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Works by Paul Holes


Common Knowledge

MacDill AFB, Florida, USA
Places of residence
California, USA
University of California, Davis (BA|Biochemistry, 1990)
cold-case investigator
Jensen, Billy (podcast cohost)
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office
Meredith Miller
Short biography
Paul Holes is an American former cold-case investigator for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Holes is known for his contributions to solving the Golden State Killer case using advanced methods of identifying the killer with DNA and genealogy technology. Since retiring in March 2018, Holes has contributed to books, television, and podcasts about the Golden State Killer and true crime.



This was interesting to read. Paul describes the toll that solving these cold cases took on his home life. I think it would have been better if I read a paper copy of this book instead of listening to the audiobook. I think that many of the time jumps and skips were probably formatted in the book (correct me if I'm wrong) but were not easy to tell from the audiobook. Some of the skips left me a bit like 'how did we get here?'

4 Stars

Content: Paul deals with a lot of horrific crimes, some of which are described more than others. If you are sensitive to violence of any kind, just skip this one.… (more)
libraryofemma | 20 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
I received this book from Bookish First and the publisher for a review. This review is my own opinion.
This is the true story of Paul Holes as he takes us through the various cases of his career including Laci and Connor Peterson, Jaycee Dugard, and the evolution of the Golden State Killer.
Paul touches on each of these cases a little bit but the majority of the book is about his chasing the Golden State Killer for over twenty years. He became obsessed with this case when he found a file drawer full of cold case files attributed to a single rapist. Originally known as the East Area Rapist (EAR) and Night Stalker, the moniker of Golden State Killer was given by Michelle McNamara, author of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. There is one chapter devoted to her when she and Paul worked together briefly before she tragically passed away in her sleep. After her death, her husband, the actor Patton Oswalt, ensured that her book was completed.
Paul discloses that every time he would get called to a scene and begin investigating a case, he would jump in wholeheartedly. This hurt his family life and ultimately his first marriage. He ended up meeting and marrying another woman who understood his fascination as she was in the same field, but his obsession wore on that marriage as well.
There is a lot of talk about DNA in this book and the evolution of different types of DNA testing on previously unusable samples. He also talks about using DNA samples from relatives to identify the suspect.
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Cathie_Dyer | 20 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
While most of the book is about Holes' career, his involvement in catching serial killers, rapists, and his work on the Golden State Killer case, he also includes his personal life here and discusses the toll his work took on his relationships.

If you have an interest in true crime, you know Holes has become an in-demand speaker and podcaster with an amazing memory for facts. Here he goes over his methods of processing a crime scene with an attention to detail and overlooked clues.
mstrust | 20 other reviews | Oct 24, 2023 |
It's hard for me to not give a memoir 5 stars, but I think that having read a few books by John Douglas, the writing style is what brings this down a star.

I have admired Paul Holes since reading I'll Be Gone In The Dark right after the capture of the GSK, and the way he remembered Michelle McNamara in this was very, very sweet, I think she would have liked that.

I feel like the first half of this was a little slow, and then the second half was so fast paced it felt like sprinting to the end of a marathon. This is why I came up with 4 stars. Definitely worth a read though!… (more)
Danielle.Desrochers | 20 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |



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