I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Book - 2018
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062319784
Characteristics: xvi, 328 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: I will be gone in the dark

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kobrien3 Mar 23, 2018

I chose this one because I loved Michelle McNamara's blog (True Crime Diary), and the ladies behind one of my favourite podcasts (My Favorite Murder) were raving about it. It is quite possibly the best true crime book I've ever read. The amount of time and energy Michelle spent on researching and chasing the Golden State Killer is truly staggering. The writing is beautifully done, and as she recounts the stories of the victims, survivors, and investigators who have worked on this case it often feels as though they are sitting across from you, telling you their stories themselves. Almost as much a memoir as a work of true crime, I enjoyed every moment of reading this. If you enjoy true crime this one is not to be missed!

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