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

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By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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Incredible, fascinating tale of one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer. An armchair detective from an early age due to an unsolved murder in her neighborhood, Michelle skillfully traces the path of destruction wrought by the "East Area Rapist" with over 50 known attacks to his graduation to killer with 10 alleged victims. She doesn't focus just on the offender and his crimes but also on his victims, their families, friends and neighbors. She struggles with the toll her obsession is taking on her life and if it is worth it. I could just see her late at night, huddled over her laptop, insomnia driving her to chase down the smallest of leads in the hunt for the elusive criminal. One of the best true crime stories I've ever read! (Lisa)

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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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062319784
ISBN-10: 0062319787
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English