I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

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HarperCollins, Feb 26, 2019 - True Crime - 368 pages

THE BASIS FOR THE MAJOR 6-PART HBO® DOCUMENTARY SERIES

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Nonfiction | Anthony Award Winner | SCIBA Book Award Winner | Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime | Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt

“A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.”   —Stephen King

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

 

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Amazing, in-depth, chilling and relatable, all at once. In Cold Blood remains a masterpiece of fictionalized nonfiction. This book remains fully nonfiction and proves itself equally worthy of attention and accolades. Read full review

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I haven't felt like reading something like this in a long time. But I had heard that the case was solved recently and it seemed like it would be fun to read an unsolved mystery book knowing that after ... Read full review

Contents

Cover
Irvine 1981
Hollywood 2009
Sacramento 19761977
Visalia
Orange County 1996
Ventura 1980
Orange County 2000
The CuffLinks Coda
Contra Costa 2013
Fred
Los Angeles 2014
Sacramento 1978
Part Three by Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen
The Book that Helped Unmask The KillerThe Arrest of Joseph
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Sacramento 2012

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Michelle McNamara (1970–2016) was the author of the website True Crime Diary. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She also worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC. She lived in Los Angeles and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.

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