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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb
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Dec 28, 10

Read in December, 2010

This was not as compelling a read as McCrumb's earlier works. It was still fun to reconnect with Nora Bonesteel and the mountain culture of VA and TN. For example she describes a 1935 train schedule in VA. as having to make more stops than a dog at a tree farm. Or the supposed code of the hills she describes as---You don't take charity,You don't meddle in your neighbors' business, you take care of your own, and you don't betray the family to outsiders ever. This code helps explain the main character's behavior for doing what she did and did not do. But other than this aspect of the novel, I did not find much to recommend it.

Her theme is that you cannot always believe what you read because journalists sometimes define the truth as they see it and then manipulate the readers into accepting their version. This is hardly novel and you wonder why beat this dead horse some more. She is very heavy handed in communicating this theme and you again wonder why waste so many words on it when they could have been used to dig more into the story itself.

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