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Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
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Jun 14, 2008

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As I read this book, I basically critiqued it from two angles. Graysmith is not a writer by professional, that is obvious. At times his wording is stilted and quite frankly, strange. Basically, his writing just doesn't quite flow. It's not bad enough that the book was difficult to read or anything, but it is definitely noticeble. He is also definitely not a homicide detective, either. He adds a lot of what I would call "fluff" to his narrative. That is, he tends to add details that destract from the overall story and he also tends to go off on things that are not even tangentially related to the facts. I think he also gives far too much credence to eye witness memories, especially those that occur many years down the line. He also ventures a little too far into psychological and profiling territory, which he has absolutely no training in or advanced knowledge of.

However, overall the book was an extremely interesting read. No one is or was more obsessed with Zodiac than Graysmith, and no one has more knowledge of the minitiae of the case than Graysmith. You want details? You've basically got everything anyone has ever known about the murders, the victims, the detectives, the investigation itself and the suspects. Graysmith is completely upfront about the blunders made by the people working the case, and he is also honest about his own prejudices (and past errors) regarding the suspects.

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Adam I guess you aren't a writer by "professional" either.

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Wesley zing!

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