[Editor: This book review is the first article from a new contributor, caresut]
Author: John Robert Jordan
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 2012)
Availability: Paperback and Ebook format at Amazon.com
I was apprehensive when first seeing a new Zodiac killer book that is almost 600 pages long. Purchasing the book was inevitable, I’ve never came across a Zodiac killer book and been able to pass it up. When the book arrived, I was unsure if I had it in me to read every page. Could there be anything new or interesting in it? Well, I finished it in less than a week.
My favorite chapters involve the author attempting answer the often discussed question: was the Zodiac a bad speller? Mr. Jordan goes into great detail on this subject and offers some interesting comparisons between the known Zodiac letters and the alleged Zodiac letters.
I did not particularly care for the chapters involving the occult and the equinox/solstice theories. These topics have never been of great interest to me. Of course, other readers may have a different opinion.
Each confirmed Zodiac murder and also the possible Zodiac murders and abductions are discussed in this book. The author does a good job of describing these events. Although, I did not agree with many of the author’s theories, I still enjoyed the way he laid them out for the reader to decide.
The book itself is well organized. Each chapter has footnotes. There are 17 chapters and a conclusion where the author describes his profile of the Zodiac killer.
Three appendices offer a Zodiac timeline, a killing claim timeline, and the coroner reports on David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen.
The author does not have a suspect, which is rare for Zodiac killer authors nowadays. He tends to sometimes disparage researchers and detectives, both past and present. This did not bother me, but might offend others. The errors I noticed were minor and mostly typos. All in all, I wish the author would have limited this book to the analysis of the grammatical errors and a discussion of the murders. Nonetheless, I would recommend Hunter Among the Stars to anyone with a good knowledge of the Zodiac killer mystery.