Nerds and Beyond Book Club: ‘Chase Darkness with Me’ by Billy Jensen


Welcome to our interactive Nerds and Beyond book club series! This month, I wanted to delve into the true crime genre, as it’s one of my favorite interests. Our October book club pick is Billy Jensen’s newest book, Chase Darkness with Me. This book is one of my absolute favorites and is such a great read and so well written I wanted to share it with our readers and book club members!

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Chase Darkness with Me is a New York Times Bestseller. Patton Oswalt says it is, “An intense, fascinating read for true-crime lovers and newbies!” Billy Jensen is a true crime journalist turned citizen detective working on primarily unsolved cases. He has said multiple times his reason for working on unsolved cases is because he “hates the guy that got away with it.” He decided to start working on and solving the cases himself because he got fed up.

The book is part biography and part true crime, with each chapter focusing on a different case he has worked on while talking about his past and his friendship with the late Michele McNamara. McNamara wrote I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which was about her hunt for the infamous Golden State Killer. Jensen, among others, finished her book after her sudden passing before she could finish it.

Here is the front cover summary of the book:

“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 McNamara’s pursuit of the Golden State Killer and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown Four.”

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As an added bonus, the final chapters are Billy Jensen’s tools and rules he follows while working on cases, for readers that want to help solve murders themselves. I’m very excited to see how our readers and book club members enjoy this book and what they think about it!

You can read more about Chase Darkness With Me here! You can also check out our spotlight on Billy Jensen and Paul Holes’ podcast here!

To participate in our Nerds and Beyond book club, send an e-mail to with “Book Club” in the subject line no later than October 27. We will e-mail out discussion questions that will be posted in an article at the end of the month.

Adrienne is a Certified Medical Assistant, as well as a new writer that joined the team in 2019. She is a lover of all things true crime, Supernatural, Sherlock, spoken word poetry, among others. You can find her on all her social media platforms under adri_lynn.

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