Review: Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

The story of one of America’s most notorious killers is revealed in this true-crime comic unlike any other!

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.

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This is not an easy going read. Dark, emotional and sinister, I would recommend you are suitably prepared!

I had heard of The Green River Killer, from true life detective TV shows, but nothing you give you would the emotional connection with the detectives as you would read in this story.

Released in hard cover from the end of August, this title is now slated for a digital release in October.

The story of the Green River Killer is probably well known to most serial killer buffs and the story makes interesting reading even if you read it on Wikipedia.

This is the story from the point of view of Tom Jenson – the lead detective who was involved in the hunt and trial of the killer. This is an emotional story, showing and telling you the thoughts and feelings of those involved. This isn’t a procedural story.

There are some excellent pacing parts in this story, with flashbacks and flash forwards which add to and don’t detract from the rhythm of the story.

These are interspersed with family occasions and family grief of those involved with the results of the serial killer.

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The black and white art adds to the biographical feel of the title with some excellent scenes showing a range of emotions in this – frustration, relief and sadness. I sometimes find black and white titles to be hard to read (I can be lazy!) but this art adds to the effect given in the writing and makes it a real page turner.

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It was only when I got the end of the title that I realized that this was written by the Detective’s son, and that hit me on a whole new level, especially at the end!

This is how crime comics should be, giving a real insight to the others involved – I would recommend any detective fan to read this title.

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