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Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
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Cartoonist-cum-chronicle Robert Graysmith has a pretty decent retelling of the Zodiac killer story here. As well he should, given he was working at one of the newspapers to receive ciphers and cheery letters from the murderous astrology fan.

The book's appearance isn't great. Cheaply printed, it's definitely produced to tie in with the (excellent) Fincher movie which extensively used this book (and its sequel) as a frame. The text is terrible and graphic repro is pretty poor, but there's a wealth of information in there, gleaned from the source and, on occasion, some gumshoe work of Graysmith's own. Whatever you want to know about the Zodiac's reign of terror, it's probably in here. (Because let's face it, it's not in the SFPD files any more.)

The problem with the book is that it hasn't been updated since it was published, save for a tacked-on chapter on the making of the film. This means the information about Arthur Leigh Allen's supposed guilt is hidden behind altered names, and generally pussyfooted around.

I understand it's probably easier to have this book in print AND its sequel - but given the amount of repetition in both books, it'd be nice if Graysmith revisited both and combined them into a more comprehensive single book.

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Reading Progress

April 20, 2014 – Started Reading
April 20, 2014 – Shelved
April 25, 2014 – Finished Reading
April 5, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read

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