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Dark Hollow

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

The small town of Shelby is shaken by a brutal murder. A man by the name of Etheridge was found beaten to death. A local inn-keeper, is convicted and executed for the crime. Many years later, "a woman in purple" shows up at the house of Ostrander, the respected judge who had sentenced the inn-keeper to be executed. This mysterious woman turns out to be the wife of the convicted man, but she does not believe he was guilty. She visits the Judge, to challenge him on his verdict. He listens to her plea, but reaffirms his belief in her husbands guilt. Having nowhere to go, Deborah is given the position of maid, which she secretly uses to obtain proof of her husband's innocence and the identity of the real killer. However, the initial evidence that Deborah collects points in troubling new directions.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .THE MAN WHO STOOD ON TRIAL FOR
KILLING HIM?"

Unaccustomed to be questioned, though living in an atmosphere of continual yes and no, he stared at the veiled features of one who so dared, as if he found it hard to excuse such presumption. But he answered her nevertheless, and with decided emphasis:

"Possibly because his victim was my friend and lifelong companion.
A judge fears his own prejudices."

"Possibly; but you had another reason, judge; a reason which justified you in your own eyes at the time and which justifies you in mine now and always. Am I not right? This is no court-room; the case is one of the past; it can never be reopened; the prisoner is dead. Answer me then, as one sorrowing mortal replies to another, hadn't you another reason?"

The judge, panoplied though he was or thought he was, against all conceivable attack, winced at this repetition of a ques. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book had a good story but I feel like we took the long way around to get to the story. An old man is barricaded in his house for years after his friend is murdered. When his servant is killed he has no choice but to hire a woman who is at his door. She turns out to be the wife of the man who...more

Judge's son suspected of murder. Turns out for be the judge.

Nobody is above suspension… This mildly suspenseful story, published in 1914, didn’t match up to the hype on the cover. A man is wrongfully accused, apprehended, tried, convicted and executed. One could assume that this was a done deal and nothing more could be said. Wrong. The death of a convict...more

This book was written in 1914 and has to be one of the 1st truly murder/mystery novel. I really enjoyed the story line, the characters and the author's style of writing. Recommend highly.

I've been reading the collected works of Anna Katharine Green for a while now and this book is part of that collection. Her mystery writing is traditional and her books are clever, though sometimes coincidence and melodrama play a bit too much of a role (but not enough to turn me away from the bo...more

This book is weird and that is the only reason to keep reading. The mystery is not that interesting.

A good story but not a plausible explanatiom

Green is a wonderful writer (albeit melodramatic) but this was not one of my favorite Green mysteries. Interesting enough, but I definitely wouldn't pay full price for it.

Hum. This was not as interesting as Green's other books. The mystery is bland and there very little detecting. The guilty person instead confesses at the very end of the story and takes about ten pages to do so I might add. This could have been a great examination of the effects of guilt and how...more

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