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Unmasked
Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES
From the detective who helped catch the Golden State Killer, a memoir about investigating America's toughest cold cases, and the rewards - and toll - of a life spent solving crime.For a decade, from 1973, The Golden State Killer stalked and murdered Californians in the dead of night, leaving entire communities afraid to turn off the lights. Then he vanished, and the case remained unsolved.In 1994, when cold-case investigator Paul Holes came across the old file, he swore he would unmask GSK and finally give these families closure. Twenty-four years later, Holes fulfilled that promise, identifying 73-year-old Joseph J. DeAngelo. Headlines blasted around the world: one of America's most prolific serial killers had been caught.That case launched Paul's career into the stratosphere, turning him into an icon in the true-crime world. But while many know the story of the capture of GSK, until now, no one has truly known the man behind it all.In UNMASKED, Paul takes us through his memories of a storied career and provides an insider account of some of the most notorious cases in contemporary American history, including Laci Peterson's murder and Jaycee Dugard's kidnapping. But this is also a revelatory profile of a complex man and what makes him tick: the drive to find closure for victims and their loved ones; the inability to walk away from a challenge - even at the expense of his own happiness. This is a story about the gritty truth of crime solving when there are no 'case closed' headlines. It is the story of a man and his commitment to his cases, and to the people who might have otherwise been forgotten.
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark really messed me up, but this memoir‘s premise had me ready to hear about GSK again. Holes, the detective who unceasingly worked this case for 24 years, details his processes, wrong turns and right, and how the obsession unraveled his personal life. It‘s not only about GSK, but it‘s the crux. He speaks of his close friendship with Michelle McNamara and her hand in keeping the case forefront. Science is cool!

LeahBergen I‘ve just ordered this one. 👍 1d
ferskner I'm glad this one is doable! I have a copy that I'll get to someday. 1d
britt_brooke @ferskner I‘d love to hear what you think when you do! 1d
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britt_brooke @LeahBergen I‘d love to hear what you think! 1d
Cinfhen Science IS cool!!!! 1d
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻 1d
5feet.of.fury Awesome! 1d
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britt_brooke
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🎧👟 My boys are at run training again so I‘m walking on the greenway. I was busy taking a pic of the pretty creek when I almost stepped on this fellow! 🐍#audiowalk

Tamra I would definitely let him/her go their own merry way! 😅 (edited) 1w
Kappadeemom No. Nope. No way 1w
JenReadsAlot Nope 1w
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tpixie That‘s a big one! 🐍 1w
LeahBergen What species of snake is that? 1w
mrp27 Yikes! 😱 1w
MicheleinPhilly Oh hell no. 1w
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I think it‘s just a harmless water snake. Biggest one I‘ve seen, though! 1w
britt_brooke @Tamra @Kappadeemom @JenReadsAlot @tpixie @mrp27 @MicheleinPhilly I stopped to watch it for a min and it did not care one whit that I was there. Just a harmless water snake, but still startling! 1w
tpixie @britt_brooke what an adventurous day! 1w
LeahBergen I would‘ve stopped to watch him, too! 👍 1w
Suet624 Gah!! 5d
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MysticFaerie
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5🌟/5🌟

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Hooked_on_books
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The subtitle here is quite accurate: Holes tells about his life, how he came to be a criminalist, his single-minded focus on his work, and how that focus impacted his personal life. I like the mix here, and he includes a variety of types of cases. I enjoyed this, but be aware he does describe some details of victims that some might find hard to handle.

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BooksAndYarn
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Reading this one while waiting in the school pickup lane. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it so far

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StellaDz
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From the Prologue, I knew this book was going to be different. It had emotion to it, not just a statement of facts. Holes has dedicated his life to those no longer able to speak, and to those left behind. And this is often times in detriment to himself and his family. He‘s honest, and open. He‘s real about the excitement of tracking down a culprit, but he‘s also explicit, in the dark side of chasing evil.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MicheleinPhilly
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This didn‘t resonate with me on an emotional level the way I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark did, but it was still imminently satisfying. I‘m always enraged by the pissing contests that take place amongst various law enforcement agencies when I read books like this. How much time and effort could be saved if people weren‘t chasing glory instead of perpetrators? And I appreciated how honest he was about what this work did to his own mental health. 👍🏼

LeahBergen I‘m glad this was a pick for you. I‘ll have to pick up a copy soon. 👍 3w
Suet624 Great point about the noncooperation of investigators. So infuriating. 3w
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘m surprised at myself, but I didn‘t absolutely love this. I liked the discussion about the cases but I really had trouble with how highly Holes thinks of himself 😆
I mean he‘s great and all, but I prefer a bit more of a humble approach most of the time. 😬
I‘m all about the true crime and this was a really quick read with lots of insight from a criminologist‘s perspective. A pick, with a side of slight cringe.

vivastory I haven't read this (yet), but for some reason I'm not surprised by the lack of humility 3w
Chelsea.Poole @vivastory maybe it goes with the territory…? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
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LeahBergen @Chelsea.Poole @vivastory I felt the very same way about John Douglas. His tone irritated me! 3w
KathyWheeler I wonder if it‘s the writing. My husband and I saw John Douglas speak several years ago and he didn‘t strike us as full of himself in person, but I can see how his books would read that way. (edited) 3w
vivastory @LeahBergen I'm glad to know that it wasn't just me! 3w
vivastory @KathyWheeler That's interesting. I did see his book was co-written, or ghost written, so the tone could have been the fault of the other writerm 3w
vivastory *writer 3w
Chelsea.Poole @KathyWheeler @vivastory @LeahBergen I do agree that maybe the co-writer could have something to do with it. And also, yes I can see that with The Killer Across the Table as well. I am sure,with these types, it‘s a fine line to walk between “hey, I solved these cases” and “I‘m a genius”. lol. 3w
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wallacereads
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For all the true crime junkies out there; this was stellar.

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abookishbutterfly
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Remarkably Bright Creature ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Lovers ⭐️⭐️💫

Siren Queen ⭐️⭐️

Within These Wicked Walls ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hold On, But Don‘t Hold Still ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mouth to Mouth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Unmasked: My Life Solving America‘s Cold Cases ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Boys ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Foundling ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Damage Done ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Take Your Breath Away ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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abookishbutterfly
The Plague Stones ⭐️

Found Shadows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Very Simple Crime ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Addison_Reads
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In another time and place I'd love to have Paul's job. His honesty while discussing how he started in his job and the difficulty of separating his personal life from his cases was fascinating to me.

This book is very well written and informative. The cases Paul has worked on are some of the most gruesome of our time. His determination and ability to solve these "unsolvable" cases is amazing.

Those of you who enjoy true crime will love this one.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Poole Boys in the pool with their dad, a High Noon and a book in the shade. The best way to spend Memorial Day weekend. ☀️ 📖 🍍

Smartypants Oooo…I had no idea you were into true crime! Enjoy! 4w
Addison_Reads I just finished this one. I'm excited to see what you think about it. 4w
EvieBee I always say I‘m going to take a break from true crime when world events get too stressful…but then I‘m back at it in no time lol! Checking the library for a copy of this now. 4w
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Chelsea.Poole @Smartypants oh yeah, possibly my favorite! But I can‘t read only true crime, only about once a month or so. Whats one that sticks out to you? I‘m always up for recs! 4w
Chelsea.Poole @Addison_Reads just finished…review tomorrow hopefully. I liked it…BUT lol. I‘ll tag you 😊 4w
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee oh I feel that! I read it occasionally; it‘s one of my favorite genres, but I can‘t read too much of it back to back. Did you read this one? 4w
Smartypants @Chelsea.Poole I really liked Chasing the Boogeyman! I‘m hoping one day to get to CrimeCon…Keith Morrison sometimes goes and his voice helps me sleep like a baby! Lol 4w
Chelsea.Poole @Smartypants oh I loveeee Keith!!! Thanks for the Boogeyman rec, I‘ll look into that one! 3w
EvieBee @Chelsea.Poole I did, and the week of publication. It scared the pants off me! 3w
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee oh me too! 😱 3w
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StellaDz
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It‘s a late, lazy Saturday morning, so beside the few chores today (laundry), Paul Holes might be keeping me company. 😆

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Chelsea.Poole
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Lunch at my favorite spot, with a book! 📖 🍰

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Chelsea.Poole
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Busy busy day of gardening, soccer, kids birthday party, and laundry….but snuck in a few minutes of porch reading with the man himself, Paul Holes!
(Beside my peonies!🌸)

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jlhammar
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Man, the things this guy has seen. Holes shares his experience as a witness to decades of unimaginable tragedy. Dark stuff, but really fascinating to follow his journey from crime lab newbie to gifted and obsessive cold case investigator.

Reading this one right before bed (couldn‘t put it down!) was not a great choice. Did not result in a restful slumber.

LeahBergen On my “to buy” list. 👍 1mo
Addison_Reads I have this on hold at the library. Your review makes me even more excited to read it. 1mo
jlhammar @Addison_Reads @LeahBergen The prologue has an intentionally noir-ish feel to it that I wasn't sure about, but once I got past that it seemed more authentically his voice and I just got caught up in the story. Definitely worth a read. 1mo
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Suzze
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By Paul Holes. Subtitle: My Life Solving America‘s Cold Cases. He solved the Golden State Killer case. Really loving it so far. Sitting on my porch with my “reading cat” as my buddy.

StellaDz This is up next for me!! 1mo
Suzze @StellaDz so interesting! 1mo
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abookishbutterfly
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Perhaps what made this work so well for me was the memoir aspect. This isn‘t a book about crime written from a neutral outsider, but from the heart of someone who had firsthand experience with each brutal scene. Holes was undeniably affected by these crimes, despite how he learned to cope on the job, and his empathetic nature toward the victims and their loved ones shined through in the narrative.

TieDyeDude 😍 Love the bat plush! Sounds like an emotionally draining book 1mo
abookishbutterfly @TieDyeDude Thanks! It was definitely a tough one! 1mo
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abookishbutterfly
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“Law enforcement is often guilty of placing less of a priority on cases in which the victim‘s death resulted from an illicit activity. But it was simple for me: everyone is someone‘s child. They mattered.”

MyNamesParadise I recently got this book and will get around to reading it eventually! 1mo
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LoverOfLearning
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A look into the capture and unmasking of The Golden State Killer and the unmasking of cold case investigator Paul Holes. This book details Paul's journey with anxiety, PTSD, and panic attacks in the aftermath of facing some of the worst crime scenes in history.

Still amazed I got to see him speak live last month at his book talk. He even signed my copy of this book!

A well-witten story focused on the consequences of reality. 4.5 stars

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IndieNorth
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Read this book in one sitting, now my eyes sting from staring at the pages. Worth it.

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LoverOfLearning
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What a great experience!

Met author and retired detective Paul Holes who had a hand in helping to solve the cold case of the Golden State Killer.

He had me laughing but at times he gave goose bumps across my spine. The work he has put in to help bring these many victims justice is just outstanding. But all things come with a cost, including mental health, which is what Paul discusses in his memoir.

Just released today! Can't wait to read!

vivastory How fun! I've had my eye on this one 👍 2mo
LoverOfLearning @vivastory I'm sure I'll have it read in a matter of days! Going to start it now and im sure stay up way too late. 😆 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Sounds like a great time! 2mo
Jess I‘m so jealous you got to see him speak. Just finished this book and it was excellent! 2mo
LoverOfLearning @Jess was pretty exciting! But his talk went by fast. I'm finally getting into the book. 😪 been such a long last few days. Happy to finally sit down and read. 2mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Never been to a live book talk before. So excited!

Chelsea.Poole I just checked this out from the library today. Enjoy! 😊 (edited) 2mo
KathyWheeler Have fun! 2mo
LoverOfLearning @Chelsea.Poole thanks you too! 2mo
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LoverOfLearning @KathyWheeler was awesome!! Getting my book signed now 2mo
KathyWheeler @LoverOfLearning I‘m glad you had a good time. 2mo
TheDaysGoBy Paul Holes! I‘m sure that must‘ve been so great to listen to him 2mo
LoverOfLearning @TheDaysGoBy he and Rebecca Makkai (who interviewed him) were hysterical together. Had everyone laughing. Some serious topics were discussed as well and I had goose bumps across my body. Was a great discussion to sit in on! 2mo
TheDaysGoBy That‘s so cool! I love listening to him on the Murder Squad podcast. Forgot he had a book coming out - may have to add it to my TBR 2mo
LoverOfLearning @TheDaysGoBy hahah see I'm the opposite I knew he had a book coming out and that he had some TV publicity but I just discovered his podcast yesterday. 🤣 2mo
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ScrappyMags
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ one of my best of 2022! This taut, suspenseful what-the-whaa book reads like fiction until you pause to remind yourself: THIS. IS. REAL. 100% REAL, and that‘s why the heeby-jeeby factor runs high. 😳And along with this smack-me-in-the-face reality comes crushing sympathy for the families and friends who lost loved ones in truly terrible ways. How they pick up those pieces is a testament to the human spirit. Full review ScrappyMags.com

jlhammar I have this ready to pick-up at the library. Looking forward to it! 2mo
ScrappyMags @jlhammar it‘s soooo good!! 2mo
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TorieStorieS
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This blend of true crime and memoir comes from an investigator who spent over twenty years helping bring killers and criminals to justice. Holes has worked on cases that made national headlines- from Laci Peterson to the Golden State Killer. The latter dominates this book giving insight into the behind-the-scenes in the forensic lab as well as the progression of technology. With a mix of personal and professional details, this is a quick read!

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TamTracy
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This memoir of the life and career of Paul Holes was amazing for a true crime fan like myself. Laci Peterson, Jaycee Dugard, and of course the Golden State Killer were just a few of the cases discussed. I would have liked a deeper dive into some of the cases but I understand it‘s a memoir and not a true crime documentary! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sara_Planz
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Excited to read this. I love true crime and Paul Holes is a legend!!!

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one, too! 3mo
LoverOfLearning I'm going to a his book signing next month! So excited! 3mo
Sara_Planz @LoverOfLearning ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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If you liked Michelle McNamara's l'll Be Gone in the Dark then you will like Unmasked by Paul Holes. The book explores the way that he blended science with his knowledge of human behavior and relationships with law enforcement to solve cold cases. It's a true crime novel for true crime fans. Engaging and a quick read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

EvieBee Nice! I‘ve been looking forward to this one. 3mo
FelinesAndFelonies @EvieBee I love true crime so I devoured it. 3mo
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thewellreadpug
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Unmasked was a totally engrossing and completely unputdownable book. This is a must read for any fan of true crime books, documentaries and/or podcasts!

With all the cases described in the book, the author is very respectful of how he presents the details and what he describes about the case and the victim. Unmasked is totally engrossing and totally worth a read. Add this one to your TBR list today!

jlhammar I'm already on the library hold list for this one. Can't wait! 3mo
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ReadingOver50
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I loved the conversational style of the writing. The cases presented were interesting and I was left wanting more information about them. I was struck by how committed Paul was to his work. Even to the detriment of his family. His job was truly a calling for him.

I received a free copy from Celadon Press in exchange for my honest review.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Surprise ARC in the mail today from Celadon Books. Pretty excited to start this one.

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ReadingOver50
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Thank you for the ARC Celadon Press. This looks terrific.

LeahBergen I‘ll be reading this one! 👍 5mo
ShelleyBooksie Sounds good 5mo
DGRachel I‘ll have to get that for my Mom when it releases! 5mo
kspenmoll Looks good! 5mo
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