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We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

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We Keep the Dead Close sounds at first glance like salacious true crime.  A young and beautiful archaeology student is murdered in 1969, found in her Harvard dorm room daubed with ochre. However Becky Cooper’s book is far more intelligent than this suggests, connecting the threads of the cold case with larger cultural issues about the power of institutions, the nature of justice and our relationship with the past. – Jem