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Shallow Grave in Trinity County

Harry Farrell

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ISBN 10: 0312206720 / ISBN 13: 9780312206727
Published by St. Martin's Griffin, 1999
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Shallow Grave in Trinity County

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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The award-winning author of Swift Justice explores the tragic story of a small California town rocked by the 1955 murder of fourteen-year-old Stephanie Bryan, whose killer turned out to be college student Burton Abbott, who lived nearby. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.


Harry Farrell worked as a newspaper journalist for 40 years in San Jose, California. His first book, Swift Justice, about a 1930s kidnap-murder case that ended in a lynching of the perpetrators, won the Edgar Award for best fact crime of 1992. Shallow Grave in Trinity County is equally brilliant. In steady prose that is rich with details, Farrell describes how a weak-minded and repellent UC-Berkeley student was apprehended and convicted of the kidnap-murder of a 14-year-old girl, in the comparatively peaceful times of the 1950s. Shallow Grave is a model of how a true crime book should be written: the text is clear, chronological, compassionate, unembellished, and quietly gripping. Farrell not only gives readers all the facts of the case, both relevant and irrelevant, he also provides three maps of the region on which the exact sequence of the killer's actual movements (vs. those he alleged in his testimony) can be traced.

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