Books: Baby in the Woodpile

THE BIZARRE SISTERS (371 pp.)—Jay and Audrey Walz— Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($3.50).

Crafty, silver-tongued old Patrick ("Give me liberty") Henry wanted no part in the Randolph case. By 1793, he was in ill health and on the verge of retirement from his law practice. But when desperate Richard Randolph, accused with his sister-in-law of murdering her newborn baby, doubled the fee, Lawyer Henry could not resist. He fitted on his brown wig, and hurried over to Cumberland Courthouse to appear as chief counsel for the defense.

The Randolph case had just about...