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Chase darkness with me : how one true-crime writer started solving murders
2019
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***With an exclusive behind-the-scenes conversation between Billy Jensen and retired detective Paul Holes on the Golden State Killer, their favorite cold cases, and more***

Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked? Put together the pieces? Identify the suspect?

Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common--they didn't have an ending. The killer was still out there.

But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer and author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara, Billy became fed up. Following a dark night, he came up with a plan. A plan to investigate past the point when the cops had given up. A plan to solve the murders himself.

You'll ride shotgun as Billy identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9/11. You'll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history: his friend Michelle McNamara's pursuit of the Golden State Killer and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown Four. And Billy gives you the tools--and the rules--to help solve murders yourself.

Gripping, complex, unforgettable, Chase Darkness with Meis an examination of the evil forces that walk among us, illustrating a novel way to catch those killers, and a true-crime narrative unlike any you've read before.

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True crime is having a moment, and Jensen has helped make that happen. After toiling away as a true-crime journalist for over 15 years, he tired of covering stories without resolutions and decided to try to solve crimes himself. His work put him in contact with Michelle McNamara, who was then researching an unknown serial killer-rapist she dubbed the Golden State Killer. They had plans to start a show about amateur investigators, but after McNamara's untimely death, Jensen helped finish her book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2018), and began solving crimes using what he dubs internet sleuthing. Here, he highlights many of his investigations, several where the killer was caught at least partially owing to his actions. While the many cases get a little jumbled, Jensen's passion and techniques come through clearly. This book will find an easy audience in true crime-readers, ""Murderinos"" (My Favorite Murder cohost Karen Kilgariff writes the foreword), and anyone fascinated with Michelle McNamara, as well as wannabe detectives, who will be rewarded with Jensen's guide to self-sleuthing.--Kathy Sexton Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Foreword    Karen Kilgariffp. ix
Prologuep. 3
1Bam! Fowl Screech! Zap!p. 9
2The Body in the Barrelp. 15
3The Murder in the Shadowsp. 25
4Have You Seen This Man?p. 41
5A Partner in Crimesolvingp. 55
6The Absolute Worst Humanity Has to Offerp. 71
7The Wrong Side of Brokenp. 79
8The Man in the Green Hoodiep. 85
9The Villain with a Thousand Facesp. 113
10Losing Jade and Finding Mariahp. 143
11The Halloween Mask Murderp. 165
12The Devil in Plain Darknessp. 187
13The Girl with the Serpent Tattoop. 205
14The Cantina Scenep. 223
15The Monster at the End of This Bookp. 241
Epiloguep. 265
Addendum So You Want to Help Solve a Murder?p. 269
In Conversation with Billy Jensen and Paul Holesp. 301
Reading Group Guidep. 311
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
About the Authorp. 319
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