Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town

Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town

by Pete Earley

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This classic tale of murder and injustice in a small Alabama town has a great cast of characters: a sweet-faced and popular teenaged girl, some bumbling but well-meaning homicide detectives, another teenaged girl who's considered "trailer trash," her identical twin aunts who have bulldog tenacity, a ditzy white woman who likes her weed and her black boyfriends, a racist good-ol'-boy sheriff, a wily raconteur of a con man, three black lawyers with impeccable credentials in civil rights activism, and the stars of the story, a wronged black man and his long-suffering wife. Circumstantial Evidence is an entertaining mystery as well: If you pay close attention, you may guess the solution. As the New York Times writes, "Without preaching, Mr. Earley shows how subtle and overt racism conspired to condemn a man while giving lip service to the legal system's supposed objectivity." Circumstantial Evidence won the 1996 Edgar Award for best fact crime.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148790129
Publisher: Pete Earley, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/1995
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 357,800
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 13 books including the New York Times bestseller The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise. His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with “the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency,” according to Washingtonian magazine. Since becoming a full-time author in 1986, Pete has written 10 non-fiction books and 3 novels for a total of 13 books. For more information, you can connect with Pete online at

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