A Silence of Mockingbirds
The Memoir of a Murder
By Karen Spears Zacharias
(MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Hardcover, 9781596923751, 317pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
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Spears Zacharias never anticipated that she
would become one of the characters involved
in a high-profile murder. But when she
reconnects with a young woman named Sarah,
who lived in the Zacharias home at one time
and was treated like family, Karen discovers
that something unspeakable has happened
to Sarah's daughter, Karly. Compelled to
consider her own culpability in this tragic
case, Karen pieces together what happened to
Karly through court documents, investigators'
interviews, and interviews with friends, family,
law enforcement officials, and key witnesses.
As the terrible story unfolds, the hard question
emerges for everyone involved, indeed all of
us: Why was no cry raised to protect Karly?
This is also the story of a father's unrelenting
love for his daughter, an immigrant's tragic
struggle for redemption, and a journalist's
urgent call for change.