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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (771 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharyn McCrumb Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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In 1934 all the national publications sent their star reporters to remote Virginia to cover the trial of Erma Morton: a beautiful 21-year-old mountain girl with a teaching degree, accused of murdering her father - a drunken tyrant of a man.

Four seasoned journalists descend upon the small town - nothing sells papers better than a wronged woman on trial, or descriptions of backwards mountain life. Yet instead of rundown shacks and horse-drawn buggies, they found gas stations and coal company executives...but the truth can always be manipulated to suit the audience.

Except that among them is Carl Jennings, an 18-year-old novice journalist from Tennessee who accurately reports on the trial and the citizens of the town. So when their articles conflict, Carl is condemned for perjury, while the other journalists sell Erma Morton's verdict to the highest bidder. Soon, it is not the actual murder that is of interest, but the vultures attracted to the death. In the midst of all this, Carl continues to search for the truth, relying on his younger cousin, Nora - gifted with the sight - for help.

A stunning return to the lands, ballads, and characters upon which she made her name, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers is a testament to Sharyn McCrumb's lyrical and poetic writing.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/20/2014

    " Somewhat of a departure from other books in this series and not as compelling to me. The Japan plot line seemed shoehorned in to the main story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deann Doolittle | 2/2/2014

    " I really like her books about the Appalachians. Especially those with Nora in them. I liked this books but I wished she would have written more about the trial and more with Nora. Still it was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/30/2014

    " Erma Morton, a twenty-something teacher, has been charged with the murder of her father. Newspaper reporters from the big cities descend on the little Virginia mountain community, each looking for an angle to make his (or her) story the best, and each with a preconceived idea of what this mountain town and its inhabitants should be. Nora Bonesteel makes a brief appearance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 1/19/2014

    " Not my favorite book by McCrumb, it was very disjointed and none of the characters really seemed fleshed out as much as they could have been. Was an interesting glimpse at a young Nora Bonesteel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudi | 1/18/2014

    " Based on a real murder case in early 20th century in the hills of Virginia. McCrumb recounts the trial of Erma Morton, accused of killing her father. Told through the eyes of a reporter at the trial and his young cousin who has "the sight." Very nice job on the part of the narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Dickie | 1/13/2014

    " Not the best of her books so far, but a good read. Certainly is an indictment of the press and how they viewed Appalachia. I thought maybe McCrumb had gone a bit far, but looking up the news articles and commentaries of the time, she was spot on. Wonderful ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 11/26/2013

    " I loved the earlier books in McCrumb's Appalachian Ballad series and the character of Nora Bonesteel. In this outing Nora is a young girl, but she did not play a big part in the story and it was more courtroom drama that mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~☆ Alice☆~ | 12/9/2012

    " Starts out slow but keeping going as it really builds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Rowland | 10/28/2012

    " Sharyn is as good as ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Lockhart | 8/27/2012

    " Love the new look at a young Nora Bonesteel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ~ Erin | 6/19/2012

    " Murder trial of young Emma Morton and how various reporters cover the story in 1935. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 6/15/2012

    " Not the Ballad style story I'm used to by Ms. McCrumb; I was somewhat disappointed by that fact, although it was up to her usual standards in character development and description. I just wasn't grabbed by the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/11/2012

    " A pretty young schoolteacher in a small Appalachian town is a accused of killing her father. Nationally known journalists come to town and sensationalize the trial. A young beginning local journalist covers it from his point of view. A good story about local lore and media bias. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 2/22/2012

    " I like seeing the recurring character, Nora Bonesteel, as a young child. A pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abcdarian | 10/31/2011

    " Slow start, but got more interesting. Quite different from most of the ballad novels, but neat to see Nora Bonesteel as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Ross | 5/26/2011

    " This was a very enjoyable book. Neat to meet Nora Bonesteel as a nine year old, but not quite as suspenseful as the other ballad novels are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 4/1/2011

    " Love McCrump true stories this one in particular about regional perceptions and the influence of the press on trials "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/27/2011

    " Good, but lacking some depth of character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 3/25/2011

    " This one started out good but after half the book was read, it still wasn't shedding any light on the "mystery" aspect of the story. Journalism bashing got quite redundant and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 3/10/2011

    " I loved the earlier books in McCrumb's Appalachian Ballad series and the character of Nora Bonesteel. In this outing Nora is a young girl, but she did not play a big part in the story and it was more courtroom drama that mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maryann | 2/28/2011

    " It's rare that I forget a book I have read unless I don't like it enough to finish it. So this is the second time I have started this book and will not finish it again. I always liked the McPherson novels best anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 2/16/2011

    " Not my favorite book by McCrumb, it was very disjointed and none of the characters really seemed fleshed out as much as they could have been. Was an interesting glimpse at a young Nora Bonesteel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 2/2/2011

    " This was a wonderful book with surprising twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cg | 1/27/2011

    " Loved the criticism of media influence. Didn't like the Japan inserts much. Admire author's obvious hard work in working this fiction into historical fiction. The supernatural byline (if that's what you call it) didn't really work for me-didn't belong in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/23/2011

    " McCrumb is a great storyteller... and she didn't fail this time, but her ending was rather lackluster.... Still love this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/23/2011

    " really wanted to like this as it's historical fiction. found it dry and not really likeable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/5/2011

    " This was a very enjoyable book. Neat to meet Nora Bonesteel as a nine year old, but not quite as suspenseful as the other ballad novels are. "

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About the Author
Author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, She Walks These Hills, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, If I Ever Return, and many more acclaimed novels. Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature. Her awards include Best Appalachian Novel, the Agatha, and the Anthony as well as the Edgar Award and the Nero Award. McCrumb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and holds an MA in English from Virginia Tech.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.