Green River Killer: A True Detective Story
by Jeff Jensen
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 28 Sep 2011 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2012
Dark Horse Comics, Dark Horse Books
Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets--an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.
Written by Jensen's own son, acclaimed entertainment writer Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Storypresents the ultimate insider's account of America's most prolific serial killer.
PRAISE FOR GREEN RIVER KILLER!
"Terrific. It's got thescariest opening sequence I've read in years, and the novel as a whole makescompelling stay-up-late reading. Great, creepy stuff."
-Stephen King, New York Times best-selling author of The Dark Tower and The Stand
"Disturbingly true andrefreshingly original, this is not at all what we have come to expect from thenow-tired story of the manhunt for a serial killer. It is the man, not thehunt, that elevates this book into the rarefied space reserved for things thatare genuinely new and unique. Green RiverKiller is both . . . and it also happens to demonstrate the perfectmarriage of elegantly understated writing to haunting imagery that stays withyou a long time after you put it down. My gut was wrenched and I loved everysecond of it."
-Damon Lindelof,cocreator of Lost
"An astounding graphicnovel-this is not just a riveting, relentless crime story, but a cracklingmorality tale pitting the dark glamour of evil against the day-to-day hard workdemanded in the upkeep of decency. It's a chilling, unnerving story, with sharpbursts of humor and a strong, true, humane heart. Absolutely fantastic."
-Gillian Flynn, New York Times best-selling author of Dark Places and Sharp Objects
"The restless world ofthe graphic novel continues to open new ground and seek out new summits and Green River Killer is a signpost on thatshifting landscape. Like some pensive pen-and-ink version of In Cold Blood or Zodiac, Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case deliver a story that iscompelling, textured, and informed with a journalistic authenticity. It alsoserves as dispatch from the nonfiction frontier of a medium that gets moreinteresting by the month."
-Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times and HeroComplex.com
"The story Jeff Jensenhas to tell about Tom Jensen's pursuit of the Green River Killer, with itsartful shifts back and forth in time, operates on two levels: as a spellbindingtrue-crime story and as a son's deep, loving appreciation of his father's life,work, and code of honor. I finished this book feeling as though I'd read arelentless thriller and a moving memoir: two gifts in one."
-Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
"Like only a graphicnovel could, Green River Killer balances a fascinating investigationof horrific murders with a proud son's moving celebration of his old man. JeffJensen's journalistic eye for detail and Jonathan Case's exquisitely pacedvisual storytelling combine to make a true-crime epic."
-Brian K. Vaughan, New York Times best-selling writer of Y:The Last Man
"One of the most chillingcrime comics I've ever read. With an insight and detail most of us can onlyimagine, Jensen's tale of his father's long hunt will stick with you like aknife in the back."-Ed Brubaker, Eisner Award-winningwriter of Criminal and Incognito