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Iphigenia in Forest Hills by Janet Malcolm
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As the tile indicates, Malcolm's true focus is not the murder trial of Mazoltov Borukhova for hiring a hit man to gun down her ex Daniel Malakov in a Forest Hills playground. Underlying all the descriptions of the testimony and characters involved in the trial is the reality that Michelle, their small daughter, is left parent-less by her father's murder and her mother's imprisonment. I found the description of the judge's insistence in sticking to a schedule so that he could end the trial and leave for a scheduled vacation (rather than attempt to elucidate the truth) chilling. Even more frightening is the control a child's legal guardian exercises over that child, even if he has no relationship with her, and his agenda may be at odds with what are the best interests of the child.
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