Pete Earley’s The Hot House gave America a riveting, uncompromising look at the nation’s most notorious prison–the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas–a book that Kirkus Reviews called a "fascinating white-knuckle tour of hell, brilliantly reported." Now Earley shows us a different, even more intimate view of justice–and injustice–American-style.
In Monroeville, Alabama, in the fall of 1986, a pretty junior college student was found murdered in the back of the dry cleaning shop where she worked. Several months later, Walter "Johnny D." McMillian, a black man with no criminal record, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the crime. As McMillian sat in his cell on Alabama’s death row, a young black lawyer named Bryan Stevenson took up his own investigation into the murder of Ronda Morrison. Finding a trial tainted by procedural mistakes, conflicting eyewitness accounts, and outright perjury, he was determined to see McMillian go free–even if it took the most unconventional means…
Formerly a reporter for The Washington Post, Pete Earley is the author of Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring and Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town, winner of the Edgar Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Earley’s reporting has the bracing flavor of fiction, as if he were a masterly novelist displaying his imagination in a crime thriller.” —The Washington Post
“Mr. Earley tells the story skillfully, weaving together interview material, investigators’ reports and courtroom testimony to show how the system slowly, inexorably tightened a noose around Mr. McMillian’s neck. Circumstantial Evidence leaves readers outraged.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A wonderful story. The new To Kill a Mockingbird.” –Gerry Spence, author of How to Argue and Win Every Time