Oswalt will be going on tour for Michelle McNamara's true crime book 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark'

By David Canfield
February 27, 2018 at 10:11 AM EST
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Patton Oswalt has been enthusiastically promoting his late wife Michelle McNamara’s posthumous true crime book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, over the past month. On Tuesday, publication day finally came — and Oswalt commemorated the occasion by sharing a beautiful message on Twitter.

“You did it, baby,” he wrote. “The book is excellent, the writing brilliant. You tried to bring kindness to chaos, which was your way.” In the tweet, Oswalt attached a photo of a copy of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark resting atop McNamara’s resting place.

McNamara had been working formally on I’ll Be Gone in the Dark from 2013 through to her death in April 2016, though the research process started long earlier. The book is an alternately intimate and thrilling account of McNamara’s search for the Golden State Killer, an unidentified man believed to have committed at least 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders from 1976 to 1986. McNamara was unable to complete the book before she passed, leaving Oswalt (who writes the afterword) and other contributors to compile the volume. (The finished product is one of the best 2018 reads so far.)

“She was a very logical person with a lot of compassion,” Oswalt told EW of McNamara’s rigorous research and writing process for this book. “When she saw someone act with such cruelty, the logic part of her brain would kick in and go, ‘Well, that kind of cruelty should be met with justice, and there should be someone to answer for the victims.’ To have all of those threads and have it be open and unresolved for so long really ate away at her sense of order. She took on the pain of the survivors and of [those] that lost family members because of this guy. That’s what drove her.”

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is available for purchase here.

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