A Death in Belmont

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Harper Perennial, 2007 - Murder - 266 pages
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In 1963, suburban Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a sex murder that fits the Boston Strangler s pattern. The police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim s house. Smith is hastily convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continues. But on the day of the Belmont murder, Albert DeSalvo the man who eventually confessed to the Strangler s crimes is also in town, working as a carpenter at the Jungers home. In this powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles one of America s first and most controversial serial murder cases."

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Best-selling author Junger (The Perfect Storm ) gives us a fresh look at the Boston Strangler crime story by examining his own family lore. One day in 1963 in Junger├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs hometown of Belmont ... Read full review

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Sebastian Junger was born in 1962 in Belmont, Massachusetts. He received his BA degree from Wesleyan University in Cultural Anthropology in 1984. He is a freelance journalist who writes for numerous magazines, including Outside, American Heritage, Men's Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. As an underemployed journalist who assigned himself stories and worked as a stringer for the Associated Press in Bosnia, Junger was fascinated by the dangers that people face regularly while doing ordinary jobs. Junger was working as a climber for a tree removal service when the storm occurred that provided the inspiration for his first book. The Perfect Storm (1997) is a carefully researched account of the wreck of the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail, The wreck took place during what one meteorologist called a "perfect storm"--a storm with the worst possible conditions. In order to relate the story of a disaster that left no survivors and had no eyewitnesses, Junger used a combination of sound research, technical detail, and personal insight to reconstruct the final hours. After the publication of this book he was nicknamed the new Hemingway. In 2000, this book was made into a film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. He wrote several books such as War which is about his time spent with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan. At the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 his documentary Restrepo won Grand Jury Prize for a domestic documentary. Junger's book, Tribe, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.

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