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Chase Darkness with Me

By: Billy Jensen,Karen Kilgariff - foreword
Narrated by: Karen Kilgariff,Billy Jensen
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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked. Put together the pieces. Identify the suspect. 

Journalist Billy Jensen spent 15 years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common - it didn’t have an ending. The killer was still out there. 

But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer Michelle McNamara, Billy became fed up. Following a dark night, he came up with a plan. A plan to investigate past the point when the cops have given up. A plan to solve the murders himself. 

In Chase Darkness with Me, you’ll ride shotgun as Billy identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9/11. You’ll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history: his friend Michelle’s pursuit of the Golden State Killer which is chronicled in I’ll Be Gone In The Dark which Billy helped finish after Michelle’s passing, and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown 4 family. 

And Billy gives you the tools - and the rules - to help solve murders yourself. 

Gripping, complex, unforgettable, Chase Darkness with Me is an examination of the evil forces that walk among us, illustrating a novel way to catch those killers, and a true crime narrative unlike any you’ve listened to before. 

With a foreword by Karen Kilgariff of My Favorite Murder

©2019 Billy Jensen (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Editorial Review

No case left cold

We’re living in a golden age of true crime reporting, and this Original—part memoir, part how-to guide—from one of its modern-day pioneers feels like a rallying cry for those who want to turn their obsession into action. In Chase Darkness With Me, Billy Jensen—who helped to finish the late Michelle McNamara’s groundbreaking I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—shares his experience as an investigative journalist who began reporting on, and eventually solving crimes. It’s a uniquely personal take on the topic, filled with anecdotes about his close relationship with his father, as well as his friendship with McNamara (his "partner in crime"), and Jensen’s engaging delivery heightens that aspect of the story. Jensen is clearly a true believer that the public is instrumental to solving cold cases, and he offers tips and motivation for "citizen detectives" who want to help seek justice for victims. —Sam D., Audible Editor

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  • 04-14-19

COULD NOT STOP

This book was so captivating I wanted to call in sick to work the morning I started listening because I didn’t want to stop. I did go to work and still managed to finish in less than 24 hours. I was brought to tears from emotion during portions of the book but overall it was excellent. Billy Jensen has a great voice for audiobooks; I highly recommend this to everyone into making this sometimes dark world, a better place.

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Intriguing and Inspiring

Billy Jensen is an amazing human. Some may see his optimism for crime fighting as fanatical, but he gets real results through hard work and persistence. Incredible encouragement and guidance for others who may become the unsung heros our world needs.
Keep up the good work, Jensen!

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Better suited to a Podcast

Part testimonial, part transcript of social media posts and part evangelical citizen-sleuthing crusade, this really feels like a few podcast episodes strung together. Delivered at breakneck speed by the writer without pausing for breath, it ricochets wildly from case to case and back again within each chapter, leaving this listener confused about which person or case he’s talking about much of the time. People who are fascinated by verbatim transcriptions of text messages and tweets will be thrilled with this title, because much of the book is devoted to them, as well as loads of irrelevant detail (who cares what songs Liam Gallagher sang at that concert? It Has Nothing To Do With The Story). Yes, clearly Billy is a man obsessed by his calling and he wants to share with his readers/listeners but he also needs a more ruthless editor. And he needs to slow the heck down when reading.

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The best True Crime- the focus where it should be

If you like Serial, Criminal, In The Dark, and other True Crime podcasts, this book is for you. Billy Jensen, spending his own time and money, uses social media as a force for good to help find murders, find missing people, and bring justice for the families of victims.

After you listen, subscribe to his podcast with Paul Holes, Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad and become a part of the movement of citizen detectives.

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Any True Crime Fan will love!

Billy Jensen has done a great job on this book! I love his ability to mix true crime with the narrative of his life. Like many true crime fans, our fascination starts early! I love hearing the stories of his Dad and of Michelle McNamara. I am half way through this book now and will add more when I finish! I look forward to more of his work!

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I couldn't stop

I loved this story and couldn't stop listening to it. I'm familiar with Billy Jensen's recent podcast and was not disappointed with the book. I want to keep listening and seeing who he's able to help next.

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Don’t get all the glowing reviews, boring as bust

Let me just say, I was looking forward to an interesting crime book. This is NOT that. This is the rather dry autobiographical account of a....what would I call him....of a journalist’s hunt for killers and other criminals. While his work is laudable, I mean good on you for going out there and helping out, it makes for a rather dry listen. And I mean dry! Like watching paint dry dry. And this would be OK if the writing lifted the story - it doesn’t

The only reason I can see for the glowing reviews is that maybe people know him from a TV show or a podcast - I don’t. Fans of his have clearly rated him highly, his previous accomplishments lending their glow to this work. Maybe that is why I am not as enthused as the 4,7 star rating would suggest. I am not sure.

If you are not a fan of the author, do not know him from TV or podcast, steer clear. Boring as dust. Read Christie or Slaughter is you are looking for a good story.

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Great!

I’m a murderino to the core, so that helps love this book. I think my favorite part is that the author reads the book. It doesn’t happen all that much and while he is reading it helps you connect with the material because he actually lived it. I cried I think 3 times. Slightly derailed my spring cleaning but it was worth it.

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Phenomenal.

I started this book the afternoon of the release, was up until midnight listening, and IMMEDIATELY started listening again upon waking up. I'm probably going to start it again soon. Poignant and personal, Billy is obviously one of the good guys he states are so few in this true crime world.

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Empowering and informative

I thought I knew Billy’s story but realized after listening I only knew a fraction and I’m so glad I listened. He genuinely cares about what he does and he’s making a major difference for all of those without a voice.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-10-19

Billy Jenson is a true modern hero

I never feel compelled to write reviews, but this book is incredible. Both Billy Jenson and Karen Kilgariff (who wrote and reads the foreword) have such compelling and emotive voices, and you can tell that this is something that took a lot of love and care to create.
I’ve been a fan of Billy’s work for a while, but this book gives such a thrilling overview of his life and work, it’s a must listen for any true crime fan. Listen to this and then try and tell me that you don’t want to go into the darkness and root out the monsters with him. I bet you can’t.

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  • Jenny Bosworth
  • 07-12-19

Tedious and self obsessed

Really did not enjoy this audiobook. Lots of different crimes are covered, but the narrative jumps around a lot, and so there is no building of suspense. Frequent deletion, chaotic chapter structure - seemed unedited. no clear story arc. The narrator/author comes across as quite narcissistic in places. Found the narration monotone and not engaging.

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  • Miss Lauren M Downes
  • 05-08-19

Over emotional and average

As someone who's read Michelle McNamara’s ‘I’ll be gone in the dark’ and listened to the podcast ‘Bearbrook’ I found this book an average to poor retelling of those fantastic stories interspersed with Billy Jensen’s overly emotional thoughts on everything. It Made me cringe more times than not. I understand that he’s sincere, I just found it a bit much. He’s desperate to insert himself into investigations and as much as he says he doesn’t want credit, I feel he does. I also find his invitation to ‘solve crimes’ with him, extremely irresponsible! Everybody has motives and they aren’t all good, nor are they all driven by honest, legal generosity!
This book wasn’t for me, Jensen lays it on extremely thick, with all the subtlety of a high speed crash.
Finally, it’s ‘Human’ not ‘Youman’.

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  • ila
  • 06-13-19

the 5 star reviews were right

I'm new to crime and thriller entertainment. i read The Golden State Killer and absolutely loved it. This is possibly even better , or just different in that it has a lot of variation in topics due to Billy Jenson's incredible life and rare attitude. I'm hooked, and will be reading his best friend's book I'll be gone in the dark. This book is absolutely incredible, he talks of things I rarely come across- a new angle on crime and catching monsters. What a heroic man.

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  • Pandora
  • 06-07-19

Powerful and gripping - Loved it.

Ever since I heard of Billy Jensen, I have been glued to every word he says and this book has only strengthened that practise. An everyday humble hero, his story is inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. I hope 'Chase Darkness With Me' helps the ever growing backlog of cold cases and I look forward to reading/hearing his future work.

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  • Left - Emjay & Above - Pip “Psyco”
  • 05-26-19

A Must Read

A true crime book worth listening more than once.

I have really enjoyed this book. I have just finished it and I am about to restart it as I always pick up more after the first listen.

It really does take you into his thoughts and how he feels at the time he is investigating the crime.

You see him at the beginning of his career and how awkward he is as he approaches people for the facts and you feel how uncomfortable he is.

Great read.

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  • J M Tooze
  • 05-16-19

modern techniques to solve new and old murders

compelling and inspiring. makes me want to solve at least one crime in my local area.

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  • P T
  • 04-24-19

A quiet call to action

Billy reads beautifully, his voice is very calming while talking about a serious subject matter. A great piece of writing for anyone who thinks they could take a chance at citizen detective work with good reminders not to do anything that strays into vigilantism. I look forward to seeing this become a more normal occurrence across social media - screw fake news, solve crimes! I hope I can help one day when I’m retired and have more time, until then I’ll keep this book on standby to re-listen and share via audible with interested friends.

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  • S C DONOVAN
  • 09-06-22

Great book and narration good as well

Great detail and facts on the cold cases and ongoing cases that Billy has and is helping on. Refreshing and uplifting to know that we as citizens can make a significant difference to investigation and resolution of crime. GSK and Michelle M story sad but powerful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-22

Great insight

Read this book in 2 days as was interested in understanding what goes on behind closed door from the eyes of law enforcement and press intervention. Fascinating and very interesting read

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  • Sue
  • 04-30-19

a mighty fine story teller

There were moments when i cheered, lots of moments when i cried, and throughout i had goosebumps. I love audio books when it's the author reading the book. I feel like i ingest it more deeply. It's like listening to a friend tell a story, and Billy Jensen tells a mighty fine story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-19

fantastic

Loved every minute, Billy is giving it his all for others . He is the modern day Sherlock.




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  • Scott Cameron
  • 11-19-21

Yo

Love Billy, just need Paul Holes and himself to get to Melbs Australia to find Mr Cruel!

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  • Grohlpatrol
  • 08-28-19

Brilliant Billy

I have nothing but awe and admiration for what Billy Jensen has selflessly done to be a victims advocate. I’m glad he wrote his story - it was worth the wait.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-19

Audiobook virginity lost

Today I lost my audiobook virginity to crime journalist Billy Jensen's latest book 'Chase darkness with me'. Like every first time I was apprehensive and had no idea what to expect. Would I get the feeling of uncontrollable lust and not be able to stop? Would it be over too fast? Would I find it boring having one persons voice droning on in my ear holes for a long period of time?
This was not the case (no pun intended).

Today I shared an intimate journey with a man on the other side of the world that I have never met. I was introduced to his family straight away (brash, I know!) and shared in some of the heartache and happiness that he has endured. I am happy to say that I am willing to make the sacrifices and take the steps I need to continue this affair into the future and I am certainly not walking away from this experience dissatisfied or feeling guilty.
Billy, you've found yourself a friend that you don't even know and I can't wait for the next x

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  • Marcus
  • 11-24-22

Inspirational

Really enjoyed it and listened at every chance available. Will definitely recommend it to my friends.

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  • Gemma Sherlock
  • 09-30-22

Love Billy!

Such amazing book! Highly recommend for the true crime fan. Billy’s empathy and compassion for victims/survivors is beautiful. Hearing about his Dad added a personal aspect to very personal stories. Thank you Billy!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-01-22

Epic

Brilliant storytelling and all the more brilliant and harrowing because it's true. Definitely a must read.

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  • Kris
  • 07-08-22

Fantastic

I couldn't stop listening! A great book in its own right, and honestly wished there was more

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  • Melle
  • 05-04-22

Fascinating and Moving

If you're a Murderino, this is a no-brainer. If you're at all into True Crime, it is likewise likely to be right up your dark alley.

For me, it adds so much more. Billy's career story is incredibly fascinating. The complexities of journalism, the drive to do worthwhile and important things with your time and opportunities, the call to stand up for those who can not longer speak...it is a moving and powerful story. He tells the stories with respect and compassion; he doesn't seek to promote himself, he simply expresses what has motivated to do this work.

He has a radio voice and is a highly experienced podcaster, so his narration of the book is excellent.