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Author: Michelle McNamara Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9780062798695
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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 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, 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 eighteen and thirty, 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.

This book, framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Michelle McNamara’s husband, Patton Oswalt, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A beautiful work of reporting…I was hooked from the beginning.”

    Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a one-sit-down read…This is true-crime reporting at its best.”

    Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Utterly gripping.”


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

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “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.”

    USA Today

  • “In this explosive book, McNamara combines her prodigious research with her impressive storytelling skills and ability to seamlessly weave the narratives of all those lives into one terrifying story…This cold case, packed with countless cases and near misses, would have been captivating based on nothing but the dry facts. However, in McNamara’s skilled hands, this enthralling book becomes so much more: a detective story with an unlikely narrator, a study in changing forensic techniques, a multidecade saga that never loses urgency, and a potent analysis of human behavior in victims, witnesses, investigators, and onlookers.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A #1 bestseller
  • A Newsweek Pick of Best Nonfiction for Summer Reading
  • A #1 New York Times audio bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 13 Thrillers to Keep You Up at Night

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 chellygirl | 7/3/2018

    " God Bless Michelle and her devoted husband Patton. This is a story that had to be told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wonderful book! | 5/17/2018

    " Oh, how I wish she were here to see him captured!! She was so close!! I felt like the book was more about her obsession and how it affected her personal life, which I admire. Just having a tiny window into her world was fabulous. Just like me, I too I have weird fascination with serial killers and I’ve felt the same emotions. I will most likely listen to this book at least one more time. "

About the Author

Michelle McNamara (1970–2016) was the author of the website She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount.

About the Narrator

Gabra Zackman is an actress and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.