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A Death in Belmont

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Kevin Conway

8 Hours 20 Minutes


May 2006

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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 the quiet suburb of 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 arrested, tried, and 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.
This is the point of entry to Junger's first book-length project since The Perfect Storm: a narrowly averted tragedy for Junger's family opens out into an electrifying exploration of race and justice in America. By turns exciting and subtle, the narrative chronicles three lives that collide -- and are ultimately destroyed -- in the vortex of one of the first and 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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  • Lillehammer

    Like all Dick Francis books, a really good story but the ending left the listener feeling as if Mr. Francis got bored or stumped and just said to himself "the heck with it." Insufficient character chemistry. The reader was terrific.

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  • Anonymous

    I guess I didn't realize when I selected this book that it was a work of non-fiction. It was very well done and obviously very well researched. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Old Seadog

    I lived in Winthrop (near Chelsea) nearly contemporaneously with DeSalvo. The author has managed to capture both the ethnic diversity and hatreds of the time and place extremely preceptively. Those who fondly believe that Massachusetts was and is the bastion of liberal thought would do well to read to read this book. Junger's skill at research and story telling shines as always.

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  • Jennie

    Very good narration. Simon Junger did a good job of researching and writing about the Boston Strangler. I would recommend the book if you are intersted in the background and history. The listener can make his/her own conclusions about who is the Boston Strangler.

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  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this book. The author keeps on going back and forth on the guilty and innocent question. If you like true stories I think you will enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    I found it very hard to get into this book and actually sent it back without finishing.

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  • Tim Aho

    Mr Junger you've done another great job. Well reseached, well written, and an remarkable placement as well. Would recommend to anyone curious about this most disgusting of topics.

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  • Anonymous

    I selected this story because I'm from the area. It all happened well before I was born, but it was still fascinating to hear the story. I wish for the victims' sake there were clear answers as to who the Boston Strangler really is and who killed that elderly woman. Narrator did a good job. Easy to listen to.

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