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Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen
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Jan 04, 2012

really liked it

If you're looking to peer into the mind of the serial killer, Gary Ridgway with this one, then put this graphic novel down. This graphic novel, written by Jeff Jensen, one of Green River Task Force Tom Jensen's sons, is a look at a man who is trying to peer into the abyss. The abyss, at first, being who in the universe would kill all of those women in the SeaTac area of Seattle, Washington. Later, when Gary Ridgway's DNA is identified with updated technology, the abyss becomes WHY he would do it.

Growing up in Seattle during the late-80s up until a couple of years before the announcement of Gary Ridgway as the prime suspect, captured, this graphic novel truly resonated with me. As Portland, OR thriller author Chelsea Cain mentioned regarding the inspiration for her Gretchen Lowell serial killer series, the mood of the Pacific Northwest was fairly grim as a result of its mysterious Green River killings. I feel like Jeff Jensen captured not only the mood of his father, the primary investigator on the Green River Task Force, but the general bewilderment and sense of dread that the entire region experienced in this graphic novel.

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