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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel (Ballad Novels Book 8) by [McCrumb, Sharyn]
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In 1935, the case of an Appalachian schoolteacher arrested for murdering her father becomes a national news story, seized on by the press for its sensationalism and the opportunity to mock the rural inhabitants involved. Competing with a brigade of city journalists is novice Tennessee newspaperman Carl Jenkins, whose obsession with the truth leads him to call in his cousin Nora, gifted with second sight—but what, exactly, can he report with no concrete evidence? The latest in McCrumb's Appalachian Ballad series (after 2003's Ghost Riders) is decidedly mixed; McCrumb's grasp of setting and character instantly immerses readers in the worlds of both the sympathetic locals and the cynical city press. Her plot, part mystery and part cautionary tale, is passable, but leaves nothing for readers to work out on their own. Dialogue, which stretches for authentic, often feels awkward and stilted; though fans will be familiar with the style, new readers will likely be frustrated. (June)
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“The story begins with a train ride, a magic carpet that carries us back to the year 1935 and into the heart of a famous murder trial. As we head for the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, we get to know the characters, those journalists and photographers and sensation-seekers who always turn up for a good spectacle. 

“Sharyn McCrumb re-creates this time and place with such precision, the reader forgets that seventy-five years have passed since that faraway event in that isolated place where the outer world clashes with superstition and folklore. This is storytelling as those Celtic bards meant it to be: lyrical, haunting, and truly unforgettable.” --Cathie Pelletier, author of The Funeral Makers and Running the Bulls

“Wow! Sharyn McCrumb is not just a writer---in fact, she’s a conjurer, a genius, a wordsmith, an entertainer, a wit, a scholar, a wise woman, and a storyteller of the first rank. The Devil Amongst the Lawyers is flat-out brilliant and transcendent, a book that gets everything exactly right. Simply put, novels don’t come any better than this.” --Martin Clark, author of The Legal Limit and The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living 

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers is a superb novel that, once started, is so well written and so expertly researched that readers will find it impossible to put down. It is also a scathing indictment of how Appalachia has been, and continues to be, stereotyped by a supposedly objective media. Bravo!” --Ron Rash, author of Serena

More Praise for Sharyn McCrumb:
“There are few writers today who are able to blend past and present, tradition and law, legends and headlines in a wholly credible fashion-- Tony Hillerman springs  inevitably to mind.  Shary...


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  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 22, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHYC6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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