Friday, September 27, 2013

Met Her on the Mountain



I met Mark Pinsky back in May of '09 and blogged about him and his quest HERE.  The unsolved murder of the Vista worker was one of the first things we heard about when we came to Madison County and we listened to, over the years, a number of speculations as to what actually happened.

Mark has been obsessed with the story from the beginning and now he's written a book about it -- a compelling and convincing narrative. As well as answering the questions about the murder, Mark delves into the small town politics and the mindset that made it possible for the murderers to escape justice -- the 'them versus us' mentality that plagues most of mankind in one way or another.

Met Her on the Mountain will be on sale October 1.  It's a fascinating read, especially for those of us who know and love this area.  But, as in  all good writing, the personal becomes universal; the local becomes global.  This isn't an especially Appalachian crime -- one sees similar inhumanity and similar miscarriages of justice everywhere. Parallels will probably occur to you

Mark's web site has more information about the book.  (I am obliged to mention that the publishers sent me a copy, hoping for a review. But I wouldn't have reviewed it if I hadn't liked it.)
 
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9 comments:

Thérèse said...

It sure sounds like a good read.

Ms. A said...

I need to look up more about this one and see if it's the one my grandparents talked about. I'm pretty sure the first name was Nancy, but that last name is different. They knew the family of the one they were talking about.

Ms. A said...

Nope, it wasn't Nancy. While checking this one, I remembered the name was Brenda Joyce Holland.

Pat in east TN said...

I remember this happening and I remember you mentioning the author and, if I remember right, a visit to your home? I'm off to Amazon to pre-order.

Brian Miller said...

nice...this sounds like a rather fascinating story...will see if i can find a copy....

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Whenever you recommend a book, I am completely entranced. I will certainly look for this one. the last photo pleases me so much, not sure why.

Martin Hodges said...

Intriguing.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks! I'm always looking for Appalachian books and this one sounds very interesting.

Frances said...

Vicki, I am looking at blogs this evening after work, and am a bit weary from that work day.

As always, your post has caught me, due to your excellent writing, my Southern and even North Carolina connections, and I do want to know more about this book and the facts to be found at its roots.

Working this weekend won't give me much opportunity to find out more, but perhaps if my curiosity lingers into next week. I might ask you to email me more links.

I continue to thank dear Merisi in Vienna for introducing me to you and your wonderfully varied posts.

xo