'Five-Finger Discount' author hunts down old family murder in new book

Move over Sherlock Holmes, here comes Helene Stapinski.

Stapinski, the journalist and author whose “Five-Finger Discount” recounts the Stapinskis’ criminal past in Jersey City, has delved into an even more sinister episode in her family history for her thoroughly reported new book, “Murder in Matera.”

In the book, out Tuesday from HarperCollins, Stapinski details her efforts to uncover the truth about her great-great-grandmother Vita, the subject of family gossip for decades because of her involvement in a murder. Interspersed with Stapinski’s dogged struggle to find any details she can about the homicide are flashbacks to Vita’s youth and the revelation of what …read more

Source: NJ.com Hudson

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