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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Paperback – Illustrated, 26 February 2019
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- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062319795
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062319791
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Illustrated Edition (26 February 2019)
- Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.19 x 20.32 cm
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"What readers need to know--what makes this book so special--is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara's is the light half. It's a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book." --Stephen King
"A powerful portrait of the scale of the Golden State Killer's crimes, of the mechanics of criminal investigations, of the strange particular dread and paranoia in the California in the 1970s, and of McNamara's own obsession with violent men, and this one violent man."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Remarkable... The detective's nose for the crucial clue transmutes so easily into a novelist's eye for the concrete detail that conjures a memory or emotion. She applies the same gift to a handful of portraits of people affected by the killer's crimes.... These read like fragments from Raymond Carver stories, tales of ordinary lives fractured by incomprehensible violence. Had she lived, McNamara might have helped identify the man who committed that violence, but before she died, she did something nearly as miraculous: making them all live again in some small way."--Laura Miller, Slate
"A singular, fascinating read. It's lifelike in its incompletion... a posthumous treasure that feels thrillingly alive. A-"--Entertainment Weekly
"Any true crime project is basically a reckoning with death, but in this case, it's a reckoning that is no longer theoretical. McNamara is gone. And what's especially sad about her absence is just how good she was."--The Portland Mercury
"Both a vivid and meticulous investigation of a twisted predator who terrorized quiet, upper middle-class communities in California for nearly a decade, and a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject."--New York Times
"Breathtaking, ambitious, and exquisitely written."--New York
"Chilling.... Hard to put down."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Impressive."--Booklist, starred review
From the Back Cover
You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark.
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, now updated to include a revised afterword and coverage of the Golden State Killer's arrest--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 has been hailed as a modern true-crime classic--one that fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.
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Hard work from so many.... well worth reading.
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McNamara's writing is compelling, and vividly captures the horrific nature of the crimes without ever seeming lurid or sensationalising the detail. Throughout, McNamara balances the chilling events with the real human impact of the crimes upon victims, loved ones, and investigators. It is this concern for people (and particularly the victims) which elevates I'll Be Gone in the Dark above other true crime writing.
I highly recommend this book.
I read in todays press (UK) the 26 April 2018 - and on the American websites that a man has just been arrested and charged with four of the murders. He was an ex police officer. I only finished reading this very worthwhile book a few weeks ago. Michelle McNamara deserves a lot of credit for keeping the case 'alive' and communicating with the different law agencies. I hope this fact does not get forgotten and her family should be very proud of her. In her book she writes a letter to a future time when the GSK would get caught and face justice. At the end of this man's trial this letter would make a fitting 'collective' victims statement and should be read aloud to him in open court. Well done Michelle McNamara and well done to all officers and scientists and technicians who have managed to corner their prey.
A very well researched book. Reads a more like a novel than a simple recount of criminal activity. The author did a good job and it is a great shame
she passed away before seeing the book in print - or even better seeing the EAR/ONS (read the book) brought to justice. It is not a spoiler to report that he/she is still at large. If this person ever gets arrested and charged Michelle McNamara should be recognised as the person who kept the 'heat' on this evil low life.
Michelle’s relationships and conversations with the investigators of these crimes demonstrates her professionalism in the field. Even though the book had to be completed from notes and research left behind by Michelle, the book tells the most coherent story of the Golden State Killer you’ll ever read. By the end you’re hoping this guy eventually gets caught, for victims’ sake as well as for all of those who have worked on this case.
Firstly it's mentioned so many time that she coined GSK moniker, but through the book he is beng referred to as EAR or EAR-ONS. So it raises a question as of at what point did she come up with the name and how?!
I also think in all the extra bits in the end they could've at least given us some details to tell if they were anywhere close with clues, geo profiling etc. I understand they won't insert it into main body of the book, but rather than going through it yourself and Googling, it would be nice to have kind of a closing statement.
Did this book help to catch him? In my opinion - no.
The book is terrifying, as the Golden State Killer's crimes are some of the worst I have ever heard of, but it can also be quite sad and poignant. When Michelle discusses the victims and survivors, you can tell that she really cares about them and would give anything for them to get the justice they deserve. Then, when Michelle's writing ends abruptly due to her untimley death, I was overwhelmed with disappointment that she didn't live to hear the cell doors slam closed behind Joseph James DeAngelo, as her husband Patton describes in his afterword. It really is a pity that she didn't get to see the man that she had chased after for years finally get his comeuppance, although I am sure her work on the case contributed greatly to his identification and capture. Not to ignore the fantastic Paul Holes and the other investigators who worked on the case.
The epilogue entitled "Letter to an Old Man" is wonderful, and leaves quite the impression, especially since I was readng this after Jospeh James Deangelo had been caught.
A riveting, if dark, read.