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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 for over a decade—and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.
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 is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The late crime journalist Michelle McNamara spent years on the trail of the so-called Golden State Killer. Her posthumously published investigation into his rampage feels even more compelling and poignant now that there’s a suspect for these long unsolved crimes behind bars. Gabra Zackman's cool, precise narration underscores McNamara's exacting research and chillingly captures the author's recollections of the neighborhood murder that sparked her lifelong fascination with cold crimes. Novelist Gillian Flynn pays gritty homage to McNamara's tenacity in her introduction, while McNamara's husband, actor Patton Oswalt, sheds more light on her zeal for overdue justice in his bittersweet afterword.
Loved it ❤️
Worth the read, but...
Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t finished. Unfortunately the author passed away before finishing the book, leaving it in draft form. Michelle’s writing is excellent, but she was not able to compose the chapters into a finished product, leaving the editors to do it and supplement the missing pieces with facts from her research. The end product was, for me, disjointed and difficult to follow. Since the perpetrator was caught after the release of this book, do yourself a favor and read the wiki article on him first. It’s not spoiling anything since they never reveal who it is and it will help to organize the excellent, in-depth, “on the ground” insights Michelle gives on the investigation and the people involved.