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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Burning Questions gets a story in Gloucester Times!

January 19, 2012

A lawyer's Cape Ann thriller

A 66-year-old former trial lawyer with ties to Cape Ann has published a mystery-thriller novel — one based in Gloucester and infused with its colorful history. 

Barry S. Willdorf, who settled in San Francisco decades ago, titled the first book in his trilogy "Burning Questions," which is set in 1969. That is an era he knows well, having lived here part-time here and having grown up in Malden. 

Willdorf said the novel brims with rich recollections of Gloucester and Cape Ann during the 1950s and '60s. The story recounts the blaze that gutted the Oceanside Hotel, which began a trend that transformed the Magnolia district from an upscale tourist destination to a community of summer homes.

Willdorf used to live in Magnolia across from the old Surf Restaurant, and is old enough to remember the Oceanside Hotel fire in 1957. 

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