On a dark Mississippi night in 1960, a young black Civil Rights leader is murdered, ripped apart by a shotgun blast and left to die in a ditch beside a lonely country road. No arrest is ever made and the murder is never solved.
Decades later, the nearly forgotten slaying is resurrected, with deadly consequences. Jefferson Trannon, an Ole Miss law professor, and Ella Garrity, a New York Times reporter, stumble upon long-hidden documents and a shocking witness that, together, could unlock the explosive secrets of the brutal killing.
Following a trail of hatred and violence, the unlikely partners—Jeff, the son of a revered Civil Rights crusader, and Ella, the granddaughter of a leader of the KKK—are drawn into a deadly conspiracy that sends them hurtling through the dark history of racism in the Old South and into the frightening shadows of the politics of the New South. Along the way, they are confronted by murder, betrayal, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, the stunning truth behind the mystery.
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist and former prosecutor Jack Ford infuses The Walls of Jericho with grit and an insider’s view of the legal system, weaving together a tale rife with classic Southern charm and powerful Southern retribution—where nothing is truly as it seems, and secrecy trumps all.
“The Walls of Jericho is a stunning crime novel–a murder set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, with a search for truth that has never seemed more complex nor more soul-wrenching. This book is Jack Ford at his best, a courtroom drama from an insider who knows where all the bones are buried.”
~Linda Fairstein, best-selling author of Death Angel and the Alexandra Cooper crime novels.