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Who Named the Knife

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Who Named the Knife

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Linda Spalding
publisher:
Pantheon
genre:
Nonfiction,

We gave it an A-

In 1982, Linda Spalding was a juror in the Hawaii murder trial of Maryann Acker – until the judge, enraged at her five-minute tardiness one day, removed her from the case. Spalding occasionally wondered if those five minutes might have spared Acker a guilty verdict. Then in 2000, she found her trial journals and impulsively wrote to Acker, still imprisoned, and a friendship began. Was she guilty? Although the question is answered, it’s almost immaterial. Who Named the Knife follows two women, their lives shaped by very different forces, who found themselves at common intersections time and time again. A-

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