A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption

A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption

by Dina Temple-Raston
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A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption by Dina Temple-Raston

On June 7, 1998, a trio of young white men chained a black man named James Byrd, Jr., to the bumper of a truck and dragged him three miles down a country road. From the initial investigation and through the trials and their aftermath, A Death in Texas follows the turns of events through the eyes of Sheriff Billy Rowles and other townspeople trying to come to grips with the killing. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, Dina Temple-Raston brings to life a cast of remarkable characters: the unrepentant baby-faced killer, Bill King; Jasper's white patriarch and former Jack Ruby defense attorney, Joe Tonahill; the hard-drinking victim, James Byrd Jr.; the determined district attorney, Guy James Gray; and Sheriff Rowles, who held them together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805072778
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/18/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Currently a producer for CNN-FN, Dina Temple-Raston has worked as a foreign correspondent in China and Hong Kong, a White House reporter for Bloomburg Business News, and a correspondent for USA Today. She lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 25, 1965

Place of Birth:

Brussels, Belgium

Education:

B.A., Northwestern University, 1986; Degree in Chinese Language, Iaoning University, Shenyang, China, 1989

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A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* a single chair sits in the middle of a pure white room. You will be taken here if you breake the rules*
Guest More than 1 year ago
she told the story the way it is told. and the way she put the story together was different but I really like the book. for her first big book she was good and I am only 13
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Death in Texas draws you deep into the stifled aspirations, collective malaise and misplaced hatred in Jasper, Texas. This narrative of small town life and the gruesome murder of James Byrd is both irresistible and almost unbearable. While not sure at times that I really wanted to know more about the very real evil that threads through the story, I couldn't put this book down. A native of a Jasper-like town might portray things differently, but Temple-Raston's take on the story is carefully balanced and clearly well researched, and her attention to detail is a real pleasure for the reader. Anyone interested in the anachronisms of race relations in pockets of modern America will be fascinated by A Death in Texas.