ve caught Hannibal. All the stuff has happened before this book, and this is the first book in the series. The storyline for Hannibal is a bit different because it’s them trying to catch Hannibal and like about Will Graham going in the FBI. So it’s exciting how they connected it to the books and everything. They’re not like based on the books, but it’s interesting how they want the characters together.

Two families were murdered in their homes in and very odd way. The mirrors were broken, and it appeared that the bodies had been moved. Also, it’s strange. So to prevent a third one from happening, Jack Crawford goes to find Will Graham brings him in for his intuition and analytical abilities.

It’s hinted here that Will Graham is a strange guy. Graham was institutionalized in a mental hospital several years back, shortly before he retired because he was in distress after killing another serial killer that they had been in pursuit of.

Thomas Harris has this serial killer break habit and almost become like a completely different character with different motivations. At the end of the novel, the killer doesn’t completely match the killer we see at the beginning. Overall, it is still a very well done book and exciting to read.

Red Dragon

Author: Thomas Harris
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Hard-Boiled Mysteries
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10. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

The story takes place in 18th century France when a little boy named John Baptiste Grenouille. It is a very dark, disturbing, and visceral story. The book and film are quite similar. John Baptiste was born into less than ideal circumstances. His mother was a fishmonger.

She had many pregnancies before, but they ended in either miscarriage or stillbirth. So when she gave birth to him at her actual fish stall, she gave birth to the child, caught him free of her, and left him on the ground, assuming he would be dead.

Jean Baptiste was meant to live. His nose and his olfactory senses are so incredibly heightened. As he becomes more conscious of his surroundings, he can smell every little thing. He can smell a worm in a head of cabbage before it’s been cut open. Every cent is much more complex to him than a regular nose would be able to interpret.

The story follows him out as he grows older and becomes more and more obsessed with creating the most complex, beautiful scents in the world. The book’s point is not to be realistic, shape, or form. It does feel like this modern, gothic, terrifying, weird urban legend fairy tale.

Perfume

Author: Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Historical Mysteries, Psychological Thrillers
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Pauline Jackson

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