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A história de um assassino bizarro que se intitulava por Zodiac. Um sádico, cujo prazer era torturar e matar. As suas primeiras vítimas eram jovens casais. Eram perseguidos e assassinados nos locais dos encontros amorosos. Depois dos assassínios, ele enviava cartas de aviso às autoridades, prometendo que íria continuar a matar, e o gozo que sentia na realização destas mort ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2007 by Editorial Magnólia (first published January 1st 1986)
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Cj Carpenter Well I most likely read this book when it first hit the stands in 87'? Then I just saw the Movie about 2 hours ago . BUT I can say with complete…moreWell I most likely read this book when it first hit the stands in 87'? Then I just saw the Movie about 2 hours ago . BUT I can say with complete honesty the Movie is good but it leaves out Sooo much but then how could it not? The question you ask would be similar to asking " I just saw the movie "Titanic" is that all there is to the Story or is there more to it? " Well obviously there's much more about the sinking of the Titanic then is in the movie and there is a Huge amount of information missing from the Zodiac Movie as in all Books that are turned in to Movies you can't fit 600 pages into 1 1/2 hours you just get a little bit of the facts and absolutely no Background information or Any other Info that the Producers didn't feel was needed for the Movie which would be roughly 75% of the Book, In my opinion it's on the same level ( well not quite) as "Helter Skelter" only I think" Zodiac" is longer if I recall . For the True Crime Fan it's a must read, It's one of the Classic's I'm surprised someone had to ask. (less)
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2.75-3 stars

I decided to pick this book up after watching Zodiac which was completely enthralling, however this was not the case for this book.The book was definitely well researched as it contains information from various sources,witnesses and reports.The book goes into extreme detail which was interesting at times but most of the time, it was just too much.

It feels as if Robert Graysmith just dumped all of his findings into the book without editing anything.Some of the details feel completely
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Becky
Would you believe that I was unfamiliar with the Zodiac killer until last week? I mean... I knew that there was a serial killer who went by the name, but I didn't know anything at all about the details of the murders or the killer himself. I had never even seen the movie.

I think that this ignorance kind of benefited me. I skimmed some of the other reviews for this book, and I see a lot of complaints about the fact that Graysmith included every single detail. But I didn't even notice this. My no
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Brad
Nov 22, 2008 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Let's say you're a serial killer. Now let's say what gets you off more than anything except your killings, is to taunt the cops with letters that mock their inability to catch you. You, of course, do not want to be caught, but there is always the possibility.

Now let's say you just happen to work at a famous newspaper, one of the papers to which you like to send your letters. How lucky for you, or how wonderfully designed, because as a member at the paper you are insinuated into the investigatio
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rachel
The facts of the Zodiac case are like the worst urban legends sprung to life. As any true crime fanatic knows, real life is where the real nightmares come from and boy, did Zodiac make many nightmares reality.

He was the hooded executioner who tied up and pretended to rob a young couple, then came back to stab them over and over in front of each other, throwing their money and car keys back at them before leaving. He rigged single women's cars so that their batteries would run down or their tire
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Christopher
Jul 03, 2016 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Things to keep in mind before you read this.

1) Have you seen the movie? Because going by reviews here, if you see the movie first, you won't like the book. I suspect because people can't grasp the idea that the movie can get away with more in the name of entertainment than something sitting on the True Crime shelves can. This is "true crime," not "fiction based on a real event." Also, the movie covers things in the author's real life, which the book isn't about to do. They're just different. St
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Lightreads
A very thorough recounting of the Zodiac killings and the long investigation, told by a newspaper cartoonist who became obsessed with the case and involved with the major players. Graysmith lays out the known facts, reproduces the full text of the Zodiac letters for the first time, and conducts his own investigations of the major suspects.

Man. I’d forgotten, but this is a hell of a story. It reminds me not to be too hard on a lot of thrillers and cop shows, because in fact you cannot make this s
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Megan
May 17, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I will admit, I picked up this book after seeing David Fincher's Zodiac. I found the case both horrifying and intriguing and I knew I wanted to know more. The Zodiac murders happened long before I was born, but Robert Graysmith did a great job at laying out all the facts from the case in an easy to read format. However, it was quite obvious that Graysmith was not a writer (he was a cartoonist) by the unpolished way that he writes at times. I gave Zodiac four stars instead of five because the mat ...more
Ted Leon
May 30, 2013 Ted Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be careful if you read this book. It has a very high potential to get you addicted to the case and try to figure out who the Zode is.
Brad H
Jul 22, 2012 Brad H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What i really like about this book was how it was told and how it was layed out.
Mr. Graysmith was a Newspaper cartoonist who later became involved in the Zodiac case. Not by his volition but, by the Zodiacs.

He lays out the facts. Gives you the time line and how things were investigated. How things happened. Precise and to the point.

He includes reprints of the letters that the Zodiac sent to the police and newspaper. Some of which to this day are unsolved and undecoded.

what is good about this boo
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Jason Schneeberger
4.5 stars. Fantastic true crime story!
Amanda Alexandre
A few months ago, there was a guy who used to jump over my walls and spy on me. He even masturbated at my porch, sometimes, as he was seeing me study late at night, through my window shutters. Sometimes, he knocked on my windows and whispered things that he would like to do with me. I had curtains put on my windows and contracted a home surveillance service. I have an old bitch at home, but she never alarmed me of his presence. We tried to catch him a few times, but he always ran before we had t ...more
Trudi
I don't think you can watch the film adaptation and remain unmoved by Graysmith's story and his obsessive quest to uncover the identity of the Zodiac killer. There was no question that I had to read his book. Graysmith was a cartoonist by occupation, not a journalist, and it shows. He makes the number one blunder of any amateur writer of either fiction or non-fiction -- he tries to include every last detail. Graysmith's obsession with the Zodiac killer means every minutiae of the case is deemed ...more
Kirk
Mar 05, 2015 Kirk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zodiac completeists only
[2.5 stars, rounded to 3 for hometown bias.]

The merciless Goodreads statistics might show that I started this book in 2011, but while yes, I am a slow reader, I’m not that slow. I wasn’t on the page-a-day diet, rather I threw this book aside numerous times for months on end out of sheer frustration, but always determined to come back to it. It. Was. A. Slog. The thing with true crime, sometimes you get lucky and Truman Capote writes one, but that’s not the rule. I have genuine admiration for wha
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♥ Marlene♥
I have read this book years ago.
Trying to add some books on Shelfari I discovered I had never registered this book on BC.


From Library Journal
From 1968 to the early 1970s, the self-styled "Zodiac" killer made headlines in the San Francisco Bay Area. In random attacks, he is known to have murdered six persons; in a series of letters to newspapers, which sometimes included cryptograms, he boasted of many more. To this day, the infamous case remains unsolved and surprisingly little has been written
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Trin
Jun 03, 2007 Trin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really rather embarrassed to have read this, but the recent film (all thirteen hours of it!) sufficiently intrigued me. Graysmith, as several people cautioned me, is not a very good writer; he has an odd tendency to sensationalize not especially sensational moments, and then describe parts that are naturally fantastic or terrifying in a strangely flat tone. In a way it served as a compliment to David Fincher, who included some legitimately nail-biting scenes in his 26-hour-long adaptation. I ...more
Cwn_annwn_13
I have a great fascination with the turbulent history and weirdness that was the California bay area during the 60's and 70's. Beatniks, hippies, Sonny Barger and the Hells Angels, the Black Panthers, the S.L.A, riots and civil unrest, SF evolving from hippie mecca to homosexual mecca, multitudes of nutty political and religious groups, and way too much other lunacy for me to list. Even today in spite of the yuppification of the area you can still feel the ghosts of the past in the air. On top o ...more
Marcus
Apr 14, 2009 Marcus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
It what reads more like a collection of small collections of thoughts about various aspects of the Zodiac kills, Graysmith gives his opinions about the case. He should be commended for being the first to bring most of the information together, but his narrative of the events is in no way a true narrative. It jumps around too much.
I found the topic to be interesting, but the book was poorly written. Graysmith is truly passionate about the identity of the killer, and he s
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Darbi Simmons
I would have scored it lower if I wasn't a true crime freak! But Zodiac is an okay read if you are interested in the Zodiac case, but Graysmith is in NO way a competent writer. He notes 'this name has been changed' that by the end of it yo are wondering what if ANY of his facts are true. Not a hard read and if you have nothing better to do.
Melissa
May 30, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a detailed step by step explanation of the case. You feel like you are part of the investigation. If you like true crime this is a must read.
Jemma
Apr 20, 2015 Jemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I found that this book was written very well; but it reminded me too much of a dissertation or a Police report. I found it very interesting as I did a Criminology and Sociology degree while I attended the University of Northampton. When I received this book in the NSS; I knew that I would enjoy it…however; this was not the truth. I found that it took my a while to get into the novel and to understand what was occurring throughout the book. I know that this book was turned into the film, starring ...more
Mandyhello
Mar 24, 2014 Mandyhello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src-2014
I listened to Zodiac on audio. The production value was really high, and the narrator was straight-forward and poignant. This is probably the most factual book I've ever read. Even though Graysmith puts out some theories on the identity of the killer, he keeps all of his conjecture grounded really firmly in the facts of the case. I wondered at the end if I would feel satisfied with a book based on a case with no resolution. I thought Graysmith did a great job of creating probable cause for a few ...more
Bill Shannon
Aug 23, 2016 Bill Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Zodiac" has a little bit of something for everyone: it is a procedural that includes crime scene details and eyewitness accounts. It has a an author's personal connection to the Zodiac Killer. And it has a great laundry list of conspiracy theories about who the Zodiac Killer was.

I listen to this audiobook as opposed to reading it so it was a little hard to follow at times. There are a lot of names and a lot of descriptions and the dates and events often get muddled together. But that does not m
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Jennifer
I have always enjoyed reading true crime stories, and after renting the movie Zodiac a few years ago wanted to read the book. It offered a chilling read, as most of these books do since the average person cannot imagine the messed-up mind of these sociopaths. So on that level, it was a good book.

The author, Robert Graysmith, was a newspaper cartoonist at the time the Zodiac killer started sending letters and ciphers to San Francisco newspapers. The letters and ciphers are presented in the book i
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Michelle
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Elizabeth K.
Well this was a trip and a half. I don't read very much true crime, but I had to run out and pick this up because we rented the recent Zodiac movie, and there was a part about one of the suspects that seemed not fleshed out enough in the film and it was burning a hole in my brain and I assumed that the book would have more detail (no joy on that call, it didn't have much more information). A quick aside about the movie -- it wasn't especially great overall, but there were these small elements th ...more
Mayra
Apr 06, 2009 Mayra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is a true story of a californian serial killer that taunted the police and killed over 50 people. This serial killer killed his victims and sent letters taking blame for their murders. he ordered the newspapers to publish his letters or he would kill more people. The victims that survived reported him to the police. yet they feared for their lifes in fear that he would attack them again. people that lived around the area where the attacks took place became scared. the police tried thei ...more
Dreadlocksmile
Robert Graysmith has produced a well written and interesting book about the notorious Zodiac killer. He does an extremely good job of presenting the information and facts on the killings, including some never before printed information. Unfortunetly after he has given all of the factual details he then goes off and tries to solve the case himself. Graysmith does have a couple of suspects who he reels off pages of circumstancial and exaggerated evidence on, one of which he names as Robert Hall (D ...more
Yi
Mar 26, 2007 Yi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
holy crap. this book was SO HARD TO READ.
robert graysmith is a terrible, terrible writer. whoever was his editor needs a good smack, too: the times and dates and names are all terribly confusing; the chronology makes no sense; there are grammatical errors and random facts floating everywhere...
still, this was one scary book, mostly because you knew that everything in the book actually happened. and...they just never caught the guy.
it's turned me off the movie. after i closed the book, i lay awa
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Sean Newgent
I've been interested in the Zodiac case for quite a few years and had meant to read this book. I finally picked up a used copy and was sufficiently entertained by what I read for the most part. The book is a pretty thorough case-by-case recreation of the Zodiac killings and includes the letters the man sent to police and newspapers. It gets a little muddled in the telling, Graysmith inserts himself quite a bit and includes tons of people whose dialogue could easily be told in a more succinct way ...more
David Schwinghammer
Robert Graysmith is no Vincent Bugliosi, but he does know more about the Zodiac killings than anybody else on the planet. The detail about each of the five known killings is incredible, and Graysmith unearths another killing that occurred in Riverside prior to the Zodiac killings that may have been committed by the same person. And he does come up with a likely suspect.

Prior to reading ZODIAC, I rented the David Fincher movie. I was expecting the movie to follow the book pretty closely, but ther
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Robert Graysmith was born in Pensacola, Florida as Robert Gray Smith. He changed his name to Graysmith in 1976.

Graysmith is a true-crime author of the books Zodiac; Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer; Unabomber: A Desire to Kill; The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate; The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes; The Bel
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