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I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer
2018
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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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*Starred Review* McNamara's posthumously published book tells both the nightmarish story of the Golden State Killer (GSK) and the neighborhoods he terrorized and her own story of true-crime addiction. Growing up in Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, McNamara became obsessed with unsolved murders after a young woman was murdered in an alley blocks away from her home, and the killer was never found. McNamara's holy grail of killer obsessions came in the form of a serial rapist and murderer responsible for more than 50 sexual assaults and at least 10 murders in California during the 1970s and 1980s. She obtained hundreds of pages of official documents, interviewed those who worked the GSK case then and those who still work it now, and formed her own theories. After she died suddenly in 2016, the book was finished by piecing together her articles, notes, and taped interviews. Though this makes for occasionally disjointed reading, it's a small distraction from McNamara's impressive gifts for language and storytelling. Her work paints a picture of not just a killer but of the towns and lives, including hers, that were irrevocably altered by the horror he inflicted. Gillian Flynn and the author's widower, Patton Oswalt, contribute an introduction and afterword, respectively.--Sexton, Kathy Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Time Line Mapp. ix
Cast of Charactersp. xi
Introduction    Gillian Flynnp. xiii
Prologuep. 1
Part 1
Irvine, 1981p. 9
Dana Point, 1980p. 21
Hollywood, 2009p. 27
Oak Parkp. 31
Sacramento, 1976-1977p. 51
Visaliap. 85
Orange County, 1996p. 99
Irvine, 1986p. 107
Ventura, 1980p. 117
Goleta, 1979p. 123
Goleta, 1981p. 129
Orange County, 2000p. 147
Contra Costa, 1997p. 155
Part 2
Sacramento, 2012p. 169
East Sacramento, 2012p. 177
The Cuff-Links Codap. 187
Los Angeles, 2012p. 191
Contra Costa, 2013p. 197
Concordp. 197
San Ramonp. 209
Danvillep. 218
Walnut Creekp. 234
Davisp. 241
Fred Rayp. 255
The Onep. 261
Los Angeles, 2014p. 273
Sacramento, 2014p. 277
Sacramento, 1978p. 281
Part 3By Paul Haynes and Billy Jensenp. 283
Afterword    Patton Oswaltp. 317
Epilogue: Letter to an Old Manp. 323
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