#BookBeginnings Chase Darkness With Me By Billy Jensen

Let’s take a look at Chase Darkness with Me: How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel/book you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!


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Chase Darkness with Me: How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders* by Billy Jensen

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Summary:  Tired of writing about unsolved murders, journalist Billy Jensen decided to use his investigative know-how to solve cases. In this book he reveals how he uses social media to hunt down killers.

First Sentence:

It starts with an overhead shot — in color, but with no sound — of a man walking into a 7-Eleven. It’s late, well past 2:00 a.m., but the scene is glowing, the streetlamps working with the store signs to give off a glimmer you don’t usually see on the typical nighttime surveillance video.


Billy Jensen first came to my attention when I read I’ll Be in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (my post). Michelle passed away before finishing her book , so Billy Jensen and Paul Holes pieced the story together and finished it. I’m looking forward to reading more about him.

What do you think? Do you read true crime? Would you give Billy Jensen’s book a try?



Side note:  If you have clicked on my blog over the last week or so, you have probably noticed it has been out of service. The switch from http to https has not been a smooth one.  Hopefully I’ll get the bugs out soon and participate more regularly.

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  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Oooh I definitely want to read this one. I first heard about Paul Holes, Billy Jensen and Michelle McNamara on the ‘My Favourite Murder’ podcast 🙂 I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR, even if it might not make the perfect Christmas read 😉 I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

    • Roberta

      Have to admit I hesitated to share this one because it isn’t for everyone, so I’m glad to meet someone who likes true crime. Thank you for the heads up about the podcast.

  2. Ashley S.

    Ooh! This sounds fascinating! I haven’t seen it before. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Sammie @ The Writerly Way

    I don’t read a ton of true crime, but oooh man, this sounds like a really interesting read! I used to read true crime a lot, and I might just have to give this one a try.

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