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Thomas MallonA reader may feel that O'Brien spends longer than he needs to on the years following the murder, but it is tragedy's ramifying nature to turn lives into epilogues. O'Brien actually gets the proportions of his story, and just about everything else, dead right…A century from now, if editors still exist, they'll be getting pitches for books that promise to reassemble the lives of O. J. Simpson or Bernard Madoff—long-forgotten characters whose discovery has excited some hopeful writer. That aspirant author would be well advised to turn to The Fall of the House of Walworth—a first-rate book about a second-degree murder—for lessons in how to do it.
—The New York Times