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    Gary L. Stewart(Author) Susan D. Mustafa(Author)

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 in America.

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 search 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 American history.

I promise that you ve never read anything like The Most Dangerous Animal of All. Mesmerizing from the first page, the story includes a shattering surprise that will sear itself in your memory. Be prepared to read non-stop; this really is a book you won t be able to put down. --Jeff Guinn, author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson"Convincing....The author painstakingly pieces together over a decade s worth of personal research and verbatim interviews with family, friends and law enforcement, then goes further to scrutinize and compare handwriting samples, police sketches and photographs, all bearing uncanny resemblances to recorded documentation from the Zodiac files. --Kirkus""I promise that you've never read anything like The Most Dangerous Animal of All. Mesmerizing from the first page, the story includes a shattering surprise that will sear itself in your memory. Be prepared to read non-stop; this really is a book you won't be able to put down."--Jeff Guinn, author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson"Convincing....The author painstakingly pieces together over a decade's worth of personal research and verbatim interviews with family, friends and law enforcement, then goes further to scrutinize and compare handwriting samples, police sketches and photographs, all bearing uncanny resemblances to recorded documentation from the Zodiac files."--Kirkus-I promise that you've never read anything like The Most Dangerous Animal of All. Mesmerizing from the first page, the story includes a shattering surprise that will sear itself in your memory. Be prepared to read non-stop; this really is a book you won't be able to put down.---Jeff Guinn, author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson-Convincing....The author painstakingly pieces together over a decade's worth of personal research and verbatim interviews with family, friends and law enforcement, then goes further to scrutinize and compare handwriting samples, police sketches and photographs, all bearing uncanny resemblances to recorded documentation from the Zodiac files.---Kirkus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Father Zed on 20 July 2014

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YStPSZXZXq4I would urge prospective buyers to watch this short news item.

  • By David on 8 November 2014

    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.

  • By geoff grainger snr on 21 January 2015

    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."

  • By djb on 3 August 2015

    The book is structured into three parts. In the first part the author recounts the story of the elopement of Earl Van Best jr and his teenage bride who flee from San Francisco to New Orleans. The girl gives birth to a baby boy who is subsequently abandoned, discovered and ultimately adopted. The author is the abandoned child and he recounts the painful story of how he rediscovered his identity. Earl Van Best had had a difficult childhood too and no doubt his development suffered as a consequence. He had an interesting back history with circumstantial evidence of an interest in codes, ciphers, and the mikado, all of which offer possible matches to the profile of the notorious late 60s serial killer - the Zodiac.In the second part of the book the author follows the sequence of events that constitute the attacks and murders with his father inserted as the central character and perpetrator. He assigns possible motives yet at this stage the reader has to take all this supposition on trust. In the final part of the book the author addresses those few pieces of the jigsaw which supposedly identify his father as the real life serial killer. The evidence is circumstantial. He fits the description; his name is thought to be disclosed in the ciphers; there is a possible finger print match; there is a suggested hand writing match etc etc. But there seems to be so much missing. Speculative motives are suggested, supposedly based on rage at the teenage bride who ultimately rejected him. Despite the authors conviction, the pieces of the puzzle don't seem to quite fit together . No doubt Earl van Best was scarred by his upbringing and this affected his subsequent relationships but there is really nothing to suggest that he remained obsessed and raging at his former bride, especially since the period of the murders coincides with what appears to be a long lasting third marriage that produced at least two sons. There is little or no description of the known facts of the suspects domestic life at this crucial time. The Zodiac was a sadistic, attention seeking, killer who courted media attention. There is very little evidence that EVB was enraged and fixated upon rejection by one individual. There was no stalking; no history of violence; no violent criminal record; no delinquency; no evidence of sadism, mental illness or extreme inferiority issues; no voyeurism. The story seems to gloss over possible clues that don't quite fit. For example in a letter concerning the first known murder, the killer declares that the victim had repeatedly rejected him. There is little or nothing to tie EVB to the college location. The problem with the hand writing analysis is that the hand writing of the Unabomber has a far more immediately impressive correlation, and yet there is nothing to link the Unabomber to the crimes either. The chimeric appearance of names and initials in the ciphers is fascinating but seems possibly contrived.For example in the cipher which apparently reveals the name Earl Van Best Junior, the E is a circle with the top half shaded; the A in Earl is a triangle; the L is an I; the U in Junior is a V etc.However inadequate and however dishonest Earl Van Best was, was he really a vicious sadistic serial killer?

  • By VS London on 23 August 2014

    Great read, great story! Anyone interested in the zodiac should read this. Loads of good circumstantial evidence - certainly makes you think. I'm still undecided but shouldn't someone run the DNA? Would simply add to the information.

  • By tracy on 8 January 2016

    Gripping story of how the author found out his father was America's most notorious serial killer.

  • By Guest on 4 November 2015

    Bought as a present. Was loved! Great delivery. Thanks

  • By A. Webb on 8 July 2014

    I consider the Zodiac murders as solved after reading this excellent book.

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