The Unquiet Grave: A Novel

The Unquiet Grave: A Novel

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of Prayers the Devil Answers and The Ballad of Tom Dooley, a “fascinating historical fiction novel you won’t be able to put down” (Bustle) based on one of the strangest murder trials in American history—the case of the Greenbrier Ghost.

Lakin, West Virginia, 1930: Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Testing a new talking cure for insanity, Boozer encourages his elderly patient to share his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in 19th-century West Virginia. His memorable case: defending a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride—a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost.

Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897: Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains. Despite her mother’s misgivings, Zona marries the handsome Erasmus Trout Shue, Greenbrier’s newest resident and blacksmith. Her mother learns of her daughter’s death weeks later. A month after the funeral, Zona’s mother makes a chilling claim to the county prosecutor: her daughter was murdered, and she was told this by none other than Zona’s ghost...

With her unique and “real knack for crafting full-bodied characters and using folklore to construct compelling plots” (Booklist), Sharyn McCrumb effortlessly demonstrates her place among the finest Southern writers at work today.

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Chapters

  • UnquietGrave 01 Open
    Duration: 34s
  • UnquietGrave 02 Ch1
    Duration: 11min
  • UnquietGrave 03 Ch2
    Duration: 23min
  • UnquietGrave 04 Ch3
    Duration: 29min
  • UnquietGrave 05 Ch4
    Duration: 16min
  • UnquietGrave 06 Ch5
    Duration: 25min
  • UnquietGrave 07 Ch6
    Duration: 36min
  • UnquietGrave 08 Ch7
    Duration: 22min
  • UnquietGrave 09 Ch8
    Duration: 29min
  • UnquietGrave 10 Ch9
    Duration: 35min
  • UnquietGrave 11 Ch10
    Duration: 19min
  • UnquietGrave 12 Ch11
    Duration: 30min
  • UnquietGrave 13 Ch12
    Duration: 35min
  • UnquietGrave 14 Ch13
    Duration: 28min
  • UnquietGrave 15 Ch14
    Duration: 37min
  • UnquietGrave 16 Ch15
    Duration: 10min
  • UnquietGrave 17 Ch16
    Duration: 10min
  • UnquietGrave 18 Ch17
    Duration: 19min
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    Duration: 03min
  • UnquietGrave 20 Ch19
    Duration: 40min
  • UnquietGrave 21 Ch20
    Duration: 09min
  • UnquietGrave 22 Ch21
    Duration: 23min
  • UnquietGrave 23 Ch22
    Duration: 40min
  • UnquietGrave 24 Ch23
    Duration: 31min
  • UnquietGrave 25 Ch24
    Duration: 22min
  • UnquietGrave 26 Ch25
    Duration: 12min
  • UnquietGrave 27 Ch26
    Duration: 04min
  • UnquietGrave 28 Credits
    Duration: 01min

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