Who Named the Knife

A True Story of Murder and Memory

By Linda Spalding
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307279200, 258pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2008

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When a murder occurs in beautiful Hawaii, the suspects are two young mainlanders on their honeymoon. Mayann Acker is eighteen-years-old. Her husband, William, is twenty-eight and just out of prison.Linda Spalding is chosen as a juror for Maryann's trail. Surprisingly, the chief witness against her is William. Spalding has her doubts, but on the last day of the trial she is abruptly dismissed from the jury. Maryann is found guilty. "Who Named the Knife "is the story of how, eighteen years later, Spalding tracks down Maryann and uncovers much more than the answer to the question of her innocence. A complex journey into the twists of fate that spin two lives down different paths, "Who Named the Knife "offers profound insight into the human heart.

About the Author
Linda Spalding is the author of two novels, "Daughters of Captain Cook" and "The Paper Wife". Born in Kansas, she has lived in Mexico, Japan, and Hawaii. She lives now in Toronto, where she is the editor of "Brick: A Literary Journal."

Praise For Who Named the Knife

“Reminiscent of Truman Capote. . . . Breathtaking.” —The Seattle Times“A formidable psychological journey into the dramatically different, yet interconnected lives of… two women. Compact and riveting.” —The Oregonian “An honest, creepily fascinating memoir/true-crime story.” —The New York Times “Gripping. . . . Spalding is amazing in her ability to seamlessly present a legal paper trail and other research alongside her emotional and honest assessment of herself.” —The Miami Herald

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