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"Occasionally journalists like Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe come along...whose work
transcends traditional standards of reportage and, when gathered in book form, earns for
its creators a literary cachet as lasting as that of any author. Barry Siegel is in that league."
   —Steven Kane, L.A. Style


A Death in White Bear Lake
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A Death in White Bear Lake

Now available in ebook and a new paperback edition from Open Road Media!

On Palm Sunday, 1965, a little boy died of peritonitis in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He was three and a half years old, and his name was Dennis Jurgens. Barry Siegel's extraordinary book is the true story of Dennis, his adoptive parents, Lois and Harold Jurgens, his natural mother, Jerry Sherwood, and the many others in the town of White Bear Lake and elsewhere whose lives were touched by them.

Here, above all, is a book about how decent, normal people acted, or failed to act, at a critical moment in their lives. Here are people who have never stopped wondering what they could or should have done to save a little boy's life.

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Praise

"A masterfully depicted true-crime tale...This perceptive analysis of the case by a Los Angeles Times reporter is stirring."
   —Publishers Weekly

"A distinguished entry in the annals of crime documentary."
   —The Washington Post

"A modern horror story in which the monster wears a mask—the mask of normalcy."
   —The New York Times Book Review