A Death in Belmont

  • by Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by Kevin Conway
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in 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 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, who had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.
By turns exciting and subtle, A Death in Belmont chronicles three lives that collide, and are ultimately destroyed, in the vortex of one of the 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.


What the Critics Say

Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best Fact Crime
"He's a hell of a storyteller, and here he intertwines underlying moral quandaries....This perplexing story gains an extra degree of creepiness from Junger's personal connection to it." (Publishers Weekly)


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Marvellous history of early sixties America

Sometimes an event is a lens into an entire culture. Sebastien Junger's account of a serial killer in Boston, follows the threads into the Deep South, the New England immigrant communities, and the workings of pre-CSI police forces. Junger has a personal connection to the event, since the killer worked briefly for the family. It's an engaging book that doesn't try to solve what is still a partially unsolved case.
Like Junger's previous book The Perfect Storm, A Death In Belmont follows the case from the first murder through the ninth, and on into several trials. One trial bizarrely ends in the midst of national shock at Kennedy's assassination; felt even more in Boston where Kennedy had been a senator.
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- Ian

Intriguing mystery

I went into this book cold, no idea who the Boston Strangler was or of any of the murders. The book contains a good deal of background information but for the most part it is interesting and presented well. The story is extraordinary enough to sell itself, but Junger does a good job of laying it out and keeping your attention. A good audiobook lets you escape for a while and this is definitely one of those. Excellent narration work by actor Kevin Conway, too.
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- E. Lundin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio