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Exceptionally written and quite captivating
on 17 February 2013
I read this book very quickly and loved it, even though I knew how it ended :) The perspective from which this is written, from that of the police and press who were involved over the thirty-plus year BTK case, works really well. Like any serial killer, Rader is just a man, not a slimey hunchback, and the detectives were quite annoyed when they found out he was actually a bit of a "dork", and "stupid". Rader fancied himself as a bit of a genius, but the reality is that if you kill all witnesses and don`t leave fingerprints the chances are you would be hard to find in the 1970s. Especially if you have no criminal record, hold down a decent job, have a family. Rader didn`t fit the stereotype of a killer, but then even the concept of serial killers and signature killers (the binding, torturing and killing part) was not a widely recognised one. The banality of evil idea shines through...nothing was exceptional about Rader. Which is what makes the police work involved very interesting to follow. The writers did a fine job or replicating the drama and terror of the case, largely because they were involved. An excellent read.