A Death in Belmont

A Death in Belmont Review

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 police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues.

On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo—the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes—is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide—and ultimately are destroyed—in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.

Title:A Death in Belmont
Edition Language:English

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  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    'A Death in Belmont' is guaranteed to be a great book club selection for discussion! In 260 pages it manages to offer several possible topics for a vigorous airing of opinions:1. A white man, Albert D...

  • Mike

    Not completely sure I understand the low ratings for this book. I will assume they are from regular readers of the True Crime genre. I think the main difference this book has from other True Crime nov...

  • Mara

    Sebastian Junger is a great non-fiction writer in any circumstance, but he's especially well-suited to cover the Boston Strangler story. Why? Well, because the man who was in all likelihood the cu...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    I have read Junger's other blockbuster, The Perfect Storm, and liked his style of writing. When I saw this book, which I normally wouldn't have picked up, it was his name that prompted me to give it a...

  • Ericka Clouther

    This is a really interesting and responsible account of one murder that took place during the reign of the Boston Strangler, written by the author of The Perfect Storm. Everyone should read this book:...

  • Kurt Schuett

    A Death in BelmontJunger, Sebastian (2009-05-30). A Death in Belmont. W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.Reviewed by Kurt C. Schuett and posted on Great Britain's #1 Horror Site, Ginger Nuts of Ho...

  • Chris Gager

    I semi-read this last night and wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for a meandering heavily procedural take on the Boston Strangler case. I was living(in a boarding school) near Har...

  • Will Byrnes

    When Sebastian Junger was a kid, a neighbor was murdered in a way consistent with the Boston Strangler, who was then stalking the city. A black man was convicted of the crime on rather inconclusive ev...

  • Walter

    This book, essentially the examination of the Boston Strangler case of the early 1960s (but with a personal twist), is very well-written, a page turner, in fact. Yet, upon finishing it, one can't help...

  • Cathy DuPont

    Many years ago I was on an Ann Rule binge reading her vast library of true crime novels. One that was of interest, in part because it was set in Florida, was The Stranger Beside Me, an account of seri...