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Iphigenia in Forest Hills by Janet Malcolm
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On the grand scale of things a very good book.
PROS: account of a murder trial involving a doctor and an orthodontist, obscure central Asian Jewish sect, insights into some of the lawyers and judges on the family and criminal court sides.
CONS: Adds little to the New Yorker piece it's based on. Themes of narrative-construction and role of the press, always Janet Malcolm mainstays, done far far better in The Crime of Shiela McGough and The Journalist and the Murderer.
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