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The Ballad of Frankie Silver

McCrumb, Sharyn

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ISBN 10: 0525939695 / ISBN 13: 9780525939696
Published by E P Dutton, New York, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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In a clear protective Brodart mylar cover. In 1833 Frankie Silver was the first woman in North Carolina to be hanged for murder, and now a hundred years later Sheriff Spencer Arrowood has been invited to the execution of Fate Harkryder whom he helped convict twenty years earlier. The parallels between the crimes become clearer as dounbts begin to surface about both murders. Light bump to tail of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 1000408

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Title: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

Publisher: E P Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Boldly SIGNED By Author on Title Page

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Frankie Silver was arrested in 1832: a small blonde girl, only eighteen, charged with the savage murder of her husband Charlie in their frontier cabin. Lafayette Harkryder was also eighteen when he was arrested, accused of the brutal killing of two young hikers. Two violent crimes, two trials - and two people whose refusal to speak out may well send them to their deaths, separated by one hundred and fifty years of Appalachian history.

Burgess Gaither, a twenty-five-year-old-lawyer who witnessed the story from the discovery of Charlie Silver's body to the hanging of Frankie Silver, speaks for Frankie. Sherriff Spencer Arrowood, who arrested Fate Harkryder so many years ago, has been invited to his execution by the state of Tennessee. As the two stories unfold, Gaither and Arrowood both realize that both Frankie Silver and Fate Harkryder have hidden part of their stories - and may have shielded the truly guilty.


A riveting tale . . . two grisly killings that are separated by more than a century but share a chilling secret. (Newsday)

The fifth book in Sharyn McCrumb's enthralling series of Appalachian mountain tales . . . McCrumb threads both stories into a single pattern, a dense and lovely but very dark design (New York Times Book Review)

The mountain girl became a legend, one that Sharyn McCrumb has taken and woven into a colourful intrigue of fact, fiction, history and the present. (Arizona Republic)

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