"Zodiac" is written by a political cartoonist from the San Francisco Examiner who was fascinated by the Zodiac's letters and ciphers and ended up spending over a decade researching the crimes, talking to suspects and witnesses, and working on his codes. Overall, the tale of the Zodiac killer is fairly creepy. The parts of the book that focused on the Zodiac's actual crimes and taunting of the newspaper and cops were fascinating. But chapters describing the late 70's and early 80's when the Zodiac all but disappeared and Graysmith focused more on dissecting various suspects and theories was boring. A stronger writer would've possibly made those chapters interesting, but Graysmith is a political cartoonist, not a reporter. Needless to say if you're into true crime novels, this book is a must read.
Robert Graysmith was on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1968 when Zodiac first struck. In this book, he reveals hundreds of facts previously unreleased, including the complete text of the killer's letters.
Some of the Zodiac killings happened very close to where I live. The fact that the killer was never caught amazes me to this day. The author really has his facts together and makes this a very interesting and thrilling read.
A sexual sadist, his pleasure was 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 the authroities, promising that he would kill more.
The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed thirty-seven dead. The real toll may have reached fifty.
If you liked the movie, then you will like the book. It is well written, I've read other books by Robert Graysmith and he is very good at making nonfiction read like fiction. Gets you so into the story that once you remember this stuff actually happened it bring chills down your spine.
I was a kid in the 60's and early 70's and knew nothing about the Zodiac killer. This is a great book that reads (listens?) like a historical novel. And as with Jack the Ripper there's a strong case for a certain suspect as the killer, but he was never prosecuted. Unlike the Ripper though Zodiac may still be alive.
This book held my attention regarding the serial killer that started in the 1960's. It contains copies of messages sent from the Zodiac killer and describes the steps taken to discover who he is and how he evaded capture. It is a good read.