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About the Author
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.
[Paul Holes's] memoir grabs its reader in a stranglehold and proves more fascinating than fiction and darker than any noir narrative.
--Los Angeles Magazine
--San Francisco Chronicle An exceptional memoir... his unflinching look at the emotional toll the more than 27 years he spent working in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area took on him and his family distinguishes this from similar true crime narratives.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review Paul Holes takes you on a fascinating and sometimes disturbing journey inside the mind of someone who hunts monsters for a living--and in order to live. And his insights on Michelle McNamara--whose loss I still feel every day--are incredible.
--Patton Oswalt True-crime superstar Holes takes readers on a gripping journey into the mind of a cold-case detective...a thoughtful yet fast-paced and absorbing amalgamation of personal memoir and true-crime novel. Crime junkies and nonfiction fans will clamor to get their hands on this book.
--Booklist The stories [Holes] tells--and the solutions to the crimes--are fascinating. Grisly, matter-of-fact, and just the thing for aspiring detectives.
--Kirkus Unmasked is a stunning, brutally honest memoir about a complex, highly gifted forensic scientist who sacrificed his own personal life, even his marriage and fatherhood, in his relentless pursuit of monsters.
--Mystery & Suspense Magazine Paul Holes is a natural criminal profiler with a talent for describing how the process works. In his book, Unmasked, he marches the reader into the real world of criminal behavior and blends his forensic expertise with his unfiltered personal life experiences as he tackles both cold cases and modern crimes. This is a book you will not be able to put down.
--Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, author of A Killer By Design and co-author of Sexual Homicide