By Maryanne Vollers
Revised and reissued with a brand new epilogue, the award-winning vintage Ghosts of Mississippi tells the interior tale of 1 of the main rankling homicide instances of the civil rights period. during this historic page-turner, nationwide e-book Award finalist Maryanne Vollers exposes a state’s fight to confront the ghosts of its violent prior to be able to carry a killer to justice.
The civil rights flow was once simply catching hearth in Mississippi at the evening in 1963 whilst white supremacist Byron De l. a. Beckwith crouched within the honeysuckle around the road from NAACP chief Medgar Evers’s condominium and shot him within the again. 3 trials and thirty years later, a jury convicted Beckwith of homicide and despatched him to felony for all times. Drawing on her infrequent entry to the prosecutors, the Evers family members and Beckwith himself, Vollers recreates the occasions of Evers’s lifestyles and loss of life, weaving jointly an exhilarating story of racism, homicide, braveness, redemption, and the final word triumph of justice.
In a brand new epilogue, written at the 50th anniversary of Evers’s assassination, Vollers updates the most characters and examines efforts during the last twenty years to deliver extra unpunished killers to trial. Her verdict: The ghosts of Mississippi are nonetheless stressed.