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When he was about a year old, Sebastian Junger, the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm, got his picture taken with the man who would become known as the Boston Strangler. Albert DeSalvo—Al to the Junger family—was working with two other men on an addition that had been commissioned for the Jungers’ Belmont, Mass., home, and the photo was snapped to mark the nearing completion of the project. As it turns out, DeSalvo might have left more than just photographic evidence of his presence in that particular Boston suburb: While he was working at the Junger home, a neighborhood woman, Bessie Goldberg, was raped and strangled. Still, two years later, when DeSalvo admitted to committing multiple like crimes, he didn’t confess to murdering Goldberg—a crime another man had been arrested and convicted of. Junger’s latest is an examination of the incident. Not unlike The Perfect Storm, which took heat for assorted factual inaccuracies, A Death in Belmont is being challenged: Goldberg’s daughter, in the April 5 edition of the New York Times, accused Junger of leaving out important details. Ask the author what those might be when he reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike Kanin)