A Death in Belmont

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HarperCollins, May 23, 2006 - True Crime - 400 pages
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In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in Belmont, just a few blocks from the house of Sebastian Junger's family -- a murder that seemed to fit exactly the pattern of the Strangler. Roy Smith, a black man who had cleaned the victim's house that day, was convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continued.

Two years later, Albert DeSalvo, a handyman who had been working at the Jungers' home on the day of the Belmont murder, and had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.

By turns exciting and subtle, A Death in Belmont chronicles three lives that collide -- and are ultimately destroyed -- in the vortex of one of the most controversial serial murder cases in America. The power of the story and the brilliance of Junger's reporting place this book on the short shelf of classics beside In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter.

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Review: A Death in Belmont

User Review  - Alisa - Goodreads

This book felt forced, like Junger had been obsessed for so long, changed his mind so often, and was still so deeply conflicted, that writing the book was his only way to purge the topic from his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine Martin - Goodreads

In this story, the primary crime is the murder of a woman in Belmont, a suburb of Boston, right around the time that the Boston Strangler was terrorizing the city. In fact, this murder might have been ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

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