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A Death at Crooked Creek: The Case of the Cowboy, the Cigarmaker, and the Love Letter Hardcover – May 24, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 405 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (May 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814784569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814784563
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Known for her legal thrillers, University of Colorado law professor Wesson (Chilling Effect) employs her expertise to great effect in this exhaustive study of famous crime that left its mark on the American legal system...Wesson's efforts result in a true crime drama that's well researched, easy to read, and oddly compelling."-Publishers Weekly,

“Marianne Wesson brings empathy, imagination, and dedication to detail to this creative reinvestigation of a landmark Supreme Court decision. Meticulously researched, A Death at Crooked Creek reads like the best kind of historical novel and reminds us that behind every famous court case were the lives of real people and families.”-Alafair Burke,author of Long Gone

"[A] riveting historical investigation of murder, insurance fraud, and a Supreme Court ruling."- Library Journal ,

"This is an extraordinary and ground-breaking book, a wonderfully creative mix of fact and theory, imagination and drama. Anyone with an interest in law, history, or, for that matter, great storytelling will fall in love with A Death at Crooked Creek. The startling origin of the complex 'intention exception' to the hearsay evidence rule becomes canvas on which a grand and marvelously detailed tale is told. This is modern narrative at its best: a marriage of spectacular writing and hard, documented truth presented by a brilliant author who doubles as a gifted and fastidious legal scholar and historian."-Andrew Popper,American University

"The story of the Hillmon trials has all the hallmarks of a compelling mystery, including hidden pieces of evidence and witnesses changing their testimony....A Death at Crooked Creek is a riveting and well-researched account of the intersection of modern forensics and a cold case from the Old West, one that led to a rule of evidence still in use today.  A helpful timeline of events and a list of important characters are provided, and the index is thorough and useful.  This intriguing true-crime story that made it to the Supreme Court is highly recommended for law, general academic, and public libraries."-Stephanie Ziegler ,Law Library Journal

About the Author

Marianne Wesson is Professor of Law and President’s Teaching Scholar, University of Colorado Law School. She is the author of best-selling and prize-winning legal novels including Render up the Body, A Suggestion of Death, and Chilling Effect. She lives in a Colorado mountain valley with her husband, llamas, dogs, and visiting wildlife.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Babcock on July 6, 2013
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In my weekly ransacking of the public library's New Books shelf, I find many worthy nonfiction books. Among this wealth of enjoyable reading, "A Death at Crooked Creek" stands out. Having tried my hand at publishing novels, I recognize the craft with which Professor Wesson constructed this great historical mystery in the form of a novel where her own part in the unraveling is as interesting as the underlying story itself. And what a story---six trials!---plus a superb surprise ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Coburn on July 2, 2014
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The primary event of this story took place near 99 Springs, a summer resort north of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. I have passed the location, Crooked Creek, on Highway 281 many times on my way to 99 Springs.

The story line is intriguing with all of the various twists and turns. The Supreme Court ruling on here say evidence was a stunner.

The ending is outstanding. Marianne Wesson has produced a masterful presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fire Penguin XVI on September 6, 2013
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It's a great read. The Author includes her thoughts about what the people were thinking and feeling, and it makes it more interesting. It goes in and out from novel to historical analysis.
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