Books: Crime of Passion

FOLLOW ME DOWN (271 pp.)—Shelby Foote—Dial ($3).

At first the case seemed a mere formality. Luther Eustis, a sternly God-fearing farmer of middle age, had confessed the murder of Beulah Ross, the sexy teenager who ran away with him for an illicit two-week idyll. But when Parker Nowell took Farmer Eustis' case, that changed matters a bit. Lawyer Nowell was a sour misogynist but he was also a brilliant courtroom tactician who "never took a case unless it was hopeless, and it was a long way from hopeless" when he did.

This taut little novel...

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