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The Most Dangerous Animal of All [Kindle Edition]

Gary L. Stewart , Susan D. Mustafa
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An explosive and historic book of true crime and an emotionally powerful and revelatory memoir of a man whose ten-year search for his biological father leads to a chilling discovery: His father is one of the most notorious-and still at large-serial killers.

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. It was a quest that 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 D. Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt for his father following a complex trail of startling twists and connections. Combing through government records and news reports and through conversations with his father’s relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues, including forensic evidence, identifying his father as one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in history.

Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart’s father, raise disturbing questions about law enforcement-what they know and what they’ve suppressed-and present overwhelming evidence that should force relevant authorities to review the status of the case. Throughout, Stewart’s pressing need to know the truth about his parents and himself drives the narrative to its climactic discovery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11405 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTW785W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the podcast instead 8 Nov. 2014
By David
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after hearing the author describe his investigations into his father in a 'Snap Judgement' podcast. These are fascinating, and I recommend that anyone interested in this part of the story listens to that podcast, because it contains 95% of the salient details, and almost none of the fluff with which the author wastes 50% of the reader's time with in this book.

The narrative perspective of assuming the author's suspicions are correct is disingenuous when the author does not have the proof he spends the last half of the book looking for. The way the author assumes the position of omniscient narrator of events he neither witnessed nor had direct knowledge of is very irritating.

The book is written like a tabloid, with lots of direct, portentous and dramatic language which becomes tiresome very quickly.

Finally, the evidence is unconvincing. There are very interesting parallels between Van's life and the events of the zodiac case, but the zodiac ciphers are presented as a smoking gun when they aren't. I really tried, but the author's conclusion is a reach.

I join other reviewers in feeling sympathy for the author, but most of this book is a fat waste. If it's a memoir, it shouldn't spend half of its length on a dubious 'history' of the zodiac killings. If it's an investigation, it shouldn't be fattened with tabloid-ish sensationalism and sentimentality, and the conclusions should be supported by the evidence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You Decide. 20 July 2014

I would urge prospective buyers to watch this short news item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Looked forward to reading this book about the Zodiac killer as the hype surrounding this book,made me feel that the great Zodiac puzzle was solved.As it has turned out the publicity was just a cynical cash making ploy by the author.A similar thing has happened recently with "The hunt for Jack the ripper,"in this case the so called hand writing evidence from the marriage certificate turns out to have been written by a Baptist minister.The fingerprint evidence isn't even Zodiacs print,the book is decently written but its another case of "The Emperrors new clothes."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solved 8 July 2014
By A. Webb
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I consider the Zodiac murders as solved after reading this excellent book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 16 Sept. 2014
Not a great story and I found it dragged on a bit
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