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Books in brief: ‘Quiet Dell’ by Jayne Anne Phillips

Quiet Dell is the story of an American serial killer, captured through a series of elegiac vignettes

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips (Jonathan Cape, £18.99)

The Quiet Dell murders gripped Depression-era America, a true crime sensation whose grisly discoveries and showy trial, which took place in an opera house, played out on the pages of national newspapers. Novelist Jayne Anne Phillips first heard of the case from her mother, who was just six years old when she was taken to the West Virginia garage where serial killer Harry Powers butchered and buried two of the women he lured through lonely-hearts ads. One victim, widow Asta Eicher, had three young…

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