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DON'T MISS: "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" — Almost a year after it premiered, the compelling true-crime documentary returns with a special episode — an addendum to the story of author Michelle McNamara's hunt for the elusive criminal known as the Golden State Killer. Arrested in 2018, Joseph James DeAngelo pleaded guilty to multiple counts of rape, kidnapping and murder committed in California ...

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More than once, I winced at something the seemingly guileless main character, Ted Crutcher, spouts in Downing’s sly, smart thriller. Crutcher is Teacher of the Year at a private high school in the Northeast, one built on entitlement and wealth (Crutcher has little of either), where parents are not helicopters, but diabolical drones. Crutcher feels obligated, even driven, to “fiddle” with his students’ lives, to cajole, crusade, even murder on their unsuspecting behalf. Everything Crutcher does is for his students’ good. He’s a Dickens-loving Dexter, a psychopath with literary tendencies. When the consequences of one of his “fiddles” spirals out of control, Crutcher is caught in a battle of wits with three students out to uncover his demented machinations with a few of their own.

A year after George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a White police officer sparked global protests and a racial reckoning, a majority of Americ…

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