A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne

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A New York Times Notable Book. Set in the Washington, D.C., suburbs during the summer of the Watergate break-ins, Berne's assured, skillful first novel is about what can happen when a child's accusation is the only lead in a case of sexual assault and murder. A BOOK -OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB selection.

About Suzanne Berne

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Suzanne Berne lives with her husband and their two daughters outside Boston and currently teaches in Havard University's English department. She has published fiction and essays in numerous magazines and been a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood won Great Britian's Orange Prize and was also a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times and the Edgar Allan Poe first fiction awards.
Published January 6, 1997 by Algonquin Books. 294 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While shaken residents organized a neighborhood watch program and clued detectives in on anyone's suspicious behavior, the inhabitants of at least one house were distracted by a tragedy of their own: Ten-year-old Marsha Eberhardt's father, Larry, had run off with his sister-in-law, leaving his wi...

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Set in 1972, against the steamy summer of a Washington, D.C., suburb filled with the buzz of locusts and Walter Cronkite's breaking news reports on Watergate, Berne's marvelously controlled first novel explores the effect of a boy's brutal murder on a community and on a 10-year-old girl, a neighb...

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