Who Named the Knife

Who Named the Knife

A True Story of Murder and Memory

Book - 2006
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Like Ruskin for a new age, Spalding brilliantly interweaves her own life and her subject's in this story of a sensational murder case. In 1982, as Linda Spalding was about to leave Hawaii and embark on a new life in Canada, she was called to jury duty, sitting for the trial of a young woman charged with murder. Maryann Acker was Mormon, eighteen years old, and married to a petty crook and hustler who had hauled her into a life that led eventually to murder on a hillside above one of Hawaii's most beautiful beaches. Twenty years later, Spalding stumbles across the journal she kept through the trial, tracks down Maryann, who is still in jail, and begins a journey into memory, into the twists of fate that spin two lives down such different trajectories. The story is Maryann's but it is also Spalding's, as subject and writer overlap. Like the work of John Ruskin, Linda Spalding's writing brilliantly combines autobiography with the examination of an external subject and, in doing so, offers us profound insights into the vagaries of the human heart. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006.
ISBN: 9780771082245
077108224X
Characteristics: 295 p.

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KennethSmith
Aug 22, 2017

The Canadian television movie -- with Annabeth Gish and Callum Keith Rennie -- makes me want to read the book.

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tocch101
Feb 14, 2012

Good, but not the best. I wanted the story to be wrapped up a little better.

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