Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder

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, and subsequently made into a 1977 film, and whose events were followed by a 1983 made-for-TV semi-sequel, Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer, which was largely based on fact.

Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder
AuthorLacey Fosburgh
CountryUnited States
PublisherDelacorte Press
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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.