Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town
Pete Earley's "The Hot House" gave America a riveting, uncompromising look at the nation's most notorious prison--the federalpenitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas--a book that "Kirkus Reviews" called a "fascinating white-knuckle tour of hell, brilliantly reported." Now Earley shows us a different, even more intimate viewof justice--and injustice--American-style.
In Monroeville, Alabama, in the fall of 1986, a pretty junior college student was found murdered in the back of the dry cleaning shop where she worked. Several months later, Walter "Johnny D."McMillian, a black man with no criminal record, was tried, convicted, andsentenced to death for the crime. As McMillian sat in his cell on Alabama'sdeath row, a young black lawyer named Bryan Stevenson took up his owninvestigation into the murder of Ronda Morrison. Finding a trial tainted byprocedural mistakes, conflicting eyewitness accounts, and outright perjury, hewas determined to see McMillian go free--even if it took the mostunconventional means...
Earley's reporting has the bracing flavor of fiction, as if he were amasterly novelist displaying his imagination in a crime thriller."
"Mr. Earley tells the story skillfully, weaving together interviewmaterial, investigators' reports and courtroom testimony to show how the systemslowly, inexorably tightened a noose around Mr. McMillian's neck. "Circumstantial Evidence" leaves readers outraged."
"A wonderful story. The new "To Kill a Mockingbird.""