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From the Publisher"From Midnight to Guntown is an exciting personal account of politics, power, and the law, exploring their intersection on the main streets and in the rural backwaters of modern America. This book should be required reading not only for aspiring trial lawyers—on both sides of the courtroom—but for all lovers of true crime stories, whether they love lawyers or loathe them."
—David Bowen, five-term United States Congressman
"From Midnight to Guntown is a beautifully written portrait of the complex and criminal underworlds of rural Mississippi. With humor and pathos, retired prosecutor John Hailman captures in a subtle way the individual lives of bank robbers, drug dealers, and racist killers, a cast of characters reminiscent of the best Faulkner novels. By the end of the book, the criminals, police, and judges have become so familiar to the reader, they are like an extended, if highly dysfunctional, family. Hailman knows this world intimately, and his book brings people vividly to life, touching the heart of the reader."
—William Ferris, former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities
"No book I have ever read captures with greater writing skill the color and humor of our courtroom dramas."
—Judge E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals
"That Hailman fellow from Mississippi who tells those funny stories about bank robberies—he should write a book. Oh, he did? Well, that's good."
—Willie Nelson, Grammy-winning country music star
"A masterful portrait of our culture as viewed through the peculiar lens that is Mississippi. Hailman is a gifted raconteur and a writer of rare strength and talent. He has produced the most fascinating and informative book I've read in years."
—Parham Williams, Dean, University of Mississippi School of Law