Dead Weight 

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Hal Hinson, a reporter from New York, has been assigned to cover the trial of a young black man unjustly accused of murder. Through his eyes, we see the beauty of Charleston, the ugliness of the racial divide, and a struggle, drawn from the transcripts of actual court testimony, between two lawyers for the life of a man accused of murder. The reader also comes to know the real character of the accused ‐ Daniel Cornelius Nealy Duncan ‐ who was the last man hanged by the state of South Carolina. A stunning story, masterfully told. This is historical sleuthing with a journalist's eye: real people and a real tragedy. Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author a heart pounding legal thriller and a poignant love story. Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author of It Only Takes a Moment. Batt Humphreys brings both a reporters gift for research and a novelists imagination to his vivid recreation of 1910 Charleston and one of the citys most shameful episodes of racial injustice. Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena

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