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In My DNA by Lindsey Wade

"A page-turner from start to finish.”

 -Linda Byron

Emmy Winning Investigative Reporter


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About the Book

In 1986, a young girl in Tacoma, Washington, Jennifer Bastian, went out for a bike ride in a local park and never came home. Later her body was found, mutilated and lifeless, but the case went cold, and Jennifer’s killer was free.


The senseless killing of an innocent girl left an indelible black cloud over Tacoma for three decades and was seared into the memory of young Lindsey Wade, also from Tacoma, who went on to become the detective who would crack the case.


Horrifying crimes against women and girls motivated Wade’s twenty-one-year law enforcement career and ignited her relentless pursuit of justice for victims. Her unique perspective as a biracial female detective gives Wade a special connection to the victims and families she’s helped over the years.


Journey with Detective Wade as she investigates shocking sex crimes and homicides in the Tacoma area, where she has been crucial in bringing new DNA evidence into each cold case.  From serial rapists to cold blooded killers, Wade never backs down from the challenges these investigations present--even adding Ted Bundy’s DNA to the national database. At the heart of every lead and DNA test throughout the book, Lindsey’s desire to find Jennifer Bastian’s murderer never relents.


Finally, in 2018, dogged determination along with her unwavering passion for solving cold cases using DNA ultimately lead Wade and her team to the truth behind the thirty-two-year old mystery of who killed Jennifer Bastian.

Praise for In My DNA

“Lindsey Wade’s tenacity shines through as she shares the twists and turns in solving each horrific case. In My DNA takes you inside the crime scene tape where true horrors are found.”

David Rose
News Anchor, Host of The Spotlight

“Riveting, true life story of one of the most truly dedicated, tenacious compassionate detectives in Washington State.”

"As the mother of Jennifer Bastian, I can speak personally to what passion, feeling and connectedness Lindsey has had with each of the cases she toiled over endlessly."

Dave Reichert
Lead Investigator on Green River Serial Murders, Retired King County Sheriff and U.S. Congressman

Pattie Bastian
Jennifer Bastian’s Mother

As Seen In

Lindsey has been featured in numerous publications highlighting her work on cold case investigations and DNA related issues.

From Dateline NBC to Time Magazine, Lindsey shares her expertise.

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In My DNA won a sliver IPPY award for True Crime, a gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Nonfiction, and is a finalist for CrimeCon's CLUE Awards Book of the Year!

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