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Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, America's Wealthiest Community

Dumas, Timothy

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ISBN 10: 1559704411 / ISBN 13: 9781559704410
Published by Arcade, NY, 1998
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In DJ; Signed by author. Hardback (black spine/green boards) . 283 pp. B&W photos. 1975 murder of Martha Moxley by Thomas Skakel; 8vo; 283 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 15512

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Title: Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, ...

Publisher: Arcade, NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing.

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A study of an unsolved murder in the exclusive, wealthy community of Greenwich, Connecticut, describes the 1975 beating death of teenager Martha Moxley, the suspects in the killing, and the community's struggle to cope with the repercussions of the crime. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

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In examining the still-unsolved 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in a wealthy suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut, first-time author Timothy Dumas does not attempt to deliver a knockout punch of new evidence that might crack the case wide open. Instead, Dumas takes his readers on a literate excursion through the darkest secrets and fears of the girl's neighbors and fellow townspeople as they attempt to cope--first with the murder itself, and then with the helplessness of almost a quarter century of frustration as the case remains unsolved.

It's not that most people in town don't have any clue who performed the crime, Dumas shows, but that a moat of distance lies between the killer and those who would punish such a crime, a distance mainly built on the power, money, and political connections of the wealthy Skakel family, related by marriage to the Kennedys.

Dumas weaves a spellbinding tale, cut in the mold of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood or, more recently, John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Fans of those works will almost certainly enjoy this evocative and finely constructed story as well. --Tjames Madison

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