September 7, 2010
Dutton-Penguin Group imprint, BERKLEY BOOKS has today published the paper-back edition of MOST EVIL: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel. Hard to believe its been a year since the original publication, but THERE IT IS!
I have to admit to a personal preference for Berkley’s new choice of cadmium orange over Dutton’s original hardback pick of canary “Yellowbook” yellow. (But, what do I know? I’m sure none of my father’s “marketing genius” genes were passed on to the son. *s*)
While a few minor corrections have been made from hardcover to this paperback edition, no major changes have occurred. One exception is my revision, update and clarification of the post publication information related to the second suspected “law enforcement composite.” That information was provided in detail on my blogsite in October, 2009 and has been included in the appropriate chapter and as an AUTHOR’S NOTE at the end of this edition. See below:
Here are a couple of book reviews on MOST EVIL:
From bestselling author and L.A. crime novelist Gerald Petievich: (To Live And Die In L.A.; The Sentinel)
“No serial killer novel ever written can rival Steve Hodel’s nonfiction
book, Most Evil – Avenger, Zodiac, and a Further Serial Murders of Dr.
Yes the author is related to this serial killer. Steve is a retired
Los Angeles police department homicide detective who has investigated
both the Black Dahlia murder and the Zodiac murders committed in San
Francisco and has solved the cases: the murders — all of them — were
committed by his father.
If I hadn’t have read the book, I would not have believed that this was possible. I would have said that a serial killer being so diabolical that he had been able to commit murders for decades without being caught was impossible and that the most prolific serial killer of all time being the father of a well-respected big-city homicide detective was preposterous.
Now that I have read the book, and Mr. Hodel’s earlier nonfiction piece “Black
Dahlia Avenger” which also concerns his father, I now believe it is possible.
The painstaking, compelling and heart rendering saga of Hodel investigating his own father for unspeakable crimes is the most compelling non-fiction crime book I’ve ever read.
Not reading this book is to miss out on a true one-of-a-kind work that we will
never see again. Filled with controversy and questions from the first page to the last this work stands alone as an extraordinary non- fiction piece. Just the detailed revisiting of the Zodiac murders is worth the price of the book.”
And, this from LAPD Sgt. Glynn Martin, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society:
“Steve’s first book, The Black Dahlia Avenger, became a bestselling title. His conclusion that Elizabeth Short was murdered by his own father was supported by a significant amount of compelling evidence, and although the murder is technically unsolved it is hard to argue with Steve’s solution. Many of the details of this killing are intertwined in Steve’s second book.” [MOST EVIL: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel]
Sgt. Glynn Martin (ret. LAPD)
Executive Director, Los Angeles Police Historical Society