Zodiac

Zodiac

by Robert Graysmith
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Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

New York Times bestselling author Robert Graysmith’s investigation of California’s unsolved Zodiac murders.

A sexual sadist, he took pleasure in torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead in a lovers’ lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill more. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed thirty-seven dead. The real toll may have reached fifty.

Robert Graysmith was on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when Zodiac first struck, triggering in the resolute reporter an unrelenting obsession with seeing the hooded killer brought to justice. In this gripping account of Zodiac’s eleven-month reign of terror, Graysmith reveals hundreds of facts previously unreleased, including the complete text of the killer’s letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425212189
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 55,042
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.06(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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Sametcho More than 1 year ago
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just thought I should write my own review on this book. It is such a great book that is so well put together with dates and descriptions of when things happened. I love to read books but most books I have read I only read once and put them back on my shelf and have forgotten about them and also I have read only one chapter a day but this book is just so fascinating and just so gripping this is one book I refuse to put down. The book is quite chilling and Mr. Graysmith is one amazing author. He puts everything together so well it as if Graysmith was there himself right in the middle of the 'Zodiac' murders. He also makes theories about Zodiac that he might still be among us. If you love being scared or love scaring people this is a book I would strongly recommend this is also my all time favorite book and I am about to finish it again and when I finish I will read it again. It will never get boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book that I have ever read on the Zodiac. Graysmith does an outstanding job of bringing the search for the Zodiac back to life. I could not put this book down and at times it literally gave me the chills...Going forward, I will not read any more Zodiac books unless they are written by Robert Graysmith!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a chilling real-life detective story, if you do not like reading stories that describe how he killed his victim with great detail then this book is not for you. But, even if you don't like that you should still read this book, it is so awesome how they try to find out who the Zodiac really is, and it informs you you about a killer that could still be alive or atleast another person like taht Zodiac that once lived. The Zodiac was a sadist and he took great pleasure in killing people. One thime he said that he got headaches whenever he didn't kill people. Some quotes inside this book are ' Killing people is just like walking outdoors. If I wanted a victim, I'd just go and get one. I didn't even consider a person a human being.' that was said by Henry Lee Lucas who was a serial killer in 1984. The Zodiac wrote to the papers 'I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in teh froest because man is the most dangerous animal of all. To killl someone gives me that most thrilling experience, the best of it is that when I die I will be reborn in paradise and then all the people that I have killed will by my slaves for the afterlife I will not give you my name because you will try to soil down or atop my collecting of slaves for my afterlife.' At the end of his letter he put htese random letter 'ebeorietemethhpiti', which was hint of to what his name is. This book is filled with all kinds of things like this. Another saying that the Zodiac said was a slaves paradise is either by fire, by rope, by gun, or by knife. If you are under the age of 11 then you souldn't read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I work in a very different area of the research and investigative branch, I find this book rather interesting. It's fascinating to read how they actually conduct the investigation, and how certain conclusions are reached. I also bought Zodiac Unmasked, the sequel of this book. I have now read only two chapters of Zodiac, and I'm having a hard time putting it away, however, despite my age (30) I can't read it at night, just like Shirley! It's a very well-written, detailed book, and I think that if you want the big picture of the Zodiac murder investigation, you should buy both books. I don't know yet what Zodiac Unmasked will be like, but for the next few weeks I will be totally hooked up with Mr. Graysmith's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zodiac was an amazing book about the Zodiac killer, of course. It kept me reading until the very end. Also, it translated into a great movie. I had to read it in short incriments because it was so chilling. Graysmith describes the murders with as much intensity as if he was there! Read the book, see the movie.