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The Ballad of Frankie Silver
The Ballad of Frankie Silver: A Ballad Novel | Sharyn McCrumb
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The New York Times Bestseller Set in the Appalachian wilderness and blending legends and folklore with high suspense, this stellar novel, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, is considered one of McCrumb's crowning achievements. In 1833 Frankie Silver was an eighteen-year-old girl convicted of murder in Burke County, North Carolina. Through a detailed investigation, the local sheriff, and soon all the townsfolk, discover reason to question her guilt---but the wheels of justice were mercilessly unstoppable, and she was hanged. Now, more than a century later, another woman is convicted of murder in the lush hills of Tennessee. Her life is in the hands of Spencer Arrowood, a man who begins to discover that the convictions of these two women have deep and haunting parallels. Although Frankie's fate cannot be changed, there is still time to alter the fate of another innocent woman. In a voice that could only be Sharyn McCrumb's, the worlds of these two murders, these two women, intersect in this densely plotted and lyrical noveland characters, generations, and history are breathlessly painted against an Appalachian canvas.
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I listened to the audio and found it captivating. McCrumb revives the true tale of Frankie Silver, a woman hanged for murdering her husband in the 1830s. Her father's message to "Die with it in you, Frankie" haunt a sheriff more than100 years later, causing him to question whether he wrongly sent a man to prison 20 years prior. As the inmate faces the electric chair in Nashville, Tennessee, the sheriff rushes to find the truth. #truecrime

lynneamch While published in 1998, death penalty questions remain today. The method has changed from hanging, to the electric chair, to lethal injection. Another execution is scheduled next week in Tennessee for a man convicted of killing 2 men during a drug deal 34 years ago. The Tennessee Supreme Court is currently hearing a case filed by 32 death row inmates who claim the current method is a violation of the 8th ammendment. 11mo
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