A Vassar college professor explores the tragic murder of her former childhood friend in this combination memoir and true-crime examination. During their junior high years in the early 1960s, Imbrie and flamboyant Lee Snavely were inseparable, but the duo drifted apart in high school. While Imbrie's life took a traditional course, Snavely became a heroin addict and prostitute who was convicted for attempted murder by age 23. Soon after she was released from prison in 1974, Snavely and a runaway teenager accompanied an unstable man they met in a bar to his rural Michigan home. The bodies of the two women were found buried on the Michigan property some time later. This book starts out strong, but when Imbrie is forced to rely on newspaper accounts and other remote sources to trace Snavely's stormy life, its credibility breaks down because of all the speculation and contrived conversations. Still, the book's well written and should prove popular with true-crime fans.