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St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Favorite Author Series and The Novel Neighbor are pleased to host a special event with cold case criminal investigator and true crime podcast host Paul Holes for a discussion of “Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases.”

Paul Holes will be in conversation with St. Louis author and true crime historian Vicki Erwin.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis MO 63117.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $20 (Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “Unmasked”)

PACKAGE TICKET $28 (Admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of “Unmasked”)      

A book signing will follow the author presentation.

In 2018, Paul Holes retired as a cold case investigator after spending more than twenty-seven years working in Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul specialized in cold case and serial predator crimes, developing and applying investigative, behavioral, and forensic expertise in notable cases such as the murder of Laci Peterson and the kidnapping of 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 apprehending several serial predators.

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 podcasts “Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad,” co-hosted with true crime writer Billy Jensen, and “Buried Bones,” co-hosted with journalist and true crime historian Kate Winkler Dawson.

An instant New York Times bestseller, Holes’ memoir ,”Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases,” shares his personal story—the many highs and lows of a lifetime spent investigating the most perplexing cold cases, and the emotional toll his work has had on his family and mental health.

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us

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