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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Content warning for explicit descriptions of sexual violence and murder

“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.” – Goodreads

This book won the Goodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction (2018) and is one of the scariest books readers will pick up in their life. A heart-stopping blend of descriptive true crime, personal memoir, and extended discussion of law enforcement ethics, McNamara painstakingly traces the actions of the East Area Rapist (also known as the EAR). This violent criminal terrorized people in northern California for years before moving south and committing ten horrifying murders. Through her dogged research, McNamara rebranded this person as the “Golden State Killer,” and this book is about her attempt to help solve this string of cold cases with one singular perpetrator.

The explicit descriptions of sexual violence and murder means this is a book that is NOT for everyone; however, it provokes plenty of questions about human nature, the use of DNA in criminal justice, and the sacrifices that everyday people can make in the relentless pursuit of a goal.

Call # 364.15 M45987il

Review by Vicki

Posted by Pietrus Victoria at 7:41 pm