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*)

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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 
Most Evil – Avenger, Zodiac, and a Further Serial Murders of Dr. 
 George Hodel

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.”

 Gerald Petievich
Author of “To Live and Die In L.A.” and “The Sentinel”


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








  1. cfmceroz on September 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    So glad to have this MMPB. I read the HC from the library last year and been waiting for this ever since! I agree the MMPB looks nicer!

  2. John Stone on September 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Congratulations on the paperback publishing of Most Evil! I own the hardcover version but will definitely add the paperback edition to my collection for easier carrying-around when I go out.
    I’ve bought both Black Dahlia Avenger and Most Evil for numerous friends as gifts, and will definitely make sure that I purchase the paperback edition of M.E. for those I have yet to expose your investigation to.
    As always, take care.
    – Your friend and constant e-mail pest,
    John =)

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