Dead Weight

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In one of America's most beautiful cities, an ugly crime. Charleston, South Carolina, in 1910 is the scene of a true story. There is a trial in the town, a triangle of animosities. A Jewish merchant murdered, a black man accused and a white populace primed for a hanging.

Into the real events, steps a fictional character. A reporter from New York arrives to cover the story. Hal Hinson follows the facts, but finds that Charleston is a much more complex and seductive city than he ...

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"Joggling Board Press 5/10/2010. Clearance book (50% or more off list price). New paperback. 2010 SIBA Fiction Book Award Nominee. In one of America's most beautiful cities, an ... ugly crime has been committed. Based on events that took place in Charleston, South Carolina a hundred years ago; Dead Weight tells the story of the murder of a Jewish merchant, the black man accused of the murder and the white populace primed for a hanging. Into these real events, steps a fictional character. A reporter from New York is assigned to cover a story with would seem to be a fait accompli. The outsider's view of Charleston just after the turn of the century, still clinging to a cultural past and caught in the racial realities of the time, brings a Menckenesque perspective to a plot that is anything but a simple tale of racial wrongdoing. " Read more Show Less

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Overview

In one of America's most beautiful cities, an ugly crime. Charleston, South Carolina, in 1910 is the scene of a true story. There is a trial in the town, a triangle of animosities. A Jewish merchant murdered, a black man accused and a white populace primed for a hanging.

Into the real events, steps a fictional character. A reporter from New York arrives to cover the story. Hal Hinson follows the facts, but finds that Charleston is a much more complex and seductive city than he imagined. Hinson discovers a dangerous balance in the racial divide, a country of beauty and cruelty, and a love story that reviewers describe as Shakespearean in its ending.

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What People Are Saying

Harlan Coben
"A stunning story, masterfully told. This is historical sleuthing with a journalist's eye: real people and a real tragedy."-- (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
Ron Rash
"Batt Humphreys brings both a reporter's gift for research and a novelist's imagination to his vivid recreation of 1910 Charleston and one of that city's most shameful episodes of racial injustice."-- (Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Saints at the River)
Mary Jane Clark
"Compelling and satisfying, Dead Weight is a moving historical novel, a heart-pounding legal thriller and a poignant love story. Batt Humphreys debuts with a memorable and beautifully written book which illustrates the triumph of the human spirit against all odds."-- (Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author of It Only Takes a Moment)
Dick Estell
"… a stunning, tragic story."-- (Dick Estell, host, NPR "Radio Reader")
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984107346
  • Publisher: Joggling Board Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Batt Humphreys spent 15 years at CBS News in New York, most as a senior producer. As a reporter, he covered hurricanes, executions and more murders than he cares to remember. When he left CBS in 2007, one of his colleagues wrote, "Quite frankly, there's no one other than Batt that you'd rather have in the control room when news breaks. He worked ridiculous hours, through the middle of the night, and somehow managed to be sharper and tougher and more quick-witted than those of us who were less sleep-deprived could ever be."

In 2007, Humphreys returned to his beloved South, but it wasn't long before the lure of the headline drew him to a century-old story.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Probably one of the worst books I've ever read.

    Stereotypical, predictable, and boring. I kept reading it in hopes that it would redeem itself. Didn't happen. The overt attempt to mention all things Charlestonian/Southern was annoying, superfluous, and obvious, and the gratuitous "romance" was out of place. The title is self fulfilling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Dead Weight is a great book. It shows the true history of Charleston, South Carolina. It's a thrilling romantic novel also. Dead Weight also shows the true beauty behind Charleston and its ugly side too. I read this book about twice and I'm still in love with it. Humphreys gives Charleston its true meaning. I would know because I met the author myself. Who knew Charleston could have an ugly side? He mentions some of Charleston's greatest land marks. And the trial was just thrilling to read! I like to know about what was happening during 1910. I enjoy how Humphreys made a New York reporter come to the city, to review this trial. But there's love coming to the new reporter in this town. I really recomend this book for teens through adults who enjoy historical fiction.
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    Posted February 14, 2011

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