Genealogy of a Murder: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fateful Night

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About the Author

Lisa Belkin is an award-winning journalist and the author of narrative nonfiction books. Her career at the New York Times includes stints as a national correspondent, medical reporter, and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. She lives in Westchester, New York.


A generational saga both exquisitely detailed and majestically sweeping.... This wonderful book by master storyteller Lisa Belkin carries the reader effortlessly along, revealing profound truths about the history of our country, the intertwined nature of our personal stories, and the forces--often hidden--driving our own lives, our own loves, our own times.--Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Lisa Belkin is a beautiful writer even when addressing wrenching topics, as shown in this elegy of a police officer's murder and the path to it. This is an exquisite exploration of how our meandering human paths converge, in love, in success, in tragedy.--Nicholas D. Kristof, coauthor of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope
Lisa Belkin's Genealogy of a Murder reads like the best novels, with rich characterizations and can't-put-it-down pacing. But the story she tells is true, a true story of America and the forces that shape us--for good and for ill--for generations. It's a work of ambition and a work of art, and one hell of a great read.--Mimi Swartz, executive editor, Texas Monthly, and author of Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart
Lisa Belkin has taken an incredible story and unraveled it in the most masterful way. This is an intensely readable, fascinating book that will be with you for a long time.--Julie Klam, author of The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters: A True Story of Family Fiction
In this riveting narrative, Lisa Belkin brings history to life. Weaving philosophical, psychological, historical, and personal threads, she dissects how the past shapes us and makes us who we are. Meticulously researched and beautifully constructed, this book reads like historical fiction--though it is, almost unfathomably, true.--Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train and The Exiles
Genealogy of a Murder is a deeply researched, intensely personal investigation that bristles with tension from start to finish. Masterfully composed and remarkably courageous, Lisa Belkin has written a hauntingly powerful story that's impossible to forget.--Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America