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The unquiet grave : a novel

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"Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost."--

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Wood Library Association - Canandaigua PB (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9781982136413
  • ISBN: 1982136413
  • Physical Description: 404 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2019.

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"Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Shue, Erasmus Stribbling, 1861 or 1862-1900 > Fiction.
Shue, Zona Heaster, -1897 > Fiction.
Murder > West Virginia > Greenbrier County > Fiction.
Criminal defense lawyers > Fiction.
African American lawyers > Fiction.
Trials (Murder) > Fiction.
Practice of law > West Virginia > 19th century > Fiction.
Greenbrier County (W. Va.) > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Legal fiction (Literature)


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