Zodiac: Settling the ScoreZodiac: Settling the Score by Kimberly McGath
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Zodiac was a serial killer in the United States who murdered young couples in the 1960’s and 70’s. Many articles and books have been written about the gruesome killings. The author, Kimberly McGath, is a former detective who had experience of working on cold case investigations. In this book, she claims to have unmasked the real identity of the killer. Is she right or her theory feasible?

There will be no spoilers from me in this review. I urge you to read it for yourself and make your own mind up whether she could be right or barking up the wrong tree. As a former detective and trial counsel, now turned author myself Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story, I am possibly better qualified than some to make a judgement.

First, a few thoughts about the writing. It is excellent! Ms. McGath has that invaluable knack of making you feel as if you are in the same room as her holding a private conversation.

Her use of everyday anecdotes, about family and her detective work, are quite brilliant and sometimes funny. Then she suddenly switches to the serious stuff of the Zodiac and his true identity. Ms. McGath repeats that formula throughout the book and by gosh, it works well.

There are many occasions during the serious stuff I thought ‘so what.’ Much of it was purely circumstantial evidence but then again many murderers are convicted on that basis in many jurisdictions. This is not a spoiler – what convinced me that she is correct in her theory is revealed at the very end of the book. It is not revealed by words. I know that is all cryptic stuff but I ask you to read every chapter then look at the appendices at the back of the book. All will be revealed!

McGath tells the reader how and why she set out on the task of revealing the true identity of the Zodiac. She calls it an epiphany. Whatever it was, I believe she has performed an outstanding service particularly to the families of the victims who require closure.

I have to tell you that I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. The author also made me aware that this work was somewhat written in a rushed fashion. She intends a rewrite soon. However, she must be lauded for her reason not to withdraw this current version as she feels it may still assist others in finally bringing the Zodiac killer to justice.

Despite the gravity of the subject matter, this book was a great read and well written. Five stars!

Oh, by the way Ms. McGath, it would have been a pleasure to serve as a detective alongside you.

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An interview with Kimberly McGath will be featured here on February 22, 2017 as part of Mystery Thriller Week 2017.

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