Books: Wellfleet Blues MIDNIGHTS by Alec Wilkinson

Random House; 200 pages; $11.95

MIDNIGHTS by Alec Wilkinson

Random House; 200 pages; $11.95

In 1975 a college graduate named Alec Wilkinson applied for a job with the police department of Wellfleet, Mass., a popular vacation retreat on Cape Cod. His main qualification for the post was a familiarity with the area; he had summered there regularly as a child, and his parents had since joined the 2,000 or so people who weathered Wellfleet all year long. On the other hand, he possessed a slight physique and no knowledge at all about law enforcement. He had majored in music at Bennington. "Music, Huh?" the chief said during the...

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