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The Ballad of Frankie Silver (Ballad, Bk 5)
The Ballad of Frankie Silver - Ballad, Bk 5
Author: Sharyn McCrumb
Spencer Arrowood was a young, untried deputy sheriff when his testimony helped convict a Tennessee youth for the brutal slaying of two hikers along the Appalachian Trail. Now, twenty years later, Spencer receives an invitation to an execution. After two decades on death row, a date has finally been set to strap Fate Harkryder into the chair and ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451197399
ISBN-10: 0451197399
Publication Date: 5/1999
Pages: 396
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3.8 stars, based on 114 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Sharyn McCrumb is one of my favorite authors. Both her "Elizabeth McPherson" series and her "Applachain foklore" series are wonderful. McCrumb takes a (true) story from the past and weaves it seamlessly with a story from today. Her charachters are detailed and interesting and the settings are haunting and real. If you like a wonderful story, history, folklore and a little bit of mystisism, try out one of her books. The stories contain recurring charachters but you do not need to read them in order. This story is one of my top three of hers.
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My favorite of this author's Ballad Series. A beautiful, tragic mystery novel set in Appalachia, based on fact, that moves between this century and the last.
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This is a well written book - two stories told at once. The author goes between a modern day sheriff and his involvement with a murder case and the historic tale of Frankie Silver. She is the first woman in North Carolina to be hung for murder. The author does a good job of weaving the stories together and keeping me intrigued with both.
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Looks behind the myth/history to see truth. A typical McCrumb novel, well written and absorbing.
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This book is wonderful.............it haunted me for weeks after I read it! I intend to read it again...........to really appreciate the depth of her writing.
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reviewed The Ballad of Frankie Silver (Ballad, Bk 5) on + 10 more book reviews
One of Sharyn McCrumb's best.
Spencer Arrowood and Nora Bonesteel are terrific characters. I loved how this story addressed the idea of whether we can actually know enough about any situation to find justice for those involved. Juxtiposing a folk legend/ghost story with a fugitive on
the run was very effective
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This is one of my favorite of McCrumb's books. McCrumb's books that entwine the tales of the Smokey mountains with her terrific ability to twist a mystery are indeed her bestand this is one of them.
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Sharyn McCrumb is an aware winning southern author. The below is from her web site:

"She is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, which deal with the issue of the vanishing wilderness, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the story of the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina; and The Songcatcher, a genealogy in music, tracing the author's family from 18th century Scotland to the present by following a Scots Ballad through the generations. Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the mountains of western North Carolina, won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature given by the East Tennessee Historical Society."

These are excellent books, I have read most of them.


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