The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer

The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer

by Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
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The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa

New York Times Bestseller

Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart's decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America's imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century's great unsolved mysteries.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac for the very first time. Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart's father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture, and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest—a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel—as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062313188
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 70,042
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Gary L. Stewart is vice president of Delta Tech Service of Louisiana. More than a decade ago, Gary began writing a journal, chronicling every detail of his search for his father and his own identity. That journal served as the basis for The Most Dangerous Animal of All.


Susan Mustafa is an award-winning author and journalist. She is the coauthor of Dismembered, written with Sue Israel, and Blood Bath, written with Special Prosecutor Tony Clayton and Sue Israel.

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I couldn't put this book down! It is masterfully written, weaving plots and sub-plots into a seamless narrative - even moving in places. The evidence is overwhelming and documented very well. I'm convinced!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not normally in the habit of buying books, especially by unknown authors on the day of their release, but everything I learned about this book compelled me to know more. With a story this intriguing it doesn't matter that Gary Stewart is just an Electrical Engineer from Louisiana. His evidence is stunning. His story is thoughtful, heartfelt, and macabre. He lays out facts, motives, theories, and some of the only new evidence in the Zodiac case in years, and ties them together with a very believable narrative. I finished the book in two days, then watched Zodiac by Fincher, then did research on the web and it's incredibly likely that this man found the killer who has eluded police for nearly half a century. Highly entertaining, highly read-able, and one of the most engrossing books I've ever read!!! Scott
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fascinating and believable!  I couldn't put it down and was sorry when I did finish it...I do believe that SFPD needs to do DNA testing.  The only thing that I would have loved to see was picture??  I bought the Nook book...no pictures!! What a bummer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a truly amazing story, well told by Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa. Imagine the nightmare of finding out your biological father is one of the most horrific serial killers in history. The emotional journey that Stewart goes through is staggering and the words used to describe it are perfectly chosen. Stewart is very brave for sharing his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. Gary Stewart makes a convincing case for his biological father being the Zodiac killer. Book is interesting even without the Zodiac angle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not what most people would expect. I enjoyed reading it so much. I had read a few comments about this book one being "why would someone be proud of being a child of a killer". I wanted to say read it before you make a comment like that. It was nothing about pride but it was about forgiveness. I can only imagine the struggles that the author went through to even complete this book. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer. I could not put it down. I watched the movie the Zodiac Killer several years ago. It was absolutely terrifying. I was interested in this book because I was hoping this killer had been identified. I believe he has. I am so sorry Mr. Stewart had this man as a biological father, but thankful he shared his story. What a testimony - God surely takes care of his children! And, a touching tribute to his adoptive parents, especially his father. I'm so glad I took the time to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first pages i could not put it down ,
NMB1 More than 1 year ago
Gary Stewart's narrative is faciniating, convincing and 100% believable. His biological father IS the Zodiac Killer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing ! It's like watching all of the pieces of this mystery fall into place to solve this seemingly unsolvable puzzle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely read non-fiction, however this book caught my attention, and once started, could not put down.
Sandypants More than 1 year ago
An amazing true story told by the son of the Zodiak killer who ravaged the streets of California in the late 60s and early 70s. The author's unstoppable drive and quest to find out  who he really is tells a most believable story and the horror of his roots likely still has him asking,  "Why?"
Rixcraft More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read, I literally could not put it down. I am truly convinced the Zodiac mystery has finally been solved!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good BUT why did the book end without the DNA results--leaves one hanging
dshantz More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book. I grow up in the Napa Valley and was going to elementary school at the time. I remember the police cars following the school buses. This book moves quickly documenting what he found. He brings up names of people in the community so you can track events. Once I started it I had to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the manner in which the author laid out this story was incredible. While I had the old fashioned paperback and not the e-book, it was still a page turner and I found myself easily passing large chunks of time immersed in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Gary is a local from Louisiana and I use to work in the BBQ restaurant that he would come into! Great man, so sweet and kind! He even autographed my copy! This book about h is life is great! It is well written and captivates you with every page turn!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book leaves me with no doubt that the case for the zodiac killer needs to be reopened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing read. I could not put the book down! It's written so well and keep you hanging onto every word. Your heart just goes out to Gary and what he's been through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written, and the son so brave and determined in finding the facts about his history...and the horrifying conclusion, that it is hard to put down. The author also had some very loving, altruistic people in his life which gave his personal story a strong foundation.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting and well documented book!  I'm convinced and look forward to the DNA test results. The victims' families deserve to know and have closure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book that will grip you in its suspense. You must read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is: Wow! This book wraps you in and won’t let go. It is an amazing story. I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago