“The Mercy Seat” by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

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This book is a work of fiction based on a true story.  A black man is accused of raping a white woman, and is sentenced to death in the electric chair, which can be moved around the state, to be used where and when needed.  Although dates are never specifically mentioned, the story seems to take place in Louisiana during World War II.  I found some events in this book to be difficult to read about, and the reader is left in suspense as several issues were left unresolved.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

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