Green River Killer: A True Detective Story. By Jeff Jensen; Illustrated by Jonathan Case; Lettering by Nake Piekos. (Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2011. 233 pp. Illustrations, map.)
Recommendation by PNW & Special Collections
This graphic novel provides an often neglected perspective to the Green River Killer investigation by recounting the ordeal that his father, King County Detective Tom Jensen, endured since 1984, when he was assigned to the investigation, through to the 188 days spent interviewing Gary Ridgeway until his November 3, 2003 conviction.
The story is a procedural that balances the horrifying subject matter with a humane tribute to the dedication of law enforcement professionals and the toll such dark work can exact upon their health, their psyches, and their families. Jensen and Case’s treatment does not reduce characters, but shows their complexity, compelling each side of the story beautifully. Johnathan Case’s illustrations are carefully wrought to match the story’s delicate balance, making for a moving and disturbing read. A unique recommendation for fans of true crime and graphic novels.
Available in the Pacific Northwest Collection at NW 364.1523 JENSEN 2011