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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: Ballad #8    by Sharyn McCrumb order for
Devil Amongst the Lawyers
by Sharyn McCrumb
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Griffin, 2011 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

In a very small remote town, a trial is about to begin. A beautiful young country teacher is accused of murdering her father. A coal miner in the Virginia mountainside, he was well known as a drunk. In 1935 it's big news, so national journalists flock to cover the trial, stereotyping the small town of Wise.

Reporter Carl Jennings also comes from a small town and understands the ordinary everyday life of the people. A new journalist on his first big assignment, he believes the defendant to be guilty of the charges. But he is finding out very slowly that the truth doesn't sell papers.

The book revolves around the Depression era, portraying how journalists tried to make a story out of nothing, playing on the sympathies of the public. It touches base with a lot of social issues and the fate of one young girl. It also reveals the lives of the journalists who have their own inner demons.

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers was to say the least an interesting read, including the odd little piece on the small country girl who supposedly had the sight. It seemed to be thoroughly researched and was very well written.

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