Michelle McNamara (1970-2016) was the author of the website True Crime Diary. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She also worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC. She lived in Los Angeles and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.
"Remarkable.... A modern true crime classic."--Publishers
Weekly, starred review
"A singular, fascinating read. It's lifelike in its incompletion... a posthumous treasure that feels thrillingly alive. A-"--Entertainment Weekly
"Impressive."--Booklist, starred review
"Both a vivid and meticulous investigation of a twisted predator who terrorized quiet, upper middle-class communities in California for nearly a decade, and a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject."--New York Times
"Narrative true crime journalism at its very finest, a complex, multilayered, chilling portrait of a faceless monster, and a remarkable tribute to the woman who, up until her last day, believed she would one day have him in her crosshairs."--Village Voice
"That the book feels triumphant even after tragedy upon tragedy is a testament to McNamara's skill as a reporter."--Esquire, "The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read"
"Any true crime project is basically a reckoning with death, but in this case, it's a reckoning that is no longer theoretical. McNamara is gone. And what's especially sad about her absence is just how good she was."--The Portland Mercury
"The work has many notable qualities -- in particular, a penetrating and elegiac voice."--Seattle Times
"Chilling.... Hard to put down."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What makes McNamara's work so compelling is her empathy and sensitivity toward the people touched by these crimes.... I wish I could read the next 10 books she would have written."--Kate Tuttle, Los Angeles Times
"Breathtaking, ambitious, and exquisitely written."--New York
"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.... Scintillating."--USA Today
"Remarkable... The detective's nose for the crucial clue transmutes so easily into a novelist's eye for the concrete detail that conjures a memory or emotion. She applies the same gift to a handful of portraits of people affected by the killer's crimes.... These read like fragments from Raymond Carver stories, tales of ordinary lives fractured by incomprehensible violence. Had she lived, McNamara might have helped identify the man who committed that violence, but before she died, she did something nearly as miraculous: making them all live again in some small way."--Laura Miller, Slate