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Chandra Levy book to be released before Ingmar Guandique trial

A new book about the death of Chandra Levy is set to be released a few months before the start of a murder trial for the Salvadoran immigrant accused of the killing.

"Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery" is set to be released May 11. Scribner is the publisher of the 304-page book, which is written by Washington Post reporters Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz.

That's less than five months before the scheduled Oct. 4 start of the murder trial of Ingmar Guandique. The publicity surrounding the book promises to make it harder to pick a jury unbiased by what they already know about the Levy case.

Levy was a Washington intern who had an affair with Gary Condit, who at the time was a married Democratic Congressman from California.

At the age of 24, Levy disappeared in May 2001. The investigation raised a cloud of suspicion over Condit, who was never declared a suspect. Nevertheless, the intense media coverage likely contributed to Condit losing his re-election bid in 2002.

Levy's skeletal remains were found in a Washington park in May 2002, and Guandique was charged last year.

Higham and Horwitz have written extensively about the Levy case previously for the Post. Condit is said to play a central role in the new book.

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