From Publishers Weekly
Childhood abuse from parents and bullies alike ostensibly taught California serial killer David Carpenter to vent his adult rage sexually. ``The details of the crimes--and the bumbling police work that apparently allowed more to occur--are carefully presented by Graysmith in a thorough and engrossing account of a violent sociopath,'' said PW. Photos.
back cover - The killer was a very brilliant madman, very brilliant, and he was operating on 200,000 acres. He could be behind any tree. Thus one government official described the enormous odds facing the vast manhunt for the Trailside Killer.