Tina Jordan
October 01, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Who Named the Knife

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Linda Spalding
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Nonfiction,

We gave it an A-

In 1982, Linda Spalding was a juror in the Hawaii murder trial of Maryann Acker – until the judge, enraged at her five-minute tardiness one day, removed her from the case. Spalding occasionally wondered if those five minutes might have spared Acker a guilty verdict. Then in 2000, she found her trial journals and impulsively wrote to Acker, still imprisoned, and a friendship began. Was she guilty? Although the question is answered, it’s almost immaterial. Who Named the Knife follows two women, their lives shaped by very different forces, who found themselves at common intersections time and time again. A-

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