A few blurbs:
Drawing on detectives' notes, trial and prison records, local newspapers, and archival documents historian Kali Nicole Gross reconstructs this ghastly case and analyzes it against broader evidence of police treatment of black suspects and domestic violence within the black community. Gross highlights how one woman was implicated in and beat the criminal justice system in this adulterous love-triangle gone wrong.
"Kali Gross has written a riveting narrative of the crimes of an ordinary but notorious woman in late nineteenth-century urban America. She does not flinch from the harsh truths her subject forces her to face. She sketches a portrait with the complexity and sensitivity it deserves. The book bristles with lessons for understanding vulnerable communities and their engagement with the criminal justice system today." --Tera HunterMore information is available here.
"This is a disturbing book, not only because the story swirls around a most gruesome murder, or because Hannah Mary Tabbs executed her crime with cold-blooded resolve and cinematic flair, or because its spellbinding narrative will leave you breathless at times. Rather, this is a disturbing book because Kali N. Gross disturbs all of our inherited categories, proving once again that woman, man, black, white, agency, evidence, truth, even justice, are too small for the historical subjects whose lives we wish to know. This is why Kali N. Gross is one of the most original and imaginative historians of her generation." --Robin D. G. Kelley