"Its rich case history captures the beginning of the end of the most extreme forms of racism, when violence ran rampant, aided by public authority, when the federal government was distant at best, and when a small group of courageous activists risked all for justice.  Very few books combine this depth of research and narrative power about a subject of such pivotal significance."

--Ira Katznelson, author of When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America 


“In the terrifying story of the Groveland boys Gilbert King recreates an extraordinary moment in America’s long, hard struggle for racial justice.  Devil in the Grove is a harrowing, haunting, utterly mesmerizing book.” 

--Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

“The tragic Groveland saga - with its Faulknerian echoes of racial injustice spinning around an accusation of rape - comes astonishingly alive in Gilbert King's narrative. It is both heartbreaking and unforgettable.” 

--Wil Haygood, author of King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.


"Gilbert King has done a remarkable job of weaving together history, sociology, law and detective work of his own, to reveal facts that even I, one of the defense counsel in the case, had not been aware of until now. "

--Jack Greenberg, former Director-Counsel,  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.


"In this haunting and compelling story, Gilbert King unmasks the near impossibility of defending four black men deliberately and falsely accused of raping a white woman in Klan-infested Lake County, Fl...This book is important because it is disturbing.  And in that regard we cannot walk away from the story it tells.” 

 --Phyllis Vine, author of One Man's Castle


“Gilbert King's gut-wrenching, and captivating, narrative is civil rights literature at its best--meticulously researched, brilliantly written, and singularly focused on equal justice for all.” 

--Michael G. Long, author of Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall
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