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Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen
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Apr 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels-based-on-true-storie, graphic-novels, misc-horror
Read from April 24 to 27, 2012

"Green River Killer" is written by the son of one of the lead detectives on the notorious Green River Killer case. The Green River Killer wound up taking the lives of more than forty women before being caught.
What's interesting about this graphic novel is that it delves more into the detectives working the case and how it affected their private lives. Jensen's father rarely brought his work home with him and almost never discussed the case with his family; he would routinely remodel the house as a way of coping with the horror he was dealing with on a daily basis. The killer, Gary Leon Ridgway, manages to somehow be sympathetic and infuriating at the same time; he's such a pitiful man faced with serious inner demons, but his reluctance to cooperate with the detectives (who only wanted to bring closure to the victims' families) makes you want to slap him.
The artwork in this graphic novel is amazing. The starkness of the black and white illustrations gives the piece a film noire sort of feeling without turning it into something campy or trite. In fact, the starkness of the black and white art gives the whole thing a much grittier and more realistic feeling.

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