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Murder in Coweta County

Barnes, Margaret Ann

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ISBN 10: 0883490641 / ISBN 13: 9780883490648
Published by Readier's Digest Press / Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York, 1976
Condition: Near fine Hardcover
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hardcover, 287 pp. This true crime story set in Georgia in the late1940's was the basis for the acclaimed TV movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith. This copy is INSCRIBED and signed by the author to Susan Orpin, a still photographer on the set of the film. Additionally this copy is SIGNED by Johnny Cash, Andy Griffith, June Carter Cash, Anita Carter, Betty Talmadge, Robert Schendkkan, Gary Nelson, the director, and Sgt. J.C. Otwell one of the policeman who helped solve this case in 1948. A lightly used near fine copy in a very good price clipped dust jacket. A unique copy. Also included with the book is the uncorrected proof, nine 8x10 b&w movie stills (3 photos each of Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith) and an issue of Atlanta Magazine (Feb. 1983) featuring an article on the making of "Murder in Coweta County" with Johnny Cash on the cover. Bookseller Inventory # 2309

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Title: Murder in Coweta County

Publisher: Readier's Digest Press / Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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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.

From the Inside Flap:

"A thrilling experience for me."
-Andy Griffith

"One of the best crime trial recreations ever written."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"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.

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