Beneath a ruthless sun: a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found

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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST "Compelling, insightful and important, Beneath a Ruthless Sun exposes the corruption of racial bigotry and animus that shadows a community, a state and a nation. A fascinating examination of an injustice story all too familiar and still largely ignored, an engaging and essential read." --Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Devil in the Grove , the gripping true story of a small town with a big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a "husky Negro" did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired white nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial. But crusading journalist Mabel Norris Reese cannot stop fretting over the case and its baffling outcome. Who was protecting whom, or what? She pursues the story for years, chasing down leads, hitting dead ends, winning unlikely allies. Bit by bit, the unspeakable truths behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence begin to surface. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Daniels, Jesse Delbert, -- 1938-, Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Florida, Large type books, Racism -- Florida, True crime stories
title_display Beneath a ruthless sun : a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found
title_full Beneath a Ruthless Sun A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found, Beneath a ruthless sun : a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found / Gilbert King, Beneath a ruthless sun [compact disc] : a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found / Gilbert King, Beneath a ruthless sun [large print] : a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found / Gilbert King
title_short Beneath a ruthless sun :
title_sub a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found
topic_facet Daniels, Jesse Delbert, Discrimination in criminal justice administration, History, Nonfiction, Racism, Sociology, True Crime