Early Graves

Thomas H. Cook, Author Dutton Books $19.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-24918-4
Novelist Cook ( Night Secrets ) here turns to nonfiction to tell of the murders of two teenage girls in the Alabama-Georgia border area in 1982 by 18-year-old Judith Neelley and her 29-year-old husband, Alvin. Both victims were kidnapped; at least one was tortured. Judith Neelley was reckoned a coldhearted sadist during her trial, though her defense attorney attempted to depict her as a battered child and wife. The strategy failed. The jury found her guilty and recommended a life sentence, overturned by the judge in favor of the death penalty. She is awaiting execution, the youngest woman to be condemned to death in this country; her spouse is serving two life terms. Strong writing, particularly in the portrait of the South's urban Tobacco Roads, enhances the book's grisly appeal. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1990
Release date: 12/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 352 pages - 978-0-451-40296-7
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