Paul Holes is most famously known for being one of the investigators who helped capture the Golden State Killer, as well as being a source for Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. He also worked on other high profile cases such as Lacy Peterson and Jaycee Dugard.
Unmasked is Paul’s memoir outlining his career as an investigator with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, where he first came across the cold case files relating to GSK. In his role at the crime lab, Paul worked to close recent homicide cases as well as cold cases, especially as DNA technology evolved. Throughout the years and on his own time, he kept working GSK until a suspect was finally arrested.
A lot of work and time went into solving GSK and it was so fascinating to see how it went down from the investigator’s side. You could also feel the passion that Paul had for his job and his dogged determination, sometimes bordering on obsession, to solve all his cases and bring justice for the victims and their families. Paul is also honest about how the job cost him his first marriage and how it almost destroyed his second. I hope he is enjoying retirement.
*I received a review copy from Celadon Books*