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Two Truths and a Lie by Ellen McGarrahan

Two Truths and a Lie

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Two Truths and a Lie by Ellen McGarrahan
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Feb 02, 2021 | ISBN 9780812998665

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“In these beautifully written pages, the decades-long quest of journalist–turned–private detective Ellen McGarrahan to come to terms with an unusually cruel death-row execution that she witnessed early in her career becomes both page-turning whodunit and sobering assessment of the American justice system. We walk, at times nervously, in McGarrahan’s footsteps as she reinvestigates the brutal murder that led to that ugly execution, and we find ourselves weeping with her when it becomes clear that there is only one thing of which we can be certain: In our country, meting out punishment is far easier than seeking, finding, and telling the truth.”—Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood in the Water

Two Truths and a Lie is a masterpiece—more honest than In Cold Blood and more profound than The Executioner’s Song. This riveting memoir of a private investigator’s search for the buried truth about a shocking tragedy is a brilliant addition to the literature of crime and punishment.”—David Von Drehle, New York Times bestselling author of Triangle

Two Truths and a Lie is both mesmerizing page-turner and haunting meditation on various shades of guilt. Ellen McGarrahan is an investigator with the storytelling chops of a novelist, and her tour de force goes well beyond traditional true crime. As the best stories do, Two Truths and a Lie leads us through a fascinating case at breakneck speed, until we find ourselves confronting the elusive nature of truth itself.”—Claudia Rowe, author of The Spider and the Fly

“My heart was in my throat through each page of this captivating memoir of a private investigator’s search for truth, justice, and resolution. A meticulous writer, McGarrahan queries not only the facts of the double murder and its aftermath—including the execution of a possibly innocent man—but also the nature of memory and investigation itself: a form of time travel. She chases her story across the globe, drawing near to a cast of fascinating and dangerous characters along the way. All important stories involve some risk, and McGarrahan laid her life on the line for this one. The pages bleed.”—Sarah Gerard, author of Sunshine State

“In this riveting book, Ellen McGarrahan re-examines a crime that has haunted her for thirty years. Her life was forever changed after she witnessed the electric-chair execution of a man held responsible for two murders—an execution that went horribly wrong. In Two Truths and a Lie, McGarrahan, then a journalist and now a private investigator, sets out to unravel the details of this complicated case and discover if the right person was put to death or if her reporting contributed to a terrible miscarriage of justice. McGarrahan’s eagle eye and relentless drive to learn the truth—whatever it may be—carry us with her on this powerful and fascinating journey.”—Eilene Zimmerman, author of Smacked

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