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A death in the islands : the unwritten law and the last trial of Clarence Darrow, Mike Farris

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A death in the islands : the unwritten law and the last trial of Clarence Darrow
Title
A death in the islands
Title remainder
the unwritten law and the last trial of Clarence Darrow
Statement of responsibility
Mike Farris
Title variation
  • Unwritten law and the last trial of Clarence Darrow
  • Unwritten law & the last trial of Clarence Darrow
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lies, murder, and a legendary courtroom battle threaten to tear apart the Territory of Hawaii. In September of 1931, Thalia Massie, a young naval lieutenant's wife, claims to have been raped by five Hawaiian men in Honolulu. Following a hung jury in the rape trial, Thalia's mother, socialite Grace Fortescue, and husband, along with two sailors, kidnap one of the accused in an attempt to coerce a confession. When they are caught after killing him and trying to dump his body in the ocean, Mrs. Fortescue's society friends raise enough money to hire seventy-four-year-old Clarence Darrow out of retirement to defend the vigilante killers. The result is an epic courtroom battle between Darrow and the Territory of Hawaii's top prosecutor, John C. Kelley, in a case that threatens to touch off a race war in Hawaii and results in one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. Written in the style of a novel, but meticulously following the historical record, A Death in the Islands weaves a story of lies, deception, mental illness, racism, revenge, and murder-a series of events in the Territory of Hawaii that nearly tore apart the peaceful islands, reverberating from the tenements of Honolulu to the hallowed halls of Congress, and right into the Oval Office itself, and left a stain on the legacy of one of the greatest legal minds of all time
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955 June 30-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Farris, Mike
Dewey number
345.969/02523
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fortescue, Grace
  • Massie, Thomas H.
  • Massie, Thalia
  • Darrow, Clarence
  • Trials (Rape)
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaii
Target audience
adult
Label
A death in the islands : the unwritten law and the last trial of Clarence Darrow, Mike Farris
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn961423227
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 317 pages
Isbn
9781510712140
Lccn
2016049024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
345.969 F249 ; XX-N ; [A16BP070, #14, 4@$24.99, DLG/ CSS].
System control number
(OCoLC)961423227
Label
A death in the islands : the unwritten law and the last trial of Clarence Darrow, Mike Farris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn961423227
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 317 pages
Isbn
9781510712140
Lccn
2016049024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
345.969 F249 ; XX-N ; [A16BP070, #14, 4@$24.99, DLG/ CSS].
System control number
(OCoLC)961423227

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