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

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe 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.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe 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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  • 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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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Gabra Zackman delivers this terrifying account of a little-known serial rapist and murderer in the mid-1970s and '80s, dubbed the "Golden State Killer." Her calm, objective voice makes the minute details of GSK's 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders in California chilling. Michelle McNamara, the True Crime journalist and creator of TrueCrimeDiary.com who died suddenly while writing this book, became obsessed with finding the killer of these unsolved cold cases. She investigated every clue in order to unmask the killer who always wore a mask while attacking victims as they slept in their own homes. McNamara's research makes for intriguing listening, thanks to Zackman's restrained, intelligent presentation of the grim details. S.J.H. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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