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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel


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ISBN13: 9780312573621
ISBN10: 0312573626
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“Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic. . . . She plucks the mysteries from peoples lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.”—The New York Times Book Review

In 1935, a beautiful young schoolteacher is accused of murdering her coal-miner father in

a Virginia mountain community.

National journalists descend on Wise County, intent upon exonerating the defendant, and on stereotyping the mountain community to satisfy their Depression-era readers.

            But local cub reporter Carl Jennings writes what he sees: an ordinary town and a defendant who is probably guilty.

The novel resonates with the present: an economic depression; a deadly Japanese earthquake; the rise of political fanatics; and a media culture turning news stories into soap operas for the diversion of the masses.

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers is a literary tour de force, examining social issues that go well beyond the fate of one defendant. It is a testament to Sharyn McCrumbs lyrical and poetic writing about the mountain South.

About the Author

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of The Ballad of Frankie Silver, She Walks These Hills, and many other award-winning novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” for achievement in literature in 2008. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than a hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.

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sharrona, November 24, 2012 (view all comments by sharrona)
This long-awaited addition to the "Ballad" series disappoints. About halfway through the book I stopped wondering when the introduction would end and the real story would begin...I realized this book is not about the actual events on which it's based, but more about the unsavory journalists congregating for the trial. No one is likeable; no character elicits sympathy, admiration, or even strong enough dislike to be interesting. Was a young Nora Bonesteel inserted in the story just to lure her fans?

I rarely fail to finish reading a book, once started, especially one such as this, written by a favorite author. I confess I would have cast it aside had I not made a commitment to write a review. Finishing it was more an assignment than a pleasure.
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Mccrumb, Sharyn
McCrumb, Sharyn
Romance - Adult
Literature-A to Z
Mystery & Detective - Historical
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Ballad Novels
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8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 in

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