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A Career Lawman Will Bear Witness To The Final Judgement, As A Man He Put Away Twenty Years Ago Is About To Be Executed For The Brutal Slaying Of Two Hikers However, His Conscience Is No Longer Clear To The Point Of Absolute Certainty About The Man S Guilt Also Of Intense Interest To The Lawman Is The Parallel Between The Current Events And A Legendary Murder And Execution Over Years Old The Story Of A Great Injustice, And A Woman Condemned To Die For A Crime She Didn T Commit Suddenly, The Sheriff Finds Himself In A Race Against And Across Time To See That History Doesn T Repeat Itself


10 thoughts on “The Ballad of Frankie Silver

  1. says:

    Description A career lawman will bear witness to the final judgement, as a man he put away twenty years ago is about to be executed for the brutal slaying of two hikers However, his conscience is no longer clear to the point of absolute certainty about the man s guilt Also of intense interest to the lawman is the parallel between the current events and a legendary murder and execution over 100 years old the story of a great injustice, and a woman condemned to die for a crime she didn t commit Suddenly, the sheriff finds himself in a race against and across time to see that history doesn t repeat itself Old Sparky, Tennessee3 She Walks These Hills Ballad, 3 TR The Rosewood Casket Ballad, 4 CR The Ballad of Frankie Silver Ballad, 5


  2. says:

    Cowboy stories are definitely not my thing I should know better than to read books nominated by people who consider Ernest Hemingway the greatest writer ever even if it was for my in person book club.


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    Frankie Silver was a real person,the first woman hanged in the state of North Carolina, on July 12, 1833 Hers was a tragic story 18 years old when brought to trial for the murder of her husband, mother of an infant daughter.Convicted in a two day trial, she was not allowed by law to testify in her own behalf Her appeals denied by the state supreme court, a grass roots effort in the community arose to secure a pardon ,but it was not to be As she stood on the gallows, about to speak, her own father shut her down with the cry, Die with it in you, Frankie Modern day Sheriff Spencer Arrowood receives notice that, as sheriff of the home county, he is to witness the execution of a man he himself had put on death row some twenty years ago Sure of himself as a young deputy, he is much less so as a mature sheriff, and his uncertainties lead him to the case of the lamented Mrs Silver What is the connection between two cases 160 years apart Ms McCrumb deftly weaves both stories together so that the great disparities between truth and justice stand in stark contrast Read this book.


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    Didn t really hold my attention Weird subplot that I m guessing was meant to parallel the main story, but didn t really Odd details and foreshadowing that didn t lead anywhere and or their resolutions were anti climatic for example, Burgess mentioned the death of his brother a few times and within the context, made it sound like the death would be an integral part of the story later on of which it was certainly not And such a big deal was made about keeping the newest murder news away from a sheriff who was recovering from and injury so when he finally finds out about the case, he was like You shouldn t have kept this from me, then he overtook the investigation and that was that Overall, the flow of novel was disjointed, and the switching between time periods was confusing and imo added nothing to the story I felt like I was reading something written by a student who was assigned to write a 50 page story and only had significant material for 30 so to stretch it out, he threw in a subplot but missed connecting the dots.


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    The Ballad of Frankie Silver is the only Sharyn McCrumb novel I ve read And that s to my loss I read the paperback version of The Ballad of Frankie Silver about five years ago and I ve kept it on my shelf ever since, knowing I ll reread it at least a couple times over the next few years Yeah, it s that good The story alternates between two murder cases, one from 1833, the other from the 1990s Sheriff Spencer Arrowood is working on the latter while researching the former What he finds influences his view of his current case Watching Sheriff Arrowood think his way through the case, challenge public opinion of everyone in town, and stand on principle rather than the public outrage of the case is one of the most pleasurable reading experiences I ve had in the past ten years As for the murder case from 1833, Frankie Silver is the main character from that storyline, and what a character She s on trial for murder Should be a clear cut case But, of course, it isn t Frankie Silver is one of my all time favorite characters in fiction She s strong, sympathetic, resourceful, and courageous Yet, she s no super woman She hurts, suffers, is lonely, and has to persevere through an extremely difficult time, even when all others around her may desert her As for the writing, wow McCrumb knows how to turn a phrase without making it seem like she s turning a phrase Know what I mean Sometimes authors write descriptive narrative with flourishes and metaphors and similes, and sometimes it works, but may times it doesn t It just seems like the author is writing that way because she can and she wants us to know she can That is not the case with McCrumb s writing Yes, it s descriptive, it s beautiful, it s powerful, but it never gets in the way of the story she s telling And I guess that s the best thing I could say about McCrumb she s a fantastic storyteller After that, what else is there If you re looking for two murder mysteries rolled into one, a story that stretches across time to touch your heart and challenge your mind, and some characters you ll grow to love, then check out The Ballad of Frankie Silver.In tomorrow s review, I ll discuss a book that was the author s first attempt at writing without an outline, this after having published at least four novels with some success Turned out, this novel would become his first hardcover bestseller and he would never again use an outline for any of his novels after that.


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    edited 12 04 13 Frankie Silver was not quite what I expected from the description It does indeed interweave the present day with the past, but it is the past where McCrumb focuses her energy and narrative The two present day cases only add a frame of reference and a sense of immediacy and connection to that long ago crime In the present day, Tennessee Sheriff Spencer Arrowood, laid up at home due to injuries during a shootout, is brooding on the upcoming execution of a man he helped to put behind bars Mentally, he begins to link the case to that of Frankie Silver, an eighteen year old girl tried for the murder and savage decapitation of her husband in the early 1800s Frankie was subsequently found guilty hung by the neck until dead, but her death only added to the case s sense of incompleteness how could she have had the sheer strength to chop up her husband so brutally What were her last words to be when they were silenced by her father The book quickly delves into the past, and Frankie s story is told alternately from her own point of view and that of the clerk of the court.Due to my disapproval of GR s new and rather subjective review deletion policy, The rest of my rather verbose and quote filled review is posted over here at Booklikes.


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    I never imagined that the story of two double murders and a woman who hacked her husband to death with an axe could be mind numbingly boring, but Sharyn McCrumb was able to do it I can t tell you how many pages of intertwining family trees I read through, willing my poor brain to keep them all in order, until I finally realized that they were going to have nothing, NOTHING to do with ANYTHING How many times could we be reminded about how small and young Frankie was How many letters sent to the governor did we have to hear explained, and then forced to read How many completely uninteresting and pointless characters did we have to be forced to meet By the end of the book I couldn t have cared less about a single one of them.All in all, a waste of time and money.


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    Some verses from the Bible about equal justice under the law Leviticus 19 15 Do not pervert justice do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly Proverbs 29 7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern This book made me see that even among decent, respectable people, of good moral character, it is very difficult to be impartial, and one must really go against the flow to show equal justice and mercy to rich and poor alike Perhaps something that we human beings need divine help to be able to do Reading this story leads me to admire those in law enforcement and judicial careers who truly strive to provide equal justice to people from all walks of life, and I now want to have my eyes open to any ways in which I can offer encouragement to those who are looking out for the legal rights of the poor.In addition to stirring up my heart to care about what happens in our nation s courts of law, The Ballad of Frankie Silver is also a well written novel which tells an interesting story.


  10. says:

    Excellent historical fiction based on an actual event from North Carolina s history, the early 1830s trial and conviction of Frankie Silver, a young mother accused of murdering her husband

    When present day Sheriff Spencer Arrowood begins to have misgivings about an upcoming execution one he must witness it causes him to reflect back on the folklore surrounding the Frankie Silver case The parallel he uncovers between the two cases leads to an unsettling revelation and provides insight into the cultural inequality of the justice system, both then and now.On rereading, this continues to be my favorite out of master storyteller Sharyn McCrumb s Appalachian Ballad series but I think I ll reread a few just to be sure.