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Author: Michelle McNamara Narrator: Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt, Gabra Zackman Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9780062798695
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Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Nonfiction | Anthony Award Winner | SCIBA Book Award Winner | Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime | Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

 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, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 true-crime reporting at its best.”

    Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Utterly gripping.”


  • “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

  • “Zackman delivers a stellar performance. Her steady and calm narration helps to ramp up the suspense and passion.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Zackman perfectly balances the author’s passion with the terrifying nature of the crimes in this true-crime chiller. Her reading is so convincing that it feels as if the author herself is recounting her investigation.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “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…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
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice of 2018's Top Audiobooks
  • Finalist for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime Book
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2018
  • A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the year
  • A BookRiot Pick of Best True Crime Audiobooks
  • O Magazine Pick of Best True Crime Books

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Norton Lawson | 9/8/2018

    " She was soooo close! This book was so awesome. I downloaded it right around the time of his capture. Michelle captured every detail of this killer. Her obsession became my obsession. If you are into serial killers and true crime, you will love this book and won’t be able to stop listening. "

  • 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 Narrators

Gillian Flynn is the chief television critic at Entertainment Weekly. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two Dagger Awards. She lives in Chicago with her family.

Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and New York Times bestselling author. He has released television specials and critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy Award-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series and he has held recurring character roles on many television shows. He has appeared in more than twenty films and has worked as a voice actor in King of Queens, Cartoon Network’s Robotomy, and the Disney animated film Ratatouielle.

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, 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.