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Author: Joyce Carol Oates
After Quentin P, a convicted sex offender, is paroled, he embarks on a series of murders, in a chilling book that is told from Quentin's point of view as he kills and eludes the police.
ISBN-13: 9780452275003
ISBN-10: 0452275008
Publication Date: 9/1/1996
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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obsidianfire avatar reviewed Zombie on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Creepy look into the mind of a serial killer. The whole book is written from the killers point of view. The killer is a bit child like, but still very deadly. Very good read, just like anything Oats has written.
animlgrl avatar reviewed Zombie on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Very dark. Lots of similarities to Jefferey Dahmer. Written through the eyes of the serial killer who prays on men and boys. Interesting ending.
Yoni avatar reviewed Zombie on + 327 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A horrific story...a serial killer tells his story in first person. A lot of stream of consciousness, it is like being inside his mind. It is written so matter-of-fact without the gratuitous titilation you might expect from a book about a serial killer. I think that's what makes it so chilling. It is a short book that can be read in one sitting but will leave chills down your spine for days. Joyce Carol Oates strikes again...and yes, I liked it but then I like books that are just left of center...
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a nauseating look into the brain of a sadistic serial killer. It was one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever read and literally gave me nightmares. That said, it was a good book, but you need to have nerves of steel for this one!!
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murder101 avatar reviewed Zombie on
Crazy Creepy a little to real! This guy could be anybody and it scares the hell out of you.
Acknud avatar reviewed Zombie on + 82 more book reviews
First person perspective from the mind of a serial killer. Nothing really horrifying here but eerie nonetheless. His quest to make an obeying zombie through the use of a home performed pre-frontal lobotomy is weird but also reminiscent of Jeffrey Dahmer.
cemeterygates avatar reviewed Zombie on + 29 more book reviews
This was a real page-turner for me, a single afternoon read. It's written in a diary style from the point of view of a very believable childlike predator. I read a lot of true-crime and consider myself well-versed in criminal psychology, and I thought that the restraint practiced by the author in terms of only recording things from the sophomoric emotional state of a stunted and sad murderer. Remarkably well-executed.
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Well-conceived and written, if rather unpalatable subject matter.
JTG avatar reviewed Zombie on + 280 more book reviews
Joyce Carol Oates always delivers a great book. This one is from the viewpoint of a serial killer...and fascinating.