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A Death in Belmont
A Death in Belmont
Author: Sebastian Junger
A fatal collision of three lives in the most intriguing and original crime story since In Cold Blood. — In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the po...  more
ISBN-13: 9780393059809
ISBN-10: 0393059804
Publication Date: 4/18/2006
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 51 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
Don't miss this fantastic true crime story. This comes from Junger's own childhood and delves into how a crime impacts his family and relates to a much, much bigger crime spree circa 1960's in his own state of Massachusetts. Written in Junger's minute by minute action style, you can't put this book down. At once almost unbelievable and at the same time completely chilling.
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Helpful Score: 4
I started reading this book, stopped and read the back cover and deicded I probably wouldn't like it since it is a true account of a real crime (not a fan of those types of books) Decided to give it my mandatory 50 pages - I'm glad I did. While I wouldn't say I'm enjoying the book --can you enjoy reading about a true murder?-- I am glad I decided to read it. Well written account that reads as though you were actually there. Recommended. A little graphic, but not too bad. (position of body and such)
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Helpful Score: 3
I thought this would be more of a story, but it is very fact based.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is an interesting account of the author's family's very close brush with the "Boston Strangler," as well as the corresponding conviction of a black man for what could very likely have been one of the infamous stranglings.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's definitely not as good as his prior book, A Perfect Storm. The story about how his family had Albert DeSalvo working in their house when one of the supposed Boston Strangler killings took place in town is fascinating. But, I had the strong feeling that the author didn't have enough for a full book with this story alone, so he added information about the 1960's that I didn't feel was needed.

All in all, I found it interesting, but it will appeal most to those who are very interested in the story surrounding the Boston Strangler. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered, so it is ultimately unfulfilling.
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This book was written by the same man who wrote The Perfect Storm so I was expecting a great read that would hold my interest. I am from New England and remember being very frightened of "The Boston Strangler" as I walked to and from school in the early 60s. Unfortunately the book lost my interest after the beginning chapter when the author told his story of his father hiring a handy man to help with some remodeling at their home. The handy man turned out to be Albert DeSalvo.
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Part fact, part fiction account of the Boston Strangler story. I did feel there was a bit too much detail about the 1960's that weren't relevant to the story.
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Great book. He's a super writer and researcher.