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Terror to the Wicked

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Terror to the Wicked by Tobey Pearl
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Mar 16, 2021 | ISBN 9781101871713

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“One of the best portraits of life in the early Colonies and the interactions of settler and natives. An important tale; well told.”
—Melvin Urofsky
“Insightful and compelling . . . Tobey Pearl recreates the complicated and violent world of seventeenth-century New England. Terror to the Wicked is a gripping and often surprising story of early American life and death, beautifully told.”
—Megan Kate Nelson, author of The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

“A thrilling court case and trial with surprising results that reverberate to this day. A gripping tale of justice served, written with brio and precision.”
—Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller, The Peabody Sisters, and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
“An impressive example of literary detection, striking for its immediacy and accessibility. A bravura debut performance.”
—Nicholas Basbanes, author of Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A story about the value of a life, the importance of the law, and how interactions across cultures forge enduring values. Tobey Pearl brings this crucial tale to life with sharp storytelling, brilliant research, and a vibrant imagination.”
—Kevin Birmingham, author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses

Table Of Contents

A Note on Historical Context ix
Map of Area xi
Cast of Characters xiii
Introduction 3
1. Earthquakes and Omens 17
2. Murder 28
3. The Children’s God 47
4. Manhunt 66
5. Escaped 86
6. Jury Selection 101
7. The Trial 113
8. Outside Influence 139
 9. The Verdict 149
10. Death and Salvation 164
Epilogue: Aftershocks 175
Acknowledgments 185
A Note on Research and Sources 187
Notes 189
Selected Bibliography 247
Index 251

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