Thursday, November 20, 2008

Every one of the regular readers should read this book

I just finished The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant. It is an excellent book, sort of historical semi-fiction, mostly about the Bondurant family who figured in the 50-day moonshine trial in the Western District of Virginia against Franklin County officials including the sheriff and the Commoonwealth's Attorney.

1 comment:

Carl Kilo said...

I just ordered that book!
Have you read The Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton ? SWVA plays a large part in that story. If you have not read it, check it out. You may even thank me.

"From Library Journal
Denton, a former investigator for Jack Anderson, relates a sordid tale of corruption in Lexington, Kentucky. Among the major players were Governor John Y. Brown; his top political aides; former policeman and blueblood Andrew Thornton, the leader of an organization known as the "Company"; and other bluebloods, rich from money originally earned in horse-breeding and racing. Ralph Rose, a Kentucky state policeman who began a crusade to catch Thornton and his associates, was eventually forced out by being framed in an illegal wiretapping charge. Yet ultimately press coverage exposed the conspiracy. A labyrinthian tale, made complex by its mix of "good guys" and "bad guys," this will be of interest to libraries with large true crime sections. Recommended."