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|| In examining the still-unsolved 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxleyin 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, morerecently, John Berendt's...
|| Electronic reproduction. New York : Arcade Publishing, 2013. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1011 KB).