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By Mike Farris

Lies, homicide, and a mythical court conflict threaten to rip aside the Territory of Hawaii.

In September of 1931, Thalia Massie, a tender naval lieutenant’s spouse, claims to were raped by way of 5 Hawaiian males in Honolulu. Following a hung jury within the rape trial, Thalia’s mom, socialite Grace Fortescue, and husband, besides sailors, kidnap one of many accused in an try and coerce a confession. after they are stuck after killing him and attempting to unload his physique within the ocean, Mrs. Fortescue’s society pals bring up sufficient cash to rent seventy-four-year-old Clarence Darrow out of retirement to safeguard the vigilante killers. the result's an epic court conflict among Darrow and the Territory of Hawaii’s best prosecutor, John C. Kelley, in a case that threatens to the touch off a race conflict in Hawaii and ends up in one of many maximum miscarriages of justice in American history.

Written within the variety of a unique, yet meticulously following the ancient checklist, A loss of life within the Islands weaves a narrative of lies, deception, psychological sickness, racism, revenge, and murder—a sequence of occasions within the Territory of Hawaii that almost tore aside the peaceable islands, reverberating from the tenements of Honolulu to the hallowed halls of Congress, and correct into the Oval place of work itself, and left a stain at the legacy of 1 of the best criminal minds of all time.

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