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Four seasoned journalists descend upon the small town – nothing sells papers better than a wronged woman on trial, or descriptions of “backwards” mountain life. Yet instead of rundown shacks and horse-drawn buggies, they found gas stations and coal company executives…but the truth can always be manipulated to suit the audience.
Except that among them is Carl Jennings, an 18-year-old novice journalist from Tennessee who accurately reports on the trial and the citizens of the town. So when their articles conflict, Carl is condemned for perjury, while the other journalists sell Erma Morton’s verdict to the highest bidder. Soon, it is not the actual murder that is of interest, but the vultures attracted to the death. In the midst of all this, Carl continues to search for the truth, relying on his younger cousin, Nora – gifted with the “sight” – for help.
A stunning return to the lands, ballads, and characters upon which she made her name, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers is a testament to Sharyn McCrumb’s lyrical and poetic writing.
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By Lana Whited on 09-23-17
Book deserves more appropriate narrator.
Reading about the Southwest Virginia of 80 years ago was very meaningful, especially the idea that people there weren't very different from other Americans. But the narrator says "Appalayshun," so the narration seems to do to the book what the "big-city reporters" did to the original account of the trial. Sharyn McCrumb should read her own books, or someone from this area should read them.