Zodiac

Zodiac

by Robert Graysmith

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ISBN-13: 9780425212189
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 54,028
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Graysmith is the New York Times bestselling author of several true crime novels including Zodiac, Zodiac Unmasked, Auto Focus, and Amerithrax. The major motion pictures Zodiac and Auto Focus are based on his books. A San Francisco Chronicle political cartoonist and artist for fifteen years, he lives in San Francisco.

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Zodiac 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Sametcho More than 1 year ago
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delphica on LibraryThing 3 months ago
(#36 in the 2007 book challenge)Well this was a trip and a half. I don't read very much true crime, but I had to run out and pick this up because we rented the recent Zodiac movie, and there was a part about one of the suspects that seemed not fleshed out enough in the film and it was burning a hole in my brain and I assumed that the book would have more detail (no joy on that call, it didn't have much more information). A quick aside about the movie -- it wasn't especially great overall, but there were these small elements that I loved. It had repeated shot compositions that emphasized horizontal lines that were so impressive, just so visually striking, and one scene that was suspenseful that it ended up making pretty much the rest of the film seem bland. ANYWAY, back to the book. I suppose I should mention, for those who can't keep the 1970s serial killers with catchy nicknames straight, that the case is still unsolved and the book outlines the crimes, the investigation, and the main suspects. Talk about a being a product of its time -- boy, the decade of the 1970s was a character on its own. A recurring theme in the investigation was the likelihood that the killer was into witchcraft, and quite possibly into the LSD. You know what happens when people get into witchcraft, and the LSD! I have a sneaking suspicion that the author himself entertains the possibility that the symbols and twitchy references in the Zodiac's correspondence with the press carry some meaning and intent external to the person doing the killing. I mean, I get that a demented person, or a person who decides to kill a bunch of people, or heck, even a person into the witchcraft and the LSD, might find meaning in various symbols, and in his head might believe the symbols communicate things such as "hey, go stab some people tonight" but it's not as if the symbol itself is going to cause anyone to become a mass murderer, or that someone else could see the symbol and glean any information about the killer from it. The other funny thing is how dated the ... profiling? is. Anyone who has seen The Silence of the Lambs could come to the same conclusions that the experts did. I understand how this works -- we only have The Silence of the Lambs because of what criminologists learned in the past, but still, it's a little hard in 2007 to take it too seriously when an expert pronounces "the killer may have issues with his mother."Grade: C+Recommended: I don't think this is especially good as far as true crime goes (from my limited experience with the genre), in fact I was distracted by the possibility that the author had gone around the bend, which seemed almost more unsettling than the murderer (the murderer is clearly around the bend, so that part was just obvious). I had a hard time sussing out why Graysmith felt some suspects were more likely than others. However, it was an interesting look at the effect of the crimes, and the weirdness of the letter-writing campaign, on the San Francisco region and the people who were charged with investigating the case.
the_unnamable on LibraryThing 3 months ago
An engaging, if flawed work. Graysmith's close vicinity to the terrors of Zodiac-struck California propels interest in the sometimes bizarre, unsolved crimes. Perhaps due to his cartoonist's eye, the reconstructions are frequently groan-worthy, full of heavy-breathing into the darkening night, and similar such scenes. One wonders how much is fact versus obsession-driven fancy, and this is Graysmith's chief mistake. Still, the work reads like a dime novel or comic book at times, and is a fine primer to one of the strangest shadows of twentieth-century crime.
nms72 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Easily the most frightening non-fiction book I've ever read. By the time you finish this book you are, at first, comforted by the knowledge that the Zodiac is either dead or too old to keep doing what he loves. Then you realize the world is full of people just like him.
kf4vkp on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book is based on the authors interviews with victims, cops, suspects, and others involved in the Zodiac killings. All suspects are listed under false names as no one has ever been convicted of these crimes. It's a pretty decent book as far as true crime novels go, and is very informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of Criminal Minds, I first learned about The Zodiac through The BAU. At the time, I lived in Sacramento so when I found out The Zodiacs hunting ground was the Bay Area and parts of Sacramento, I was immediately hooked. I was really fascinated (in a non creepy way) by The Zodiac Killer. I found everything interesting and did all the research I could do to understand why he did the things he did. That is when I bought this book. Usually I hate reading and it takes me a long time to read books, but I loved this book! When I finished it, I was surprised I broke my own time record! This book was super informative and I learned a lot! I especially loved how it was Graysmith's point of view and how he goes through the investigation step by step. As someone who loves to read crime themed books, I really liked how well explains every scene and event to the max detail he experienced. Personally, I also enjoyed the personal point of view that Graysmith included into the book, and that it wasn't just raw facts and evidence. The point of view really adds a handful of character to the book. Plus the pictures were a bonus! The pictures were a huge help to visualize the handwriting and cipher of The Zodiac. Honestly, the little details that he includes in the book are what make it easier to follow and comprehend. For example, each chapter starts off with the date that the event took place. And throughout the chapter when that day ended, he would continue to the next day or major event day by starting off with the complete date. It is little details like that make the investigation easy to follow. But hands down, this is a great book that I would totally read again. I can't wait to start Graysmith's Zodiac Unmasked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I had nightmares the whole way through. It also doesn't help that I live in Vallejo, where alot of the murders took place, so I recognized all the streets and I know the area of Santa Rosa and alot of the places that were mentioned in Sonoma county, Marin county, and San Francisco. If you want to get this book, don't hesitate. The movie sucked compared to this book. I really didn't like the movie because it does not cover even 25% of what really happened. The movie skips over alot.
diana45 More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting and informative book. I learned a lot I didn't know prior to reading the book. Graysmith does a great job with making the book absorbing, and he is very good with organization. Very great book, I would recommend to anyone.
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Pasidina More than 1 year ago
This is a riviting, spine tingling book. This book takes you in the crimes, as if you were investigating them. Since there are no absolutions to the crimes it definately leaves you wondering. If you like books based on true accounts this is definately the book for you.
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This book gets into more detail than the movie. If you like true crime, this book is for you.
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ShakespeareInLove More than 1 year ago
Robert Graysmith did an incredible job of putting together this story of the Zodiac Killer. He did outstanding research, and detailing when writing. This is the best true crime book I have ever read. It's a keeper in my library because of the details, each time I read it, I discover something new. I love that Mr. Graysmith leaves nothing out or to the imagination....that's what makes his thriller #1 for me.
enjoi22 More than 1 year ago
A psychopathic killer torments the San Francisco Bay area through a string of random violent murders in the 1960's and 70's. The murderer also demands that the local newspapers print his graphic and detailed letters describing the morbid facts regarding his victims killings. If his demands are not met, he vows vengeance in the form of continued killings. Leaving several clues to those in pursuit, he stays one step ahead of the authorities, and their relentless search to stop his madness. Coursing throughout this biographical account is a main underlying theme of hunting as a thrill sport. The Zodiac writes in one of his letters giving an account to "The Most Dangerous Game" a movie and book based on a similar theme of hunting man as the ultimate thrill. Suggesting that his victims are nothing more than trophies, he sets out again and again stalking and dispatching the innocent. The Zodiac saw himself as the hunter, but he also was thrilled by getting the chance to play the role of the hunted. Taunting the police force, with phone calls informing them of recent killings, and exasperating them by detailing their near misses of capturing him, he strikes fear into the citizenship and forever robs the community of its innocence. I felt that this book was well worth reading, it was suspenseful and compelled me to read endlessly. I found myself in the shoes of both the investigators and the Zodiac himself. Analyzing the scant and cryptic clues in hopes of revealing the true identity of the killer. Characters were well described, and analysis of each were provided in detail. Their histories, habits, and lifestyles were painted vividly and gave a clear understanding of their unique roles and reasons for participation in this sordid story. I was frustrated along with the police, that those suspected of the crimes could not be tried based on evidence that would never convict in court. Hunches were not admissible, facts were too few, justice was never served. If historical and factual books like this captivate your attention, I would also recommend Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History by Paul Begg. With a theme that runs parallel to Zodiac, this suspenseful novel details a similar story that takes place in a different culture and different period of time. I would give Zodiac a solid 4.5 out of 5. Anyone who likes detailed, behind the scenes police work, as well as drama and suspense will enjoy this book.
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The first half of the book is about the victims and how the murders were carried out. Believe me when I say it will leave you looking over your shoulder. I don't scare easy whatsoever, but this book really disturbed me. Once you get past the murders, around the middle of the book, I found it to be a little boring in spots, but overall it was an outstanding read! Not sure I would read it again simply because it really disturbed me, but at the same time if you like to be scared and read true crime then this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The zodiac killer was never found. Evidence showed that it was the same person but could never find him. This book tells you the investigation of the Zodiac killings. He was known to have killed 6 people, but claimed he killed 37, maybe even 50. If your into true crime murders then this book is for you. It shows letters the Zodiac killer wrote to the police and the symbols he used. It tells everything that the police found and how the people died. Zodiac used many different symbols when writing his letters. His symbol most known was the crossed-out cirlce. It's kind of a hard story to follow since it's not really a story book. It's just telling about victims he killed and what the police did to try to find him. I recommend it to anybody who finds murderers interesting,like me. Zodiac also has a movie out, I haven't seen it but i heard it was good.