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.
Read by Kevin Conway
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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.
Kevin Conway has starred on stage in The Elephant Man and Other People's Money and in such films as Gettysburg, The Confession, and Ramblin' Rose.From AudioFile:
Kevin Conway breathes intensity and suspense into this detailed account of the Boston Strangler and Junger's personal connection to two men who were convicted for the Strangler's crimes. Conway projects a variety of characters with an individuality that prevents confusion. His rhythm and emphasis also allow for greater comprehension of the complex text, particularly when Junger discusses laws and legal issues. In addition to the personal stories and narrative, this audiobook serves as a primer on criminal justice, and Junger's inquiries instill ambiguity, not simple solutions. An in-depth interview with Junger rounds out this already well-tuned audiobook, making it a phenomenal listen for fiction and nonfiction fans alike. L.E. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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