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Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery Paperback – April 26, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
The 2001 disappearance of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy, and the discovery of her remains a year later in a remote area of D.C.'s Rock Creek Park, made headlines, especially when her affair with Congressman Gary Condit became known. Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters Higham and Horwitz expand on their 13-part Washington Post investigation that in 2008 identified Levy's likely killer, delivering a meticulous study of the case and the media circus surrounding it. The police immediately focused on Condit in Levy's disappearance. Though the California Democrat eventually admitted to the liaison, he denied involvement in her death. Higham and Horwitz draw attention to the critical mistakes of law enforcement and the media's dogged pursuit of Condit despite the lack of evidence linking him to Levy's murder. In their Post reporting, the authors pointed instead to Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique, already convicted of two similar assaults on women committed in the same park around the time Levy disappeared. Guandique is now facing trial on first-degree murder charges; he has pleaded not guilty. Higham and Horwitz's compelling story brings hope that justice may finally come for Levy. Photos. (May)
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"[A] triumph of investigative journalism. Its authors did what the D.C. police and the FBI had not done: They exonerated Condit and identified Guandique as Levy's likely killer. Their reporting was thorough and focused, and they provide readers with detailed notes about where their facts come from."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A remarkably detailed, straight-up expose of bureaucratic incompetence and human folly, set against the alluring backdrop of Washington. It's an impressive feat of reporting and storytelling, full of the kind of plot elements that seem unbelievable and are made all the more engrossing because they're true."
"--The New York Times" Book Review
"An exhaustive and authoritative account."
--"Wall Street Journal"
"Fine reporting and behind-the-scenes drama; a must for true-crime fans."
"Essential for those interested in true crime mysteries or the world of Washington, DC, politics."
"- Library Journal"
"A meticulous study of the case and the media circus surrounding it... Higham and Horwitz's compelling story brings hope that justice may finally come for Levys."
"- Publisher's Weekly"
"A well-reported, well-written chronicle of a botched criminal investigation and its disturbing aftermath."
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