A Calamity of Souls A Calamity of Souls

A Calamity of Souls

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Publisher Description

Set in the tumultuous year of 1968 in southern Virginia, a racially-charged murder case sets a duo of white and Black lawyers against a deeply unfair system as they work to defend their wrongfully-accused Black defendants in this courtroom drama from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.  

Jack Lee is a white lawyer from Freeman County, Virginia, who has never done anything to push back against racism, until he decides to represent Jerome Washington, a Black man charged with brutally killing an elderly and wealthy white couple. Doubting his decision, Lee fears that his legal skills may not be enough to prevail in a case where the odds are already stacked against both him and his client. And he quickly finds himself out of his depth when he realizes that what is at stake is far greater than the outcome of a murder trial. 

Desiree DuBose is a Black lawyer from Chicago who has devoted her life to furthering the causes of justice and equality for everyone. She comes to Freeman County and enters a fractious and unwieldy partnership with Lee in a legal battle against the best prosecutor in the Commonwealth. Yet DuBose is also aware that powerful outside forces are at work to blunt the victories achieved by the Civil Rights era.  

Lee and DuBose could not be more dissimilar. On their own, neither one can stop the prosecution’s deliberate march towards a guilty verdict and the electric chair.  But together, the pair fight for what once seemed impossible: a chance for a fair trial and true justice. 

Over a decade in the writing, A Calamity of Souls breathes richly imagined and detailed life into a bygone era, taking the reader through a world that will seem both foreign and familiar.

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 16
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

speed reader 71 ,

New to me author

I haven’t read anything by this author before. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to other’s! The characters are very well developed, the story is fast paced with twists and turns, and the ending is left open for a potential sequel. I could not put this down, and hope a second book with all of these characters is written! Very moving storytelling! Go get it and start reading 😊

Jemowali ,

An Important Read

Absolutely wonderful! Everyone should read this book. I loved it so much!

Dullam ,

My favorite

I have read more Baldacci books than I can count and always look forward to the next one.

This one I had a hard time putting down and was sad when it was over; it was like a fun visit with a good friend coming to an end.

Keep them coming David. Well done.

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