by George Lankford

In Surprised by Death, Lankford evokes the essence of Arkansas in the early years of its statehood through the 1841 murder of Nick Burton, a young boy from a proud family, and the subsequent manhunt in the Batesville area. Blood feuds and vengeful posses blend with larger political and economic concerns emerging from a national financial panic, sparked in part by the failure of the Arkansas State Bank. Lankford, who conducted extensive historical research on Arkansas in this time period, uses this real-life unsolved murder as a catalyst for examining life on the Arkansas frontier, even as he presents a satisfying historical tale populated with some of the most famous and most notorious figures from Arkansas’s past.

5 3/8 x 8 3/8, 208 pages
$14.95 paper | ISBN 978-1-935106-08-1 | 1-935106-08-2