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Green River Killer: A True Detective Story Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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That said, I truly enjoyed this book. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I am going to give the entire genre another try.
The story begins with a brief flashback to give us a sense of the depravity of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway. Moving quickly, the story then jumps to the early life of Detective Tom Jensen, demonstrating his sense of duty to keep lawbreakers off the streets, as well as his deep commitment to family.
Weaving across the decades, the story follows Jensen as his team first identifies a possible serial killer is on the loose, through mounds of evidence and false leads, finally resting suspicion on Ridgway. At that point, the real story is just getting started. Once identified as the only really viable suspect, they must then gather enough evidence and/or a confession to put Ridgway away for life. Sprinkled with vignettes from Jensen's personal life, we are reminded that he is an ordinary man who has been tasked with an extraordinary burden.
We are reminded of the passing years through the subtle aging of the characters in the graphics (wonderfully rendered by Jonathan Case) and the introduction of new technology, new babies and the loss of old friends.
I enjoyed that the graphics do not seem to fight the story for your attention. They work hand in hand together to tell a creepy and compelling tale.
My verdict: Read it! Even if you are not a fan of graphic novels, this one is worth a second look- especially for True Crime aficionados. However, I don't recommend reading it right before bed in a strange place.
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The writer is the son of one of the detectives and the story is more about his father than the killer, but the way he uses the subject matter to tell a great story while also expressing his respect and love for his father is exceptional.
I just really enjoyed this book.
My recommendation for this book/graphic novel comes from the ability of Jeff to tell the story in a way that illustrates the common denominator between altruists and psychopaths: empathy. Aside from "The Walking Dead" series, I have never read a story where the hero shows no greater empathy and the villain shows complete lack of empathy.
In "Green River Killer", Jeff recounts the past thirty years where his father was the primary detective on the Green River case. Although there are numerous flashbacks, the story primarily takes place in 2003 when Jeff's father has to travel around with the recently captured Green River Killer - Gary Ridgway - to isolate locations where he left or dumped bodies and murdered some of his victims.
Overall it is written and illustrated very well where I highly recommend to anyone interested in crime or mystery.
The detective tasked with bringing the killer to justice is the author's father, Tom Jensen (who looks like Commissioner Gordon), who sees the case through to its remarkable conclusion in 2003 when Ridgway was finally apprehended thanks to DNA evidence taken in 1987, and in order to bargain his fate from death to life imprisonment, he was moved into a bunker to live separate from other prisoners, with police around him at all times, to provide information on more women who were missing and whether he killed them and where he buried them.
The book is a fascinating and grim look at this sad, disturbed psychopath and the terror he wrought upon scores of victims. Despite Ridgway's confessions, many of the missing women he claimed to have killed were never found and remain unknown to day. Ridgway himself is still alive serving 48 life sentences for his crimes.
Jeff Jensen does a fine job of telling this complicated case through the life of his father, for whom this book is written for. The story shifts from the present to the past effortlessly weaving in moments from decades ago and showing their relevance in the case as it was being built. The book is well written and the details morbidly fascinating, as is the case with all true crime. Ridgway himself remains something of an enigma, as his motivations are either unclear to himself or he is hiding them from others. The best he can offer is "I just had to kill".
Jonathan Case's black and white inks compliment the story well and the book is easier and enjoyable to read through his treatment of Jensen's script.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very surprised to see a graphic novel when I open it, because I was not expecting it to be as such, but the drawings actually depicted a more vivid story than words would... Read morePublished 5 days ago by ramon pacheco
This is a true story & matches evidence that was presented by a documentaryPublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Can't read the font size at all. It's not at all what I thought - it's like a morbid comic book.Published 6 months ago by Ayn Noel Topaz
REVIEW: GREEN RIVER KILLER by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
The son of Detective Tom Jensen (instrumental in the Green River Killer investigation), Jeff Jensen, and a... Read more
I did not expect a cartoon depiction of such a serious true crime story. more detail would have helped to better understand the man behind the madness. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Larry Forsyth
I bought the Kindle version of the book, no realizing it was all graphics. The Kindle screen is too small to make it possible to read and enjoy the book.Published 8 months ago by Linda Holliday
This book was a pretty good read. It’s an account of the Seattle PD’s search for the serial killer known as the Green River Killer, mostly seen through the eyes of Tom Jensen, one... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was very disappointed that the corners of the front cover page were damaged.Published 11 months ago by Lynne ForsterLee