When a white man is found with a knife in his heart and his pants around his knees, all signs point to a black woman, Easter Lilly Odum, as the killer. She claims, it was either kill or be raped. In a place where white is white and black is black, and the dead man is the brother of the county prosecutor, folks find her story hard to believe. It's ...
When a white man is found with a knife in his heart and his pants around his knees, all signs point to a black woman, Easter Lilly Odum, as the killer. She claims, it was either kill or be raped. In a place where white is white and black is black, and the dead man is the brother of the county prosecutor, folks find her story hard to believe. It's up to New York civil rights lawyer Shep Riley to try and save Easter Lilly from Southern injustice.
Werner, Honi (Jacket illustration and design by) New in new dust jacket. Bottom edge short remainder mark. Unread. Slight cover shelf wear or soiling. Paper over boards. 304 p. Audience: General/trade. Fiction set in late 20th century American South, characters center on a "stunningly beautiful black woman" accused of killing a white man she reported was abolut to rape her. Author Tom Wicker had been a columnist for the New York Times, and an acclaimed author of both fiction and non-fiction.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-01-01 Subtitled "a novel of the south today," this overheated 10th work of fiction from historian and novelist Wicker (The Kingpin; Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in America) doesn't quite live up to that promise. Set in the one-stoplight, one-taxi town of Waitsfield, somewhere off I-95, the action seems trapped in a time warp. Tough, beautiful, black Easter Lily Odum is accused of murdering jailer Ben Neely in her cell. Drawn by his hunger to provide justice, white attorney Shep Riley returns from Vermont to the South, where he once fought many a civil rights battle, to protect her from bloodthirsty prosecutor Tyree Neely, Ben's very powerful older brother. Interlacing lines of (mostly unrequited) attractionębetween Shep and his old-flame associate Meg McKinnon and between Tyree and Meg, Shep and Easter, to name only a fewęmove the story along more than does the question of law: was the killing self-defense in the face of threatened rape? Yet, despite the sexual tension and Wicker's serviceable ear for dialogue, this stereotyped battle between mushmouthed rednecks and 1960s throwbacks is stagey and overwrought. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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