Miscarriage of Justice: A Novel
by Kip Gayden
Fiction/Historical Fiction/True Crime
ISBN 10: 159995687X
ISBN 13: 978-1599956879
Center Street Publishing
February 12, 2008
Miscarriage of Justice: A Novel is based on the actual events surrounding a 1913’s love triangle gone horribly and irrevocably wrong. Kip Gayden has delivered an impressive novel that is as exciting as the crime and verdict were shocking.
Anna and Walter Dotson were prominent members of the small Tennessee community of Gallatin. Walter, in addition to being a very successful physician, was active in numerous community activities, Masonic Lodge, church bible study and city orchestra leader, and he also had political aspirations. While Walter was attending various groups and meetings, his wife, Anna, was home with her two children. There’s a pointed change in the marriage after Anna miscarries their third child, all the romance and intimacy the couple had once shared was drained from the relationship. As time and time again Walter rejects his wife’s attempts to rekindle the romantic fires, she is left feeling lonely and unfulfilled.
When Charlie Cobb and his family moved to town, he began working at the local barbershop and quickly became Walter Dotson’s favorite barber. It isn’t long before the flirtations between Charlie and Anna spiral into a full-blown affair. They are both so consumed by the affair and finding ways to be together they fail to recognize the whispers, quiet nods, and gossip, that eventually reach Walter. With her adulterous behavior exposed, Anna confessed her actions to her husband and then at his behest, to her brother. What follows is a crime that rocked the small Tennessee community to its core and a controversial verdict that would ultimately play a roll in the women’s rights movement.
Masterfully weaving fact with fiction, Kip Gayden has crafted a wonderful novel that brings the characters to life and gives the reader a front row seat in the private lives of people that lived almost a hundred years ago. Gayden has the ability to take the reader back in time and present a believable story, that is informative and entertaining. Threading the women’s suffrage movement into the story at the onset puts the reader into the mindset of the era…painting a detailed picture of Anna Dotson’s daily life and the importance of women’s rights.
A tragic, beautifully delivered historical novel that was a real pleasure to read. I look forward to reading Kip Gayden’s next novel. Miscarriage of Justice: A Novel has a wonderful combination of everything, true crime, romance, deceit, adultery, and historical fiction.