McCracken Poston Jr.

Zenith Man

Death, Love, and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom

Zenith man

Nominated for Crime Book of the Year


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"Like a nonfiction John Grisham thriller with echoes of Rainman, Just Mercy, and a captivating smalltown Southern setting, this is the fascinating true story—sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking—of an idealistic young lawyer determined to free an innocent neurodivergent man accused of murdering the wife no one knew he had."

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True Crime Legends Speak

"A case that simply defies belief.  You can't make something like this up!"

- Paul Dowling, Executive Producer, with Vince Sherry, Senior Producer, Forensic Files

"Was this a case of murder - or a most unusual love story?"

- Bill Kurtis, A&E's American Justice

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McCracken Poston is a good storyteller and has a good story to tell, with the kinds of twists and turns that will make readers think it’s great fiction—except it all happened.

Jon Meacham

New York Times bestselling author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Poston found himself defending a guy everyone thought was guilty in what appeared to be a slam-dunk murder case. But the amazing truth in this true crime drama is there was no crime at all. It’s one hell of a story.

Jonathan Karl

author of Betrayal, Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News

Poston is a natural storyteller in the great Southern Gothic tradition. He sees the pain, but finds the humor, too, and ultimately the humanity, turning a tale of murder into a remarkable story of love, friendship and justice.

Rory Kennedy

Emmy Award‑winning documentary filmmaker

McCracken King Poston Jr.’s skillful account in Zenith Man is a warning about prejudice, a rush to judgment, and how Americans who are different can be swept up unfairly in our justice system. An inspiring tale about courage and how both lawyer and client helped each other find redemption. A must-read.

Pete Earley

New York Times bestselling author of The Hot House, Crazy, and No Human Contact

Poston's unique voice has brought to life two fascinating characters thrown into a case that challenges our basic assumptions about law enforcement, the courts, and the media. You won't be able to put down The Zenith Man until the very last word.

Charles Bosworth, Jr, and Joel Schwartz

authors of Bone Deep
McCracken Poston Jr

McCracken Poston Jr

McCracken King Poston Jr, is a criminal defense attorney and former state legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives. He gained national attention for his handling of several notable cases that were featured on CNN Presents, Dateline NBC, A&E’s American Justice and Forensic Files.

Book Clubs

McCracken Poston Jr. is scheduling Book Clubs for  private appearances!  Depending on location and availability, the session could be in person or virtual! 

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McCracken Poston Jr and Alvin Ridley, 2023.


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"Read Between the Wines" is the clever name of this long-established Cleveland Tennessee book club. I was their guest last night at the beautiful home of Tara Brown. They had all read "Zenith Man: Death, Love, and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom" and had many great questions.…


We all know the expression, "Hindsight is always 20/20." I tried to purge myself of what I now know and write from my then position of uncertainty and ignorance (uncertainty of my future, Alvin's innocence, and my ignorance of several things, including Alvin's neurodivergent…

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Book clubs are great ways to discuss a book with an audience of people who have already read it. These are opportunities to go into more depth about some aspects of the story. Next week, book club events are coming up from Dalton, Georgia to Cleveland, Tennessee; and then from…

I should not have been surprised to see "Zenith Man: Death, Love, and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom" on the "Gifts for Dad" tables at both Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. I didn't intend to write about my Dad, but he just poured out of me into the first draft, and stayed!…

"Gnomes & MisGnomers" is the name of this great book club on Lookout Mountain (for out-of-towners, that part of Lookout Mountain has had gnome/elf/fairy/troll/pixie themes and street names since Rock City and Fairyland started). I was honored to be invited to speak to them last…

Alvin is suffering from kidney disease and is now stable, but he's still battling the ammonia that builds up in his system. The medicine made him sick, so he's getting adjustments and great care. He's now glad that making those prank calls to the draft board lady's house in the…

It's almost as if Virginia knew what Alvin would need to clear him of the charges that he murdered her and that he had held her captive. And she provided it through her writings. The voluminous journal not only answered the obvious questions of why she cut off contact with the…

Tonight I'm with the Durham (NC) Book Club! Thanks to the post-pandemic surge in technology, platforms like Zoom and others allow more of these great interactions. This book is a popular book club choice, and I enjoy meeting with readers and answering questions, so please…

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