The writer has done a great job researching this book, and his writing skills are excellent. I'm a fan of true crime books, but find that this genre in particular has many poorly written stories. Sometimes I just have to give up in disgust! Ginsburg however, is one of the best.
The book is long though, and filled with detail, so much so that I often felt bogged down with it and a bit confused at first by the bouncing back and forth between time periods, suspects, and victims. It was a complicated set of murders and attempted murders, I'm sure the author simply had to go with the flow. I'm not giving anything away when I say that the book ends with the serial killer never being arrested for his crimes. That's a fact that is cited on the back cover of the book and can be found in any on-line search one cares to make. But it does give you a feeling of gloom just knowing it. I'm glad I read the book, it was well worth it. This was a series of murders I had known nothing about, so it added to my store of knowledge about serial killers. The psychologist who became the police profiler in these cases was/is astounding, and his explanation along the way, of how he delved into the minds of the killers, was extraordinary. All in all, if you are a great fan of true crime stories, I'd say you must read this book. It's very good.
From the back cover:
"Ginsburg has done a masterful job in portraying the pulse, the humanity, and the anguish of detectives struggling, unsuccessfully, to hunt down a latter-day Jack the Ripper." - Jonathan Kellerman-
"No one knows who he is, but he's out there, waiting for a chance to kill again...
It's one of the most shocking unsolved crimes of our time...For over a decade, the deadly presence of a serial killer on the loose has tainted the Connecticut River Valley region. He's killed at least six young woman- and eluded investigators time after time. Here is one of the most complex manhunts in true crime history- and a remarkable inside look at a riveting police investigation as you've never seen it before."
"A standout...Unusual for it's psychological depth and close-ups of exotic new forensics." - Kirkus Reviews
"Intruiguing...Ginsburg makes us truly understand the impact of these crimes beyond the body count." - New York Daily News
"Disturbing...Considering the number of unsolved killings in the U.S. this book is well worth one's time." - Booklist
"Ginsburg probe[s] into the hearts and minds of his characters- the police, the victims, the survivors-even the dark soul of the killer himself." - Mostly Murder