Review: The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad NovelThe Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel by Sharyn McCrumb

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So little story, so much cynicism! A young woman in a small 1930's mining town is accused of murdering her father, and reporters from "the big city" descend to cover the story, biased and condescending to the last letter. Even the reporter who comes from the mountains attempts to use something other than hard work to get to the bottom of the story. Are there no good journalists in the mind of Sharon McCrumb? Back stories are given for most of the major characters, back stories that do nothing to deepen the shallow plot. Nora Bonesteel, the ancient mountain seer from McCrumb's (so much better than this book) Ballad Series gets her chronological introduction in this book, and she, along with the setting, are the only thing that kept me reading. This might be McCrumb's weakest attempt at story telling.

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