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Publisher's Summary

Introduction by Gillian Flynn
Afterword by Patton Oswalt 
A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. 
"You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark."
For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 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. 
At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of 18 and 30, Caucasian, and athletic - capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim - he favored suburban couples - he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening. 
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. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Michelle's husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle's lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic - and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer. 
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2018 Tell Me Productions (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Gabra Zackman delivers this terrifying account... Her calm, objective voice makes the minute details of GSK's 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders in California chilling.... McNamara's research makes for intriguing listening, thanks to Zackman's restrained, intelligent presentation of the grim details." (AudioFile)
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A dogged digital sleuth, McNamara was consumed by the Golden State Killer—a name she coined herself.
“I need to see his face. He loses his power when we know his face.”
The killer, also known as the “EAR,” was thought to have a military and/or police background.
McNamara suspected DNA was the key to the case—particularly ancestral DNA stored in genealogy databases.
McNamara’s husband predicted her work would hook readers—and hoped it would lead to an arrest.
“This is how it ends for you.” McNamara’s afterword was addressed directly to the Golden State Killer.

Listening to:

  • Chapter 2
  • A dogged digital sleuth, McNamara was consumed by the Golden State Killer—a name she coined herself.
  • Chapter 6
  • “I need to see his face. He loses his power when we know his face.”
  • Chapter 7
  • The killer, also known as the “EAR,” was thought to have a military and/or police background.
  • Chapter 27
  • McNamara suspected DNA was the key to the case—particularly ancestral DNA stored in genealogy databases.
  • Chapter 28
  • McNamara’s husband predicted her work would hook readers—and hoped it would lead to an arrest.
  • Chapter 29
  • “This is how it ends for you.” McNamara’s afterword was addressed directly to the Golden State Killer.

Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

Loved it! It was like listening to a police documentary with a soap opera story in the undertones. It is definitely a "foreground" book--I made the mistake of trying to do some work and cooking while listening... wound up with a pot of burnt noodles, a flashing cursor burnt into my retinas and three chapters in need of a complete rewind!
This is definitely a "coffee and cold rainy window" type listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenna on 03-14-18

If only...

If only Michelle had lived to see this book published. If only she had known how successful this book would go on to be. It’s beautifully written and beautifully researched. She gives details and makes her journey personal to the reader. She kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, but with every word I read my heart broke, not just for the victims and their families, but because Michelle had no idea the impact this book would have.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-17-18

great ready for any true crime fan.

great read for any true crime fan. 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁

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5 out of 5 stars
By David W. on 03-18-18

a riveting hopeful read.

This is a read which despite the brutal subject matter manages to leave the reader filled with hope that the subject of the book will spend his final days in a cage.

MacNamera neither glorifies the Killer nor his actions and demistifys his actions and how it was more chance and circumstance that allowed him to evade capture.

By the end of the book the reader seems almost certain that he will be found in the very near future.

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