Friday, April 27, 2018

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, 328 pages

For years, investigative reporter Michelle McNamara obsessively researched the crimes of the Golden State Killer, a man who raped and murdered gobs of people between 1976 and 1986 throughout California. She hoped that by reexamining the details of the crime scenes, the victims, the evidence, the massive pool of potential suspects, she might be able to help the cold-case detectives finally track down the elusive criminal. Unfortunately, she died in her sleep in 2016 at the age of 46 with the Golden State Killer still on the loose (it wasn't until earlier this week that investigators arrested a suspect). I'll Be Gone in the Dark is the story of McNamara's investigations, and her obsession, masterfully mixed with the stories of the crimes themselves. It's a fascinating and somewhat bittersweet story, particularly if you know ahead of time that she never got to see the fruits of all of that labor. Bonus points for the audiobook, which features wonderful narration by Gabra Zackman.

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