Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder

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Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder
Author Lacey Fosburgh
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date

Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder is a 1977 book by Lacey Fosburgh about the murder of Roseann Quinn, a young New York City schoolteacher who reportedly led a "double life" and was murdered in 1973. Fosburgh appropriated the title of Judith Rossner's Looking for Mr. Goodbar, the acclaimed[1] best-selling novel which had been published two years earlier.

Closing Time was nominated for the 1978 Edgar Award as Best Fact Crime book, despite Fosburgh's mixing of fact and fiction in a controversial technique she referred to as "interpretive biography."[2] In 1980, she admitted to The New York Times that she had "created scenes or dialogue I think it reasonable and fair to assume could have taken place, perhaps even did."[3]


  1. ^ Rinzler, Carol Eisen. Books: Looking for Mr. Goodbar. The New York Times, June 8, 1975. Accessed January 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Fosburgh, Lacey. Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder. (New York: Delacorte Press, 1977).
  3. ^ Kakutani, Michiko. Do Facts and Fiction Mix? The New York Times, January 27, 1980. Accessed January 2, 2017.