In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by ten local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father’s name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob forty-five years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo’s father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.
Retired law professor Tom McMurtrie, Bo’s former teacher and friend, is a year removed from returning to the courtroom. Now McMurtrie and his headstrong partner, Rick Drake, must defend Bo on charges of capital murder while hunting for Andy Walton’s true killer. In a courtroom clash that will put their reputations and lives at stake, can McMurtrie and Drake release Bo from a lifetime of despair? Or will justice remain hidden somewhere between black and white?
Thomas & Mercer
Thomas & Mercer
Thomas & Mercer
Thomas & Mercer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I work for a small, plaintiff's law firm and after I read The Professor, I bought copies for both of the attorneys at our firm. I purchased copies of Between Black and White (BB) for them before I ever read it - I suspected it would be very good. When you live in or around Little Rock, Arkansas, you understand what Pulaski Tennessee, goes through. The first thing people think when Little Rock comes up, is the integration crises of 1959. The interesting thing is that Pulaski, Tennessee, and Pulaski County, Arkansas, where Little Rock is located, are both named for Polish Count Casimir Pulaski. Having said that, I strongly encourage you to read The Professor before you read BB&W, it will give you background on the characters and the action. I started reading this book Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. and I didn't take off my PJs, didn't go get my mail, didn't eat a bite of anything. I drank two cups of coffee and fixed myself a glass of Coke. I was just about there when my son...
Between Black and White is a great follow-up book to The Professor, picking up where The Professor left off. The 1960s were difficult times in the South and old ways were hard to let go of even for those who knew they were wrong. Being originally from Lawrence County, the characters and places were recognizable and real. I'm hopeful there will be another book continuing on Tom McMurtrie and Rick Drake's legal defense of those whose case seem already lost. My husband was a "country" lawyer and I a legal assistant so I can relate to the difficulty of defending those who most had already convicted before trial. Congratulations, Robert Bailey on another great read.
This is a great read for someone who enjoys both legal style stories as well as a mystery with enough twists and turns and surprises to keep you guessing until just about the very last page.
Legal team McMurtrie and Drake complement each other very well, older elder statesmanlike Professor McMurtrie and young firebrand attorney Drake. It provides Bailey with greater range of expression than a single lead character would offer, and makes the story more dynamic in having the two co-principal characters active and in different arenas of action much of the time.
Also adding an element of interest to the story is the Alabama football background of several of the characters, giving them a lifelong personal connection that in this novel is the basis for McMurtrie to take what looks like an open and shut murder arrest of his old friend Bocephus Haynes, who returned home to Pulaski, Tennessee to practice law and to find the men who lynched his father when Bocephus was...
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