Pure Bunkum: The Life and Crimes of Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford
by Cecil Bothwell (Brave Ulysses Books, 2008, 328 pages)
Investigative reporter Bothwell, author of The Prince of War
, an unauthorized biography of Billy Graham, has composed a riveting crime story about a local figure--and consequently about many associated local figures. His publishing company is called Brave Ulysses, and the brave part is true. The crimes for which Medford was recently convicted--corruption, extortion, and money laundering, most notably in connection with video poker machines--are just part of the story Bothwell reveals as he constructs his narrative along the lines of his chronological investigation. Therefore, Bothwell is a major character in the book, albeit a generic one--the intrepid reporter. There are too few books--or TV shows--of this kind. Detectives, CSIs, and police probe murder, which is a good law and order issue. Reporters also look into abuses of power, more controversial territory.
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