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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn

On Sale: 02/27/2018

Price: $27.99

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn

On Sale: 02/27/2018


Price: $27.99

About the Book

#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.

Critical Praise

“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

“This is a one sit-down read. That’s how riveting it is. Very few writers have the skill to bring a decades-old cold case to life; in these pages, Michelle McNamara has not only successfully resuscitated the fascinating case of the Golden State Killer, but done so with humanity, insight, and grace.” - Michael Connelly

“A singular, fascinating read. It’s lifelike in its incompletion... a posthumous treasure that feels thrillingly alive. A-” - Entertainment Weekly

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

“Unputdownable.... Powerful.” - Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

“This book just knocked me over.” - Megan Abbott

“Utterly gripping.” - People

“Breathtaking, ambitious, and exquisitely written.” - New York

“Narrative true crime journalism at its very finest, a complex, multilayered, chilling portrait of a faceless monster, and a remarkable tribute to the woman who, up until her last day, believed she would one day have him in her crosshairs.”   - Village Voice

“That the book feels triumphant even after tragedy upon tragedy is a testament to McNamara’s skill as a reporter.” - Esquire, “The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read”

“Michelle McNamara was an obsessive. She was also a damn good writer. That combustive mix has produced I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a dark page-turner.... Scintillating.” - USA Today

“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

“Remarkable.... A modern true crime classic.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The work has many notable qualities — in particular, a penetrating and elegiac voice.” - Seattle Times

“Impressive.” - Booklist, starred review

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062319784
  • ISBN 10: 0062319787
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 02/27/2018
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.164 in (d)
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: $27.99
  • BISAC1: TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers