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The Most Dangerous Animal of All (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Gary L. Stewart (Author)

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New York Times Bestseller 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. His quest 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 Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart's decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues-including forensic evidence-that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history. For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America's imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century's great unsolved mysteries. The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac for the very first time. Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart's father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture, and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest-a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel-as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.… (more)
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While this was compulsive reading I'm not convinced by the theory. Seems to be a lot of supposition and no hard evidence. Interesting though ... ( )
  secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
A resemblance to an identikit picture and being a very unpleasant person does not make you a serial killer. Kept waiting for the real evidence to emerge but there was nothing. Can't see why this was a best seller nor why they would make a movie of it... ( )
  MerrylT | May 18, 2023 |
Readable, but not believable ( )
  zizabeph | May 7, 2023 |
1.5 stars rounded up mostly because I don't want to give it one star...

There's a lot to complain about with this audio book. The author reads it and he speaks soooo sloooowly that it was too much for me to take. Ended up speeding the narration up to 2.5x the normal. Still ended up fast forwarding through some bits that had absolutely nothing to do with anything - like his adoptive father needing help getting dressed for his wedding anniversary because he's color blind.

If you're looking for a book about a serial killer being uncovered, skip this one. If you're looking for a book filled with lots of meaningless retellings of boring conversations - supposedly told word for word like a transcript - circumstantial evidence that was quickly and, from what I can tell, easily debunked, and mentions of other murders and notorious people from the late 60s and early 70s, then this is the book for you.

Honestly, if you have a sincere interest in the Zodiac killer or true crime in general, this book will likely make you more mad and annoyed than anything else. ( )
  amcheri | Jan 5, 2023 |
He found what the police could not! ( )
  wincheryl | Jun 20, 2022 |
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New York Times Bestseller 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. His quest 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 Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart's decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues-including forensic evidence-that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history. For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America's imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century's great unsolved mysteries. The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac for the very first time. Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart's father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture, and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest-a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel-as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.

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Prologue -- The ice cream romance -- Signs of the Zodiac -- The truth deciphered.
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