By Mike Farris
In September of 1931, Thalia Massie, a tender naval lieutenant’s spouse, claims to were raped via 5 Hawaiian males in Honolulu. Following a hung jury within the rape trial, Thalia’s mom, socialite Grace Fortescue, and husband, in addition to sailors, kidnap one of many accused in an try and coerce a confession. once they are stuck after killing him and attempting to sell off his physique within the ocean, Mrs. Fortescue’s society associates elevate adequate funds to rent seventy-four-year-old Clarence Darrow out of retirement to protect the vigilante killers. the result's an epic court docket conflict among Darrow and the Territory of Hawaii’s best prosecutor, John C. Kelley, in a case that threatens to the touch off a race battle in Hawaii and leads to one of many maximum miscarriages of justice in American history.
Written within the form of a singular, yet meticulously following the old list, A loss of life within the Islands weaves a narrative of lies, deception, psychological disorder, racism, revenge, and murdera sequence of occasions within the Territory of Hawaii that just about tore aside the peaceable islands, reverberating from the tenements of Honolulu to the hallowed halls of Congress, and correct into the Oval workplace itself, and left a stain at the legacy of 1 of the best felony minds of all time.
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