McCracken Poston Jr.

Zenith Man

Death, Love, and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom

Zenith man

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"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.

McCracken Poston Jr and Alvin Ridley, 2023.


McCracken Poston Jr

I want younger readers to understand, before the internet, you had to go to the grocery store to get the kind of trash that you are used to getting instantly on your screens today.
25 years ago this month, every copy of the National Examiner was snapped up in the surrounding…

That time I preached personal hygene with a client I did not yet know was neurodiverse, and then came to work smelling like a skunk for days…


Early Twitter (X?) story boards that helped land a book deal! Reserve your copy of Kitty and Meowy Ridley’s story
(Certified cat-safe by a veterinarian).

Almost exactly 25 years after the bite from a “giant spider” almost caused a bench warrant and a scramble to find my absent client before being put back in jail, another bite - Alvin thinks from a “Murder Hornet” - has sent us to the doc. I suggested it might be more like an…

WITH GREAT APPRECIATION TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ALREADY ORDERED… here’s a good explanation of why it is such a big deal!
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