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'See you next week, Sacramento!' Why Patton Oswalt is visiting the area

Patton Oswalt will be in the Sacramento area next week to discuss "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," a book about the Golden State Killer written by Oswalt's late wife, Michelle McNamara.
Patton Oswalt will be in the Sacramento area next week to discuss "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," a book about the Golden State Killer written by Oswalt's late wife, Michelle McNamara. Invision/The Associated Press

A comedian will be in town next week to take part in a serious discussion about a book written by his late wife.

Patton Oswalt will join researcher Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen to talk about "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," a book on the Golden State Killer written by Michelle McNamara.

The discussion is set for 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Citrus Heights.

Oswalt tweeted Tuesday to remind fans: "See you next week, Sacramento!"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">See you next week, Sacramento! <a href="https://t.co/FyeO97Ggkx">https://t.co/FyeO97Ggkx</a></p>&mdash; Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) <a href="https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/999004670042427392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The book helped re-energize interest in the decades-cold case of the man who terrorized California in at least 45 rapes and a dozen murders between 1974 and 1986.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old retiree and former police officer living in Citrus Heights, was arrested April 24 outside his home as the suspect in those crimes.

McNamara — credited with coining "Golden State Killer" for the man also known as the East Area Rapist and other names — didn't have an opportunity to finish her book. She was 46 when she died in her sleep in April 2016.

The book was finished by Oswalt and published Feb. 27, nearly two years after McNamara's death.

In an unrelated tribute, two categories on Tuesday's episode of the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" paid homage to Oswalt and McNamara.

Barnes & Noble is at 6111 Sunrise Blvd. in Citrus Heights. For more information about the discussion, call the store at 916-853-1511.

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