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READ Iphigenia in Forest Hills ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Astringent and absorbing Iphigenia in Forest Hills casts from its first pages a genuine spell — the kind of spell to which Ms Malcolm’s admirers and I am one have become addicted—Dwight Garner New York TimesShe couldn't have done it and she must have done iS suspenseful and exciting as a detective story with all the moral and intellectual interest of a great novel Iphigenia in Forest Hills is another dazzling triumph from Janet Malcolm Here as always Malcolm’s work inspires the best kind of disuiet in a reader the obligation to think Jeffrey Toobin author of The Nine Inside the Secret World of the Supreme CourtA remarkable achievement that ranks with Malcolm's greatest books Her scrupulous reporting and interviews with protagonists on both sides of the trial make her own narrative as suspenseful and exciting as a detective story with all the moral and intellectual interest of a great novel Jeffrey Rosen author of The Supreme Court The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined Ameri. In Iphigenia in Forest Hills journalist Janet Malcolm has recounted the story of a murder trial in a completely dispassionate voice That the writing could be taken almost entirely from a court reporter's records was done on purpose I suppose to give the reader a completely objective view of the case However it also places the reader at too much of a remove from the case or charactersIn 2007 a Bukharan Jewish orthodontist Daniel Malakov was gunned down in a park in front of his estranged wife and their 4 year old daughter The daughter was the subject of a bitter custody case and the wife Marina Borukhova was immediately the chief suspect in the murder A relative by marriage to Borukhova was tracked down by police and the two were charged with homicide and murder for hire After a three week trial both were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment The daughter went to live with her father's brother and his familyOkay most true crime books are written with a lot of heated rhetoric The victims usually women are always described as beautiful even if they're not because beautiful victims are worth press In Malcolm's book the convicted murderer is described as beautiful though plain at best seems to be the truth That one example of heated rhetoric is about the only one I could find in the book and I suppose the book's publisher's sales team had the word put in there to goose the sales By reading Malcolm's book I learned about the closely knit Bukharan Jewish community in New York made up of Russian emigrants who arrived here in the 1980's and 1990's and settled in the Forest Hills area of ueens Both the victim and his wife who was an internist chose the wrong partner in life and divorce was the answer to their problems Their daughter was caught in the middle custody given to the father in an inexplicable court rendering shortly before the murderOn a sunny day the father was gunned down Lots of fighting between the two families and the whole business told in a reporter's toneNow I really don't know if writing a true crime book in a dispassionate voice IS a bad thing I certainly am glad I read Malcolm's book and it is well written in a technical sense And there was a little enough actually spark to her writing that I sensed a slight favoritism towards the convicted wife and her troubles But I could have learned as much by reading the accounts from the New York Times articles about the murder and trialI will be interested to see other readers' takes on Malcolm's book I can recommend it but I just wish I felt connected to the characters and the case

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Astringent and absorbing Iphigenia in Forest Hills casts from its first pages a genuine spell the kind of spell to which Ms Malcolm’s admirers and I am one have become addicted Dwight Garner New York TimesShe couldn't have done it and she must have done it This is the enigma at the heart of Janet Malcolm's riveting new book about a murder trial in the insular Bukharan Jewish community of Forest Hills ueens that captured national attention The defendant Mazoltuv Borukhova a beautiful young physician is accused of hiring an assassin to kill her estranged husband Daniel Malakov a respected orthodontist in the presence of their four year old child The prosecutor calls it an act of vengeance just weeks before Malakov was killed in co. “In life no story is told exactly the same way twice As the damp clay of actuality passes from hand to hand it assumes different artful shapes We expect it to Only in trials is making it pretty euated with making it up” Janet Malcolm Iphigenia in Forest Hills Janet Malcolm’s Iphigenia in Forest Hills is short and sleek and polished to a high gleam In terms of technical precision its “anatomy” of a New York City murder trial in 2009 is a flawless example of the craft of true crime journalism Artfully structured with a fractured chronology that bounces around in time filled with devastatingly glib character assessments and dotted with well honed sentences designed to land with maximum impact Iphigenia in Forest Hills has an air of impeccability about it I enjoyed it immensely finishing it in the course of a day Yet for all that it started to fade from memory almost as soon as I closed the covers for the last time Starting life as a New Yorker article Iphigenia in Forest Hills covers the murder trial of Mazoltuv Borukhova and Mikhail Mallayev Both were implicated in the murder of orthodontist Daniel Malakov Borukhova’s estranged husband Mallayev was the supposed hitman gunning down Malakov in a park as he was set to exchange physical custody of his four year old daughter with his wife Borukhova a doctor was accused of hiring Mallayev The motive as Malcolm discusses – in a rather infuriating trip into Family Court – was a judge’s apparently random decision to remove the little girl from her mother’s home and place her with her father Malcolm is a fantastic writer known for delivering lines with punch and verve Iphigenia in Forest Hills is no exception She is consistently readable even – perhaps especially – when she is making incredibly broad assertions about the legal system based wholly on her own anecdotal observations Some might find it off putting the way she casually tosses off her weighty conclusions but I rather liked it I don’t want to read an anonymous book I want to read a book by an author who has a certain style a certain attitude You don’t need to read Malcolm’s name on the cover to know when you’ve stumbled onto her work As I noted above Malcolm does not hew to a linear chronology Instead the first page starts with the defense putting Borukhova on the stand to testify in her own defense From there she loops back then jumps forward all a little dizzyingly but never in such a way that you lose sight of the process For me the highlights of Iphigenia in Forest Hills were Malcolm’s thumbnail sketches For instance she writes of the prosecutor He is a short plump man with a mustache who walks with the uick darting movements of a bantam cock and has a remarkably high voice almost like a woman’s which at moments of excitement rises to the falsetto of a phonograph record played at the wrong speedIn his winter outerwear – a black calf length coat and a black fedora – he could be taken for a Parisian businessman or a Bulgarian psychiatristOf the judge a prosecutor friendly jurist she pithily notes Hanophy is a man of seventy four with a small head and a large body and the faux genial manner that American petty tyrants cultivateThough I came for the zingers I stayed for Malcolm’s perceptiveness She followed the trial closely and her descriptions of the big moments – the cross examination of an expert witness; key rulings made by the judge; a rushed closing statement – ring true For all its ualities though Iphigenia in Forest Hills lacked something ineffable Malcolm connects with just about every blow she sets out to unleash yet they fail to generate anything resembling a lasting impact One reason I suspect is that neither the two defendants nor the victim come across as likeable or sympathetic Mallayev the triggerman is an inert lump his fractured English like a parody of a Russian mobster Borukhova the desperate mother – an enraged Clytemnestra in Malcolm’s formulation – is manipulative and strange The victim Malakov is barely mentioned and we see him only indirectly through the allegations against him by Borukhova that he was a domestic abuser a pedophileMalcolm’s inability to humanize these three is partly a function of their backgrounds As Russian immigrants who were also Bukharan Jews they were only partly assimilated and separated by the barriers of an orthodox religion and the necessity for a translator Partly though they just don’t seem like super great people The families especially make compassion difficult Both the Borukhovas and the Malakovs cultivated dark grudges against each other To a certain extent this makes sense On the other hand there comes a time when you start to wonder if there is any grief at all beneath all that anger Both sides lack the ability to recognize a tragedy; instead they see only a vendetta Another issue I had with Iphigenia in Forest Hills is that it felt reported rather than lived Immediately before picking this up I read Joe McGinniss’s Fatal Vision which Malcolm famously dissected with an extremely sharp literary scalpel Fatal Vision has massive flaws flaws that are embodied by its author With that said there is no doubting the effort that McGinniss made to bore deep into his subject case There is no such depth on display here The best true crime burrows into the heart and soul of humankind The best true crime recognizes that most criminals are frighteningly similar to us Not monsters but fellow travelers fated to journey on a darker path The best true crime corrals powerful emotions the aching mystery of an unsolved crime; the anxiety inducing need to free an innocent man; the weighty ever long melancholia of a murder victim’s family Iphigenia in Forest Hills did not spark any emotional response from me There is much in it to admire but it is too cold too distant to be really memorable

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Iphigenia in Forest HillsLd blood he was given custody of Michelle for inexplicable reasons It is the Dickensian ordeal of Borukhova's innocent child that drives Malcolm's inuiryWith the intellectual and emotional precision for which she is known Malcolm looks at the trial a contest between competing narratives from every conceivable angle It is the chasm between our ideals of justice and the human factors that influence every trial from divergent lawyering abilities to the nature of jury selection the malleability of evidence and the disposition of the judge that is perhaps most strikingSurely one of the most keenly observed trial books ever written Iphigenia in Forest Hills is ultimately about character and reasonable doubt As Jeffrey Rosen writes it is a. I love this writer's work although this is not her best book Like Helen Garner she often writes about interesting real life events This is a book about a real life American woman accused of murdering her husband because of a custody dispute The title comes from Greek mythology Iphigenia was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who was ordered by the goddess Artemis to be sacrificed What doesn't work about the story is the fact that it's hard to get a sense of the central character What does work is the chilling underbelly which is about the kind of State based interventions in the life of the small child at the centre of the story the Iphigenia Like Graner Malcolm places herself in the narrative and we follow her reactions along with the story