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Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
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Recommended for: true crime afficionados
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This is the book that the movie ZODIAC (Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal) is based on. The author, Robert Graysmith, is a former editorial cartoonist for the SF Examiner, which received many of the Zodiac's letters. The case remains unsolved, with several suspects, and is just downright creepy. The movie was quite creepy as well. The book certainly had its creepy moments. Mostly it was interesting, and it follows the building of a case against a specific suspect. It was a little hard getting started on this book because of its construction: it was ordered chronologically according to murders and events, but then each section on that murder or event would contain everything Graysmith had experienced or heard over time about that murder/event. At first that was a little hard to take, but it eventually became more natural. Clearly Graysmith was an illustrator and not a writer. ;) It's not a bad book by any means; it's just a little ponderous at times. Also clearly, the Zodiac fascinated and consumed many people involved in the case - that's probably one of the more interesting parts of the book and certaily was what the movie picked up on.
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