Anonymous Killer Narrator

This trope is frequently seen in modern day Mysteries and Thrillers.

In between the regular narration of the book that features the detective trying to figure out the case, there are sometimes chapters written from the perspective of the serial killer. These chapters usually are written anonymously and/or gender neutral so as to disguise which of the known characters in the book it is that is doing the killing.

These chapters frequently describe in great, loving detail how much they lust after the heroine (or other target) and can't wait to fuck/torture and then kill them. They also give detail as to what information the killer has on the investigators on the case.


  • Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
  • The Healer by Frank G. Slaughter
  • Pretty much every Jeffrey Deaver book has these.
  • The Spenser novel "Crimson Joy" has one, not usual for the series.
  • The "I will be called a murderer" chapters of Orhan Pamuk's My Name Is Red.
  • Irvine Welsh' Filth has one of these, it turns out to be Narrator All Along for the protagonist.
  • "Stone Cold" by Robert Swindells contains paragraphs written from the perspective of the murderer, Shelter.
  • Dialogues of the Dead from Dalziel and Pascoe, a series of novels by Reginald Hill.
  • The Surgeon, first book of the "Rizzoli & Isles" saga by Tess Gerritsen has interludes with the killer's thoughts. This is done in some of the other books in the series as well
  • The Hercule Poirot story "The ABC Murders", explicitly marked as not being from Hastings' narrative. Subverted as he's only the Unwitting Pawn to the real murderer.
  • Mary Higgins Clark often uses this tactic also, right until the final confrontation.
  • Stephen King's The Dead Zone.
  • Some of the Spilling series by Sophie Hannah have this.
  • Alex Cross:
    • Almost every book contains this, except for the ones where the killer's identity is known from the beginning.
    • The movie Kiss the Girls starts with a voiceover by Casanova explaining his first twisted "relationship".
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