In Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America (Harper, $26.99) Gilbert King recreates the deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost the life of the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century. In 1949, a violent and murderous reaction by a Florida sheriff and the Klan to the accusations of rape by a white girl led Marshall into the dangerous fray. “. . . 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.”—Salon. King has written about U.S. Supreme Court history for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is the author of The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South.