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Paul Holes – SOLD OUT

October 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Magic City Books is thrilled to welcome Paul Holes, the detective who found the Golden State Killer, for a book launch event celebrating the paperback release of his memoir, Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases, on Friday October 6. This ticketed event will take place at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, 2445 S Peoria Avenue.

An instant bestseller and called “even more riveting than an episode of ‘Dateline'” by The New York Times, Unmasked details detective Paul Holes’ decades-long career specializing in cold cases and predator crimes—including catching The Golden State Killer and solving Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapping—while illuminating the emotional toll this work can take.

This ticketed event is now SOLD OUT. However, you can click the link below to purchase a signed copy of Unmasked, which will be available for in-store pickup or shipping starting Monday, October 9.

Click here to pre-order a signed book

Unmasked will be published on October 3, 2023. All ticket holders will be able to pick up their book at the event on October 6.

If you have a ticket and are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book at Magic City Books during normal business hours. The last day for ticket holders to pick up Unmasked by Paul Holes is Friday, November 10, 2023. We will make an effort to have signed books available for pick up but can not guarantee a signed copy.

About Unmasked
From Paul Holes, the detective who found the Golden State Killer, Unmasked is a memoir that “grabs its reader in a stranglehold and proves more fascinating than fiction and darker than any noir narrative.” (LA Magazine)
I order another bourbon, neat. This is the drink that will flip the switch. I don’t even know how I got here, to this place, to this point. Something is happening to me lately. I’m drinking too much. My sheets are soaking wet when I wake up from nightmares of decaying corpses. I order another drink and swig it, trying to forget about the latest case I can’t shake.
Crime solving for me is more complex than the challenge of the hunt, or the process of piecing together a scientific puzzle. The thought of good people suffering drives me, for better or worse, to the point of obsession. People always ask how I am able to detach from the horrors of my work. Part of it is an innate capacity to compartmentalize; the rest is experience and exposure, and I’ve had plenty of both. But I have always taken pride in the fact that I can keep my feelings locked up to get the job done. It’s only been recently that it feels like all that suppressed darkness is beginning to seep out.
When I look back at my long career, there is a lot I am proud of. I have caught some of the most notorious killers of the twenty-first century and brought justice and closure for their victims and families. I want to tell you about a lifetime solving these cold cases, from Laci Peterson to Jaycee Dugard to the Pittsburg homicides to, yes, my twenty-year-long hunt for the Golden State Killer.
But a deeper question eats at me as I ask myself, at what cost? I have sacrificed relationships, joy–even fatherhood–because the pursuit of evil always came first. Did I make the right choice? It’s something I grapple with every day. Yet as I stand in the spot where a young girl took her last breath, as I look into the eyes of her family, I know that, for me, there has never been a choice. “I don’t know if I can solve your case,” I whisper. “But I promise I will do my best.”
It is a promise I know I can keep.

Paul Holes specialized in cold case and serial predator crimes, developing and applying investigative, behavioral, and forensic expertise in notable cases such as The Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Dugard. Holes is frequently sought out by investigators to consult on the most complex and high profile cases and has played a part in putting several serial predators on Death Row such as Darryl Kemp, Joseph Naso, and Joseph Cordova Jr.

As an FBI Task Force Officer while employed with the DA’s Office, Holes teamed up with FBI and Sacramento DA personnel to apply innovative technology that identified Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific 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 victim’s families with their unsolved cases through the television shows The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes and America’s Most Wanted, and with the podcast Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad.


October 6, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Magic City Books


Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74114
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