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Inside the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt

Officers outside a building in Watertown, Mass. on April 19, 2013. (CJ Gunther/EPA)

As the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing approaches, we’re going to see more and more in the way of stories, videos and other “One Year Later” look backs.

On Friday, the Boston Globe posted an excerpt from the book “Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery and the Epic Hunt for Justice.” Written by Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, the book looks at the bombing and the fraught, chaotic aftermath.

The excerpt focuses on the Friday of that week — the day that a major American city was shut down, something that only exacerbated the existing atmosphere of fear and uncertainty:

At daybreak on April 19, 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his name now becoming known to the public, was still unaccounted for. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, had died just hours earlier, after a shootout with police. The strain of the four days since the Marathon bombing was weighing heavily. With conviction mounting that the crisis needed to end, authorities turned to a radical plan: locking Greater Boston down until Dzhokhar was in custody. They knew the idea would be controversial — a major American city going dark to smoke out a wayward 19-year-old. Who had ever considered such a thing? Could it even be done? …

Nervous parents drew the blinds, trying to explain to their children why they couldn’t run out into the beckoning sunshine. Watertown prayed for its safety, watching columns of police in full SWAT gear canvass its streets. The same nagging thought crept into the minds of many: What if the bomber is hiding near my house?

 The book comes out on April 1.

Earlier this week, “60 Minutes” aired an interview with officials who headed up the investigation into the bombings. They discussed the chaos of that week and defended the decision to release the photos of the suspects.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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