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Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed
I'm a big fan of Graysmith's first Zodiac book, and of David Fincher's film; I read this sequel in a spirit of sympathy. But in addition to being poorly written, indifferently organized, and sloppily proofread, Zodiac Unmasked has an ultimate effect precisely opposite to Graysmith's intention: it leaves an objective reader pretty much convinced that Arthur Leigh Allen wasn't the Zodiac--only a pathetic child molester with a lot of unfulfilled talents who loved the idea of people thinking he was the Zodiac. Graysmith's books should be read: his inside access and marshaling of facts are essential to anyone who can filter out the often specious use he makes of them. But what's badly needed is a definitive history of the case written by a skilled historian of crime without a vested interest in proving "his" suspect guilty, even at the cost of vapid speculation, implausible rationalization, and rampant elision of contradictory evidence.
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