Devil in the Grove, by Gilbert King “Deeply researched and superbly composed.” Kirkus, Starred Review


Chicago Tribune

“King’s strengths lie in his careful reconstruction of the case’s twists and turns and in his portraits of its principal actors...What readers will find is a powerful and well-told drama of Southern injustice that serves as an effective lens onto the region’s racial barbarities.  That makes this a book worth reading.” 


Christian Science Monitor

“Suspenseful and historically meticulous...the author is at his best when describing the complicated machinations working, to opposite ends, in the citrus groves of Groveland and the NAACP’s chaotic Fifth Avenue offices.”


Associated Press

“King has written a gripping story that carries the reader along, to the point that some of the disturbing turning points deliver the shock of a crime thriller.”


Kirkus Reviews
Starred Review

“King traces the pernicious tentacles of bigotry and expertly depicts the role of the press, the cast of characters and the entire contextual story of civil-rights law and the NAACP. Deeply researched and superbly composed.”



“Gilbert King's Devil in the Grove recreates an important yet overlooked moment in American history with a chilling, atmospheric narrative that reads more like a Southern Gothic novel than a work of history.”


The Seattle Times

“(An) excellent telling of one of the most difficult cases Thurgood Marshall ever argued...An important, and hopefully never forgotten, chapter of American history.” 


The Boston Globe

“Blending new research with familiar stories that nonetheless deserve retelling, Gilbert King assembles a taut, intensely readable narrative.”


Publishers Weekly

“The story’s drama and pathos make it a page-turner, but King’s attention to detail, fresh material, and evenhanded treatment of the villains make it a worthy contribution to the history of the period, while offering valuable insight into Marshall’s work and life.” 


Library Journal

“A powerful snapshot of history and the man who made it.”



“With a cast of characters that seem to come straight out of the pages of an Erskine Caldwell novel...Devil in the Grove is an engrossing chronicle of a little-heard story from the pre-Civil Rights era.”
Rhapsody in Books 
"Masterful and riveting...With a rhetorical facility ("benighted towns billeting hostile prosecutors") that transcends the sobering subject matter, King allows you to forget you are reading non-fiction, but he never allows you to forget you are reading a genuine horror story...This is a book that should be required reading...heartbreaking, inspiring, infuriating, and admirable all at once.
Rating 5/5”  

HOME      DEVIL IN THE GROVE       ABOUT GILBERT      BLOG        BOOKS       CONTACTGilbert.htmlDevilInTheGrove.htmlAboutGilbert.htmlBlog/Blog.htmlBooks.htmlContact.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4shapeimage_2_link_5

Gilbert King

About the Book



News and Appearances