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She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb

She Walks These Hills (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Sharyn McCrumb

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Title:She Walks These Hills
Authors:Sharyn McCrumb
Info:Signet (1995), Edition: 1, Paperback, 448 pages
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She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb (1994)

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Another of McCrumb's "ballad" series, featuring Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and his deputies Joe LeDonne (ex-Vietnam vet with lots of PSTD residuals) and Martha Ayers (who means to change the way things are done in the Hamelin, TN, sheriff's department). In this one, a 63-year-old convicted murderer with a mental disorder that affects his short-term memory, escapes after serving 25+ years of a virtual life sentence. Speculation runs high as to what his intentions are, as he wanders unfound through the Appalachian wilderness headed for "home" and the wife and baby daughter he thinks are still waiting for him in the holler where he left them. Lots of good stuff in here about hillbillies vs. town folk, Yankees vs. Southerners, men vs. women, the physical world vs. the spirit world, book-learning vs. common sense--all gently ensconced in a heck of a good story. And let's not leave out Nora Bonesteel, another of McCrumb's recurring characters. Nora knows things, because she sees things, and it's always best to listen to her. She isn't in this story much, but she's essential to it, and I really want to believe she's still living in that lovely house in the cove, waiting for the next person who needs her knowledge, compassion and Sight to come along. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Jun 13, 2018 |
interesting. was good. ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 7, 2016 |
interesting. was good. ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 2, 2016 |
Wow! I don't remember when I have so enjoyed a book. Sharyn McCrumb wove a story that touched the very heart of Appalachia and it's people. She portrayed them not as ignorant hillbillies which is often the case, but as people that love their land, their stories, their songs and their culture. It's a story of mistakes, both old and present and how they overcame and learned from them. Read this book. I guarantee you won't be able to put it down. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Rather like an up-dated Mary Stewart who-dunnit? Probably good Appalachian atmosphere...maybe I just liked the song. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 6, 2013 |
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Shefiff Spencer Arrowood contends with ghosts, escaped convicts, academics and a superstitious community. The ghost is a white settler named Katie Wyler who was kidnapped by the Shawnee in 1789. The convict is an old man named Harm who most long-time residents believe is harmless. The academic is historical Jeremy Cobb who is tracing Katie's last journey on the Appalachian Trail. Then, a murderer surfaces.
Fear more chilling than approaching winter blankets the Appalachian community of Dark Hollow, Tennessee. Some believe that the ghost of Katie Wyler, kidnapped by Shawnee too hundred years ago, is once again roaming the hills. Even more frightening, a convicted murderer has escaped prison and is heading home with his woodsman's cunning, mocking all attempts to keep him from getting to the wife who has divorced him.

Only an old woman's mystical gift of "the sight" and policewoman Martha Ayers' determination to prove herself as good as any lawman can put to rest the superstitions of Katie's wandering spirit following a trail of death. But can they stop a live, flesh-and-blood predator as elusive as the whistling wind before he kills agian?
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In the Appalachians, a historian writing on Katie Wyler, a young woman kidnapped from the area by Indians in 1789, sets out to retrace her tragic journey. He is unaware her spirit haunts the hills, nor is he aware that an escaped convict is on the loose. By the author of Bimbos of the Death Sun.… (more)

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