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I don’t usually do this, but I couldn’t help dropping a line to let someone know how enthralling I found Eddie Dean’s story about Joyce Chiang (“The Murder Victim Next Door,” 7/30). I’m on the other side of the country and don’t know D.C. geography at all, but Dean’s descriptions of the landscape were so well-crafted I was able to mentally reconstruct the settings, and his text so evenly peppered with fact and personal testimony that I was compelled to read straight through. The piece is truly what alternative journalists should strive to achieve consistently. The Washington City Paper has always been a stellar publication, and Eddie Dean is a fine example of why. Thanks.

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Las Vegas CityLife

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