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Zodiac Unmasked was an interesting take on the real life incidents revolving around the Zodiac Killer.This book could have been a LOT shorter than it is, there is almost so much content in this book I got bored and I am OBSESSED with conspiracies and theories, I ll sit through long books and videos any day of the week I almost quit this book completely because it was boring me to death I did love all the research and information within this book, but it was almost too much This is one of many th [...]
Thank whatever gods may be that this is finally over The weeks I spent slugging through this I couldn t stop thinking that I could be reading something else To begin with, let s give the devil his dueRobert Graysmith knows a LOT about the Zodiac killer Probably than anyone He has poured years of his life into interviews with witnesses and investigators in effect, conducting his own investigation This was probably a good thing, because the police agencies seemed to be totally inept at the task T [...]
The other reviews are correct this book could have been a LOT shorter The same information was repeated again and again We GET it, Robert Graysmith.Truth is, everybody wanted Arthur Leigh Allen to be the Zodiac, including Allen himself But he probably wasn t Sure, there were a lot of coincidences that make Allen look like a good match for the killer, but the DNA didn t match Ugh Long and repetitive Obsessive Don t read this Read Graysmith s other Zodiac book That one is excellent.
The story of the Zodiac hunt is like a labyrinth confusing, frustrating and mind boggling, much like Zodiac himself.
Hard to get into at first Graysmith jumps back and forth in the chronology of this decades long murder case The number of players involved suspects, police, witnesses, Zodiac s victims and possibile victims, journalists, relatives and friends of all of the above also made this book hard to follow at first Maybe Graysmith assumes the reader has read his earlier book on this subject I hadn t But, Graysmith is an excellent descriptive writer and his obsession with the case becomes as interesting as [...]
This is Robert Graysmith s second book about The Zodiac killer.Author Robert Graysmith was on the staff of the San francisco Chronicle when the hooded killer s first letter arived.After 8 years of research Graymsith revealed 100 of facts never before released and his own theory of the Zodiac s true identity but they did not caught him.Now 19 years after Zodiac was published it seems they have finally caught him.Zodiac Unmasked I have just read Zodiac and can t wait to read this one.HardbackUpdat [...]
See also Zodiac.This book shares with Zodiac the inherently confusing, nebulous, ambiguous nature of its material, but it also has some problems of its own The worst of which is repetition Graysmith not only repeats information covered in Zodiac which I totally admit he couldn t avoid , but he repeats information within Zodiac Unmasked There was a symposium on Zodiac in 1993, and Graysmith not only gives large chunks of that verbatim, but he repeats the quotes, again verbatim, at other points in [...]
It is hard for me to review this book because it is very long like 450 pages and almost entirely redundant of the first zodiac book it has like 10 pages of new information spliced throughout a bunch of painstaking minutiae in between Had I not read the first Zodiac book, perhaps I would ve liked this one The only reason I did read it the first book did not conclusively unmask the killer so i had to read on and find out right wrong just skip to the last page and save yourself the time.
This is a good book for detailed descriptions of the crimes and the police procedure However, the case for the suspect is circumstantial What the book details is the systematic hounding by the author of his number one suspect, leading to serious invasions of his private life plus quite intrusive action taken by the police, using Graysmith s thesis as justification The main suspect was hounded to his grave and cleared recently when his DNA did not match DNA know to belong to The Zodiac Two stars [...]
In contrast to the first Zodiac book by the same author, I found this to be poorly written It was confusing and the author jumped back and forth in time so much it was hard to keep track of what was happening when Information was repeated and hard to keep straight I think the author got a little too close to the subject and tried too hard to give every possible detail and in the process lost track of the best way to lay it out.
This is a very interesting book However, it s badly written, in need of serious editing, and very repetitive Still a worthwhile read, if you have the brain power to keep everything straight seriously, there was no need for so much jumping around the timelines , though the repetition will help with that If it s the sort of thing that interests you, I d certainly recommend it.
Being true crime obsessed, I can whole heartedly say I ve never struggled to read a true crime book before It was unnecessarily repetitive, at times I thought I was reading 3 chapters back It mostly goes between talking about Arthur Leigh Allen and people who talk up his first book It is to a point of unhealthy obsession with the man I have no doubt Arthur Leigh Allen did unspeakable things that he wasn t charged for other than child molesting which is despicable but in all honesty I think the r [...]
Too much imagery Unnecessary imagery The book was pretty interesting, but it was so long and so boring I felt as if I watching a five hour documentary showing green light gates and kids running off of a school bus It was ok, but I wouldn t recommend it Way too long and way too boring Not of my liking I just ended up abandoning the book and moving on to a new one that kept my interest all throughout.
Excellent argument on the most likely identity of the Zodiac I m convinced tbh.
While I lived in the Bay area during the time The Zodiac was active, I lived in San Mateo which seemed a lifetime away from Vallejo, as a new Mom the section I read in the Chron was the Pink section and politics, international and Opinion pagesuff about murder and mayhem in far away places was not paid attention to It was a different time, the thought of a serial killer was not in our conscious minds It wasn t until the 70s that the general public got a concept of the reality that there was amon [...]
2.5 I took away a full star for the headache this badly organized book gave me Zodiac would appreciate the confusion of detail provided obscuring the story.
Unusual in that a the book s thesis is likely correct, and Graysmith was the first person to put in the work to connect the dots, and yet b the book is terribly written and contains volumes of extraneous nonsense on top of valid reporting Graysmith s primary problem is that he wants it both ways he wants to establish that his primary suspect was the Zodiac, but he also wants to throw in every other titillating fact, detail or theory at his disposal in order to keep the reader turning the pages, [...]
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 of Graysmith s intention that effect being to leave an objective reader pretty much convinced that Arthur Leigh Allen probably wasn t the Zodiac, only a pathetic child molester with a lot of unfulfilled talents who loved the idea of [...]
I am having a really hard time getting through this the author s writing is horrible He jumps around throughout the book, throwing in awkward and random sentences that at times don t even really have much to do with what he had been talking about.This is going in the DNF pile for now Maybe I ll pick up when I don t have 20 other books on my shelf to read.
I read this book after watching the 2007 movie Zodiac I find this book is less interesting than the movie, maybe it s because this book is factual and only covers the real events, whereas the film is loosely based on real events But this book surely gave depth in the Zodiac case for me.
If you read this there is no reason to read Graysmiths other Zodiac book Every thing and is in this book Great book for those of us who grew up in the era of the Zodiac and lived near him.
Poorly written Confusing, non sequential, and repetitive Maybe Zodiac is better.
This is an odd one Unfortunately, I wasn t able to find a copy of Graysmith s original Zodiac book to read first This felt a bit unedited, a bit like a collection of notes rather than a cohesive narrative, at first anyway Once we get to the period of time following the publication of the original book, then things start to fit together like a continued investigation, rather than a rehash of something older.The last fifth, or so, of the book is very compelling and could form the basis for an int [...]
Save your money, just Google itI read this book because it was recommended to me by a close friend, and honestly it is one of the worst reads ever Don t get me wrong the story is interesting, a serial killer who was never discovered, but the read is labourious It reads like a bad documentary where there entire show is recalled after every ad break, then two minutes of New stuff before the next ad break What I m trying to say is this story is the most repetitive thing ever, the name of the suspec [...]
I love and enjoy almost any book I read I LOVED the first Zodiac book I am super interested in Zodiac, which accounts for the extra star rating However, this book really didn t do it for me It was a repetitive, boring, and redundant piece of writing that was at times difficult to follow and choppy, and way, way too long There are multiple times where Graysmith repeats himself with the same wording It was mostly a much plodding rehash of the information presented in the first book It was a real [...]
Picked this up in a used bookstore Read Graysmith s original Zodiac back in the early 90s This is not just a rehash of that material Readers who like True Crime, especially serial killer material, will find this palatable Most of the book is dedicated to the suspect Graysmith and most of the detectives who worked the case believe is responsible for the Zodiac killings in the late 1960s early 70s There is a whole cult community dedicated to identifying the Zodiac this book will probably not quell [...]
very thoroughI wasn t that knowledgeable about the Zodiac killings when I started reading this book I had heard of them, but didn t know the details I believe that the author assumed the reader knew about the people involved, because I wasn t sure who some of the people were Once I figured it out, it was very informative But, I wish that I had background information before I started.
Graysmith s first Zodiac book is a classic of the genre, but this sequel in which the man known as Starr is finally revealed lacks the intensity and actually becomes a slog to get through This is because it is mostly a retread of the first book if this had been edited down to half its length and a lot of the extraneous material from the first was removed, it would be a much tauter and interesting read I mean, most people who read this book will read Zodiac first, right
Another great book from Robert Graysmith, if you want the true story or as close to a true story then you must read his books on the Zodic killer, he was there and spent than 10 years investigating the zodiac killer.