PATTON OSWALT reads from and discusses his late-wife MICHELLE McNAMARA'S true-crime book I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Harper)

Patton Oswalt will be joining us to read from and discuss his late-wife Michelle McNamara’s true-crime masterpiece I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

Named one of the most-anticipated books of 2018 by Entertainment WeeklyI'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer is the late Michelle McNamara’s debut book, a beautifully crafted, comprehensively reported account of the hunt for one of America’s most prolific violent criminals. Featuring an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, I'll Be Gone in the Dark – the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth.

In 2013, Michelle wrote a feature story for Los Angeles magazine, “In the Footsteps of a Killer,” about the evidence linking a serial rapist who once terrorized northern California to ten murders in the southern part of the state. Even after that article was published, she continued to talk with victims and law enforcement officials as well as conducting her own search for clues, hoping she could help identify the man she dubbed the Golden State Killer and bring him to justice more than four decades after his violent crime spree began. “It is not easy to gain the trust of so manyI'll Be Gone in the Dark detectives across so many jurisdictions,” one investigator says of Michelle’s work, “but she managed to do so and you knew it was by her reputation, her perseverance, and the fact that she cared about the case.”

Colleagues intimately familiar with her work have helped pull the remaining threads of her research together, but it’s Michelle’s voice that shines through, whether she’s recreating the original crimes from the testimony of victims and eyewitnesses, explaining how the police were able to use advances in DNA research to establish links between previously unconnected crimes, or giving readers occasional glimpses into how the relentless search for the truth shaped her own life. Destined to become a true crime classic, I'll Be Gone in the Dark confirms Michelle was poised to break out as one of the most original and affecting nonfiction writers of her generation and, now that the FBI has joined the investigation and launched a nationwide search for new leads, her work may help finally unmask the Golden State Killer.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we're expecting a large crowd at this event, we'll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized:

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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.

A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertains audiences. He tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States, Canada, and the UK. 

On TV, Oswalt had a starring role on Adult Swim’s “The Heart, She Holler,” was a series regular on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” recurred on the SyFy series “Caprica,” and has had many guest roles on “Veep,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Justified,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Portlandia,” “Bored to Death,” “Flight of the Conchords,” The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show,” and “Seinfeld,” among others. He is also very well known for playing ‘Spence’ on “The King of Queens” for nine seasons.  He was also a regular contributor to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil.”

Oswalt also has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles.

Both of his published books Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011) and Silver Screen Fiend (2015) are New York Times Best Sellers.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780062319784
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018