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Read the opening chapter of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer – the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorised California for over a decade – from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.


Michelle McNamara’s dedication to pursuing the case along with her writing style, has received an enormous amount of praise including from Stephen King who called it ‘a brilliant genre-buster. It’s propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading’ and from Gillian Flynn who wrote the introduction to the book saying ‘I’ve always thought the least appreciated aspect of a great true-crime writer is humanity. Michelle McNamara had an uncanny ability to get into the minds of not just the killers but the cops who hunted them, the victims they destroyed, and the trail of grieving left behind.’

Read the opening prologue by Michelle McNamara on how she found herself hunting a serial killer at night from her daughter’s playroom followed by the opening chapter.

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