Patton Oswalt Marked His Late Wife's Book Publication With A Touching Tweet

"The book is excellent, the writing brilliant."

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Patton Oswalt found the perfect way to honor his late wife Michelle McNamara after the posthumous publication of her true-crime book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. McNamara had been working on the book before her death in April 2016 — having investigated and written about the unsolved case for years.


On Tuesday, the book's official publication day, Oswalt (who penned an afterword) shared a touching photo on Twitter. The actor and comedian had placed a copy of the book on McNamara's grave. "You did it, baby," he wrote in the caption. "The book is excellent, the writing brilliant. You tried to bring kindness to chaos, which was your way."

Shortly after McNamara's death, Oswalt promised that the book would be published. "I got to spend 13 years with a great crimefighter and a unique mind. And I got to spend a decade married to her," he told People at the time. "Way beyond what I deserve."

Oswalt shared the book's release date last September in a Facebook post, writing, "I can't help feeling that somewhere, in her final pages, she left enough clues for someone to finish the job she couldn't -- to put California's worst serial killer behind bars."

In the nearly two years since McNamara's death, Oswalt has been open with fans about his experience with grief and life as a single father to his and McNamara's daughter Alice, now 8. "Michelle's gone but she wasn't the kind of soul that disappears or dies out," he wrote on Facebook one year after her death.

Oswalt has since remarried. He and actress Meredith Salenger wed in November 2017.


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