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Murder in Coweta County received the coveted Edgar Allan Poe Special Award as an outstanding fact-crime study by the Mystery Writers of America and has been used in sociology and criminal law courses at schools and universities throughout the United States. Filmed as a CBS television movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith in 1983, the story gained even more acclaim and is still available on video and DVD.
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"A thrilling experience for me."
"One of the best crime trial recreations ever written."
"This not-to-be-missed story, vividly and compellingly [brings] the small town South to life as dramatically as some of the pages of Faulkner and Welty."
-Boston Herald Advertiser
"Pick any superlative you want to describe the spell-binding way Margaret Anne Barnes tells this true story."
-Newport News Daily Press
"Fascinating. In an age when all of the heroes have died, believe in Lamar Potts."
-Richmond News Leader
John Wallace was a powerful, feared man whose family holdings in Meriwether County, Georgia, were known as "the kingdom." But when he killed a poor tenant farmer in front of eight witnesses, the law was bound to catch up with him. In his contempt for the law, Wallace had inadvertently crossed the county line from Meriwether into Coweta, Sheriff Lamar Potts's county. And the sheriff pursued him relentlessly. Potts ignored threats and pleas as he conducted his investigation; arrested the sheriff of Meriwether County, who was protecting Wallace; and eventually scraped up just enough corpus delicti to fill a small cartridge box.
The trial that followed was the first in Georgia in which a white man-and one who held such great power locally-was convicted on the testimony of black witnesses. Despite numerous appeals and delays, Wallace was finally executed, and Potts became the embodiment of justice in Coweta County.
Not only is this a true story of a brutal murder that took place in the rural South, but it is a chillingly realistic reconstruction of both the crime and the brilliant investigation that brought the culprit to justice. The atmosphere and social structure of rustic Georgia in 1948 come alive in this fascinating book while the actions and attitudes of the residents leap from the pages with a stunning authenticity. Sheriff Lamar Potts emerges as a brave and honest man of action determined to see justice done.
Author Margaret Anne Barnes studied journalism at the University of Georgia. She received such honors as the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Georgia Author of the Year Award. The native of Coweta County lived in Decatur, Georgia, before her death in 2007.About the Author:
Margaret Anne Barnes, author and journalist, was a native of Coweta County and lived in Decatur, Georgia, before her death in 2007. In addition to receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award for Murder in Coweta County, she was named Georgia Author of the Year for her second book, A Buzzard Is My Best Friend.
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Book Description Reader's Digest Press : distributed by T. Y. Crowell, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0883490641