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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel (Ballad Novels)
by Sharyn McCrumb

Published: 2011-06-07
Paperback : 336 pages
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"Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic. . . . She plucks the mysteries from people's 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 ...

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"Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic. . . . She plucks the mysteries from people's 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 McCrumb's lyrical and poetic writing about the mountain South.

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Is the veiw of journalism and journalists YOUR view? How do you find the "real truth" of items in the news? Has your view changed over the years?
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  "More journalisn than murder"by [email protected] (see profile) 01/21/12

We liked the way the author builds character and reveals the backstory. We had to look up the introduction story (an elephant's hanging) to assure ourselves of its reality. It took awhile to realize the... (read more)

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