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Posted January 31, 2012
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Intriguing follow up to the Black Dahlia Avenger
An absorbing read, Most Evil by Steve Hodel is an intriguing look at how the Black Dahlia murder, Zodiac murders, and the Lipstick murders may have all been the work of his father, Dr. George Hodel. For readers of the Black Dahlia Avenger (Steve's first book on his father), Most Evil expands the life story of George Hodel to include the possibilities (and in Steve's mind, the almost certainty) that he was involved in murders across the globe. Although seemingly fantastic as a theory, Steve Hodel does a good job in presenting evidence and explanations that make his conclusions seem feasible.
Whether Most Evil is just an engaging story or an factual portrayal of past murders may never be known, but I would love to see Steve's continuing discoveries in a future book. Considering the modern times we live in where TV justice (CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds) provides solutions and convictions in 60 minutes or less, Most Evil leaves the door wide open for continued exploration of the loose connections of some of the biggest murder sprees of the past. Most Evil leaves you looking for more, in a good and bad way. Good, because the book only whets your appetite for more detail, Bad because you always sense that "something" seems to be missing. For me, that "something" is what should be a massive trail of evidence in the personal items and conversations of Dr. George Hodel from his long and interesting life in the U.S. and abroad. For someone who may have committed one murder, let alone strings of murders in the U.S. and abroad, you would think there would be some kind of misplaced (or purposely hidden) evidence (notes, journals, safe-deposit box, etc.) that would provide a hard tie-in to the genius of such a person. Let's hope Steve Hodel continues to explore all of the open ends he created in Most Evil.
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