Here's what Readers and Reviewers are saying about CAMOUFLAGED KILLER:
"David Gibb’s Camouflaged Killer is both a depiction and study of one of the darkest figures of contemporary crime, Colonel Russell Williams. Gibb manages with enormous skill to capture the stealth of this murderous rapist as against the upstanding life he led—as a commander of Canadian forces, as a husband, as a boss, as a pilot, as a host to dignitaries, including royalty. It is a testament to Williams’ skill as a deceiver that no one knew what lurked beneath the responsible, even sympathetic exterior, and it is a testament to David Gibb’s skill as a writer and storyteller that we have both sides before us, in all their chilling detail.”
— Joe Kertes, multiple award-winning author
"David Gibb is a natural-born storyteller. Once you pick up his true story of a top military hero gone wrong, you won't be able to put it down, even if you wish you could."
— Ann Douglas, bestselling author and newspaper columnist
"...Gibb is described as a superman of the investigative arts."
— Chris Malette, City Editor, The Belleville Intelligencer newspaper (in an Opinion article)
"In David Gibb's compelling story of Russell Williams, a Canadian Air Force Colonel turned serial killer, you will find two features absent in almost all True Crime writing. The first is an elegant literary style you would expect to see only in a most gifted novelist. The second is a penetrating psychological profile of the book's protagonist: a complex man unique in the annals of serial killers. Williams existed in two immiscible pieces: admired, albeit aloof, commander by day; cross-dressing, sadistic serial killer by night - whom no one really knew and who loved only his cat. Momentarily solicitous even in the midst of his sadism, he would fetch a Tylenol to assuage the headache of the woman whose head he had just bashed. These night-and-day contrasts are mirrored in Gibb's alternatingly beautiful prose passages and blood-curdling descriptions of Williams's gruesome crimes. Gibb is the fitting Vergil to guide us through the Hell of Williams's tortured - and torturing - psyche."
— Michael H. Stone M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York City)
"This is one of the best serial killer books I have read in years. Based on his access to police transcripts of videotapes made by Colonel Williams himself, Gibb puts the reader like a fly on the wall with the serial killer as he does his horrific thing, minute by minute. This book even creeped me out! Complete with absolutely fascinating profiling material gathered from many heavy-hitting experts, it is sure to enthrall the serial killer junkie."
-- Peter Vronksy, serial killer historian and author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters
"I just finished 'Camouflaged Killer' and wanted you to know that it will be recommended reading for my students from now on. I teach a class called 'The Study of Murder', and we discuss paraphilias, fetishes, fantasy and rape and their progressively degenerative affect on sexually-motivated serial murderers. Your book reinforces a lot of what I present to my students and provides an excellent behavioral analysis of Williams and his crimes. Thanks very much for an excellent, and informative, read."
— Dr. Tom Mahoney, Co-chair, The School of Justice Studies, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
"The book might have been researched and written quickly but it doesn't read like a true-crime quickie. The author, who's also a private investigator, writes with clarity and compassion."
— David Pitt, Book Reviewer, The Novascotian (The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"This book does indeed graphically describe what Williams did to the women he raped and murdered...But Gibb does not present these details for sensationalistic purposes but to describe what horrendous criminals really are like, how they commit their crimes and how they may, at least for a while, avoid detection...Not surprisingly, Camouflaged Killer is particularly insightful when Gibb offers his observations as an investigator on the Williams case. The critique he offers of the police work in Williams' case is reasonable and fair-minded...Readers interested in books about criminals, police or the air force will find Camouflaged Killer worth reading from the first to the last page."
— Ian Darling, Book Reviewer, The Kitchener Record, Kitchener, Ontario
"The book is very well written and it has a lot of information...If you like true crime at all, this is one to read."
— Helios Panoptes, on The Apricity Forum (USA)
"It's a rare writer who can take up such a challenge - on a truly fragile and controversial subject - and write about it so eloquently...I feel that I have received some information through the book that would have been impossible to access elsewhere. Thank you again for such an excellent read."
— Name Withheld By Request
"I am a retired homicide supervisor (42 yrs 9 mo) and trained with some RCMP at a New York polygraph school. Your access to information is wonderful. In all my years I have never dealt with any predator as organized as Russell Williams. Great work, and I'm looking forward to more of your books."
— Donnie Patton, Pasadena, Texas
"I thought I had read everything there was to know about Russell Williams until I read your book. I followed his arrest and trial closely, read extensively anything that was available, watched all the interrogations, and read “A New Kind of Monster”. I wondered what your book could possibly offer that I didn’t already know. Plenty as it turns out. I must say that despite all that I had read I was not prepared for the detailed account of his sexual assaults and murders you described. I did not come across it until now...It is obviously very disturbing to read the details of the murders and I practically had to close one eye while reading it if you know what I mean. But in this case, as upsetting as it is, I think it’s necessary to know just how evil Williams really is...
Despite your excellent analysis in the latter part of your book that describes Williams classification as the worst kind of sexual offender it’s still unbelievable to me that someone could escalate to the kind of violence he meted out to his victims...While the Russell Williams story is an unhappy one I thought you did a great job with your comprehensive and well written account."
— David Bidner, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"Camouflaged Killer was one of the most compelling books I have ever read. The book was like reading a fictional account of the worst crime ever, where the author's imagination had gone out of control. But to be reading your book and knowing that this happened in our country by one of the most respected members of the public is almost too much for the mind to digest...It was certainly a page-turner. Thank you."
— Ruth Brown, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
"[Camouflaged Killer] was intelligently written in a way that didn't sensationalize the crimes, which was quite refreshing. You told a story about real people and then took the time to accurately explain how the offender's background may have played a role in the crimes he committed. The research you put into this book is quite apparent. Well done."
— Glenn Woods, former R.C.M.P. Superintendent and Director of the force's Behavioural Sciences Branch (BRB), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"I have never written to an author before today. Last weekend I perused your book... and debated whether or not to buy it. You see, I have been captivated by this case since it broke. I have read countless newspaper and journal articles, watched the video excerpts from the confession interview, read the edited interview transcript and viewed TV documentaries. I wondered if there would be anything new to learn from your book. In the end I bought it and devoured it in 2 days. The way you described Williams attacks from transcribed video evidence was as if it were a fictional novel (if only that were the case). I particularly enjoyed the glimpse into his early life and the professional analysis. It is totally fascinating how this man was able to keep his dark side hidden so flawlessly...Congratulations on a job well done!!"
— Barbara Blair, Ashton, Ontario, Canada
"Bought your book, Camouflaged Killer...looking for insight, detail and some sort of explanation for this character Williams. Well, I got more than I asked for. What a read. A great book from a great writer. Such detail. Thank you so much. Although, I hope that we never have another being like that for you to write about, [I] will be following you for future books. Thanks again."
— Robert MacLaren, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"Just finished your book on Russell Williams, 'Camouflaged Killer'. Very informative and answered questions that had not been covered in Timothy Appleby's 'A New Kind of Monster'. I'm glad that you delved into the psych part more - that is what really interests me...Thank you for writing such an interesting, in-depth book."
— Norah Clarke, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"I just finished reading your 'Camouflaged Killer' and I just wanted to say great job. I had been waiting for it to come out and have to admit that in the meantime I also read 'A New Kind of Monster', but I found your book much more detailed and informed. I have been a true crime reader for years, but knowing that the 'bad guy' and the crimes were so close to home made it that much more chilling. To be honest I actually got goosebumps when I read about you delivering the civil lawsuit papers to him."
— Glenda Pressick, Belleville, Ontario, Canada
"Very graphic and explicit details of sexual assaults and homicides. No stone was left unturned by the author, who obviously did his homework. I read the whole book and could not put it down...This book also covered a lot of details that were never released to the public."
— "Bob", online review at bookseller website Chapters/Indigo Canada (chapters.indigo.ca)