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About the Author

Includes the name: Michelle McNamara

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Obras de Michelle McNamara


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
McNamara, Michelle
Nome de batismo
McNamara, Michelle Eileen
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Local de nascimento
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Local de falecimento
Los Angeles, California, USA
Causa da morte
accidental drug overdose and heart disease
Locais de residência
Los Angeles, California, USA
University of Notre Dame (BA|1992)
University of Minnesota (MFA|Creative writing)
Oswalt, Patton (husband)
Pequena biografia
Michelle Eileen McNamara (April 14, 1970 – April 21, 2016) was an American true crime author. She was the author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, a true crime book based on the Golden State Killer, and helped coin the name "Golden State Killer". The book was released posthumously in February 2018 and later adapted as the HBO documentary series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, debuting on the cable channel June 28, 2020.



This was an excellent read that fulfilled my true crime reading needs. Most importantly, this book went beyond just the facts of the case and gave insight into the lengthy and involved process that is required to solve these old cases, especially ones that occurred when law enforcement agencies did not necessarily cooperate with each other. This book also showed how easily an armchair detective can get caught up in the information available online. Although, I would not classify Michelle McNamara as an armchair detective. She definitely hit the streets. She worked through the case as an investigator would -- compiling information and reviewing it to see where the information leads. I do wish that she had lived long enough to finish writing this book because I wanted more of her voice and perspective. I do believe that those who finished this book after her death did their best to maintain her voice and objectives when finishing the book.

Full disclosure that I picked up this book because of the link to Patton Oswalt but this book had me hooked from the start as is evidenced by the fact that it took me a couple days to read it.
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GrammaPollyReads | outras 165 resenhas | Apr 25, 2024 |
Absolutely fascinating look at the exhaustive search for the Golden State Killer. It's a little exhausting to read at times, so I can only imagine how it must have been for McNamara. Reading it with the knowledge that he's been caught can be a little frustrating at times - you just want to scream the details at her. It's also very striking how gifted a writer McNamara is, once her colleagues pick up a chapter after her death (sorry guys). Overall, a great read if you can handle the creep factor. And the unbearable unfairness that she died not knowing who he was.… (mais)
gonzocc | outras 165 resenhas | Mar 31, 2024 |
This seemed like a thing I wanted to read, but I can't get into it, and that's probably for the better.

[Half-formed thoughts about white people with anxiety disorders and our domination of the True Crime Industrial Complex go here.]
caedocyon | outras 165 resenhas | Feb 23, 2024 |
Absolutely fantastic true crime read! You can feel all the hours spent slogging through thousands of leads for that diamond in the rough. McNamara's writing in the first handful of chapters creates a story focused around the suffering of the victims and their families. She takes care to protect privacy of the grieving families but still impart important details to the reader. Quite a delicate balance to hold.

After her passing, the novel was completed and built from interview transcripts and incomplete chapters. I appreciate that they did not attempt to copy her way of writing, instead focusing on breaking down the loads of facts that can take the search for the elusive killer in many different directions. The true capping point of the book was the letter to the Golden State Killer at the end written by McNamara. Her words are powerful and direct.

As a reader after the announcement of the capture of the alleged killer, it was unsettling to read about the methods she used realizing the exact same process is what eventually brought justice to lives of victims and their families. All and all a really good read.
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b00kdarling87 | outras 165 resenhas | Jan 7, 2024 |



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