I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (MP3 CD)
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Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl fame opens this book with a glowing introduction of the dogged Michelle McNamara’s relentless search for the Golden State Killer. Flynn is a fan of her investigative skills and her writing as I too, have come to appreciate. A couple things about this book set it apart and make it notable. The first is that she died before she finished it, the second is that the killer was finally caught just weeks after the release of this book! Not only that but he was caught exactly as McNamara thought he would be.
This book is of the true crime genre but with very notable skills in writing. McNamara pretty well inserted herself into the investigation, working with detectives for years. This killer/rapist was one of the most prolific in history and was almost caught many times but just kept slipping through. His crimes spread across CA all through the 70’s and 80’s and as recently as 2011 he called a former rape victim “Remember the night we played?” he said in the same raspy, horrible voice.
The book ends with a beautiful afterword by her husband actor/comedian Patton Oswalt. Most stunning is the Epilogue: Letter To An Old Man, McNamara pretty much spells out how the recent arrest took place! She called it, probably helped solve it! Just a shame she didn’t live to see it.
- Recommended by Kim B.— Kim B.
#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.