Zodiac

Zodiac

Book - 2007
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New York Times bestselling author Robert Graysmith's investigation of California's unsolved Zodiac murders.

A sexual sadist, he took pleasure in torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead in a lovers' lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill more. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed thirty-seven dead. The real toll may have reached fifty.

Robert Graysmith was on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when Zodiac first struck, triggering in the resolute reporter an unrelenting obsession with seeing the hooded killer brought to justice. In this gripping account of Zodiac's eleven-month reign of terror, Graysmith reveals hundreds of facts previously unreleased, including the complete text of the killer's letters.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780425212189
Characteristics: [x], 355 p. :,ill., maps ;,18 cm.

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Marlowe Jan 09, 2016

If you're interested in the Zodiac murders, or true crime in general, this is a great book. Its best if you're familiar with the crimes, but not necessary. Graysmith is the essential writer, having been living in San Francisco during the original murders, he became deeply invested in finding the identity of the Zodiac. Here, Graysmith outlines the crimes and the possibilities, but gives the suspects pseudonyms. I'm sure you'll finish wanting to know more, which is great because Graysmith follows up with another book!

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steinie73
Sep 13, 2009

I don't know why I read this whole book. The writing is mediocre. The diary style is inconsistent. The facts about the Zodiac killer investigations are interesting enough in the beginning, but the book loses focus. If Graysmith would have focused on a particular aspect--the actual crimes, the identity of Zodiac, the bungled investigation--the book might have worked.

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