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6 TUESDAY

Fifteen years ago, Kristin Lardner and I were classmates at Lafayette Elementary School. She had long auburn hair and an easy smile. Her older brother Charlie used to bully me. By high school, Kristin and I had fallen out of touch. I lost track of her until spring 1992, when I saw her picture on the front page of the Boston Herald. Her abusive ex-boyfriend had murdered her on a downtown Boston street, then killed himself. George Lardner, Kristin’s father and a Washington Post writer, spent the next three years trying to figure out why the courts and cops failed to protect Kristin from a man they knew was dangerous. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his first-person essays in the Post. Now he’s expanded those articles into The Stalking of Kristin, a book that makes up in passion what it lacks in grace. Lardner appears at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. CP