Unmasked : My Life Solving America's Cold Cases
by Holes, Paul; Fisher, Robin Gaby (CON)







Prologue1(5)
1 The End of the Road
6(8)
2 Last Act
14(11)
3 Beginnings
25(9)
4 Lab Rat
34(6)
5 Moving Up
40(4)
6 EAR
44(7)
7 CSI
51(6)
8 Abernathy
57(16)
9 Connecting the Dots
73(14)
10 The End of a Marriage
87(9)
11 Antioch
96(6)
12 Conaty and Giacomelli
102(12)
13 Bodfish
114(14)
14 Serial Killers
128(20)
15 EAR Breakthrough
148(8)
16 Postmortem
156(9)
17 Changes
165(9)
18 Small Victories
174(6)
19 Hurricane Holes
180(8)
20 EAR Revisited
188(9)
21 Him
197(9)
22 Roller Coaster
206(12)
23 Michelle
218(18)
24 The Murders
236(5)
25 Joseph James DeAngelo
241(14)
26 Operation Golden State Killer
255(5)
27 Is It Him?
260(3)
28 A Sense of Purpose
263(8)
Acknowledgments271


An icon in the true crime world, the cold case investigator who finally caught the Golden State Killer provides an insider account of some the most notorious cases in contemporary American history and opens up to the most intimate scenes of his life. 200,000 first printing.





In 2018, Paul Holes retired as a cold case investigator after spending more than twenty-seven years working in Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul specialized in cold case and serial predator crimes, lending his expertise to notable cases, including the murder of Laci Peterson and the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard. Most prominently, Paul's career culminated with his identification of the Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, the most notorious and cunning serial predator in U.S. history.

Since the arrest of DeAngelo, Holes has been very involved on the media side, continuing to assist law enforcement and victims' families with their unsolved cases through the television shows The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes and America's Most Wanted and the podcast Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad.





True-crime superstar Holes takes readers on a gripping journey into the mind of a cold-case detective. Best known for unmasking the Golden State Killer, Holes provides a realistic look at the painstaking process of solving the unsolvable and the emotional toll it takes on everyone involved, from the victims and their families to the detectives themselves. Holes' passion for his profession leaps from each page, but that passion and unfettered focus on the job adversely affected his personal life. He does not shy away from exposing the unglamorous side of detective work: frequent late nights and distractions are not the recipe for a perfect husband or father. Holes also bestows readers with an inside glimpse at famous cases like the murder of Laci Peterson and the kidnapping of Jaycee Duggard while elucidating lesser-known investigations like the mysterious murder of wealthy recluse Emmon Bodfish. Holes presents a thoughtful yet fast-paced and absorbing amalgamation of personal memoir and true-crime novel. Crime junkies and nonfiction fans will be eager to get their hands on this book. HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: Podcaster and true-crime superstar Holes has a large audience who will clamor for this book. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.





Occasionally overwrought but absorbing tale of criminal investigation long after the crime has been committed. A forensic specialist in California, Holes spent a long career studying cold-case crimes. When he started, four cities in the Bay Area were on the FBI's list of 100 most dangerous places in the country. Many crimes went unnoticed by the general public, but then there were the cases such as Laci Peterson and her unborn son, washed up on a beach in Contra Costa County after her husband murdered her. "What kind of monster kills his eight-and-a-half-months pregnant wife and goes about his life knowing she and his unborn son are anchored to the cold ocean floor with concrete blocks?" asks the author, who chronicles the stories of many monsters, including the criminal first known as the East Area Rapist, later as the Golden State Killer. The author's account of his chase for the GSK-much done surreptitiously since his boss ordered him to stop looking at cold cases-takes up much of this narrative. Interestingly, he writes, one helpful tool, besides DNA and other forms of biochemical and evidential analysis, is simply the use of genealogy websites to find relatives to help pinpoint the whereabouts of perpetrators (as well as collect corroborative DNA). Holes writes of panic attacks and PTSD, of marriages threatened and undone by his obsession to exact justice. The narrative is also occasionally gruesome. "We were on a steep slope," he writes of one murder, "and decomposition fluid ran out of the plastic wrapping onto the ground, forming a puddle. One of the dead woman's legs dropped down into the pool of foul liquid, splashing it up on my face and my leather crime scene boots." Holes is sometimes a little too worked up and a little too focused on himself, but the stories he tells-and the solutions to the crimes-are fascinating. Grisly, matter-of-fact, and just the thing for aspiring detectives. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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