Caren Weiner
October 03, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Bernard Lefkowitz
genre
Nonfiction,

We gave it an A

This detailed account of a retarded girl’s 1989 sexual assault by a clique of adored high school athletes will make your chest ache and your blood simmer. Glen Ridge, N.J.’s jocks ran wild, reports Bernard Lefkowitz in Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb, while coaches and teachers looked the other way, hoping to avoid disrupting the school’s championship teams or crossing well-connected parents. (Though three were convicted of sexual assault in 1993 and a fourth of conspiracy, the first three have just begun their sentences.) This passionate, compassionate true-crime tale looks past the perps and their coconspirators to indict an entire way of life. A

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