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
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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.

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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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I'm concentrating on some court cases coming up as this book continues to reach people all over the world, and also just down the road! I met with a surprisingly large book club yesterday, based in Woodstation. It was nice to see some people I hadn't seen in years. Alvin called

I've been telling these stories to anyone who would listen for a quarter of a century! Of course, for the first twenty-two years, I did not know about Alvin's neurodiversity - that he is on the autism spectrum. Back then, no one talked about autism in adults. Alvin fits the

I remember when the tornado of 2011 destroyed parts of our town, and the sense of loss when everyone thought that Ralph A. Greene, or "Turnaround" was a casualty. I also remember the joy everyone expressed when we learned he was just displaced, and would again be that comforting

Readers from far away have asked me questions about Alvin during his heyday, before his business closed in 1984 and solid-state circuitry. Please leave a comment below about your family's dealings with salesperson and TV repairman Alvin Ridley! Someone told me recently Alvin once

"Is hypergraphia - the compulsive need to write - a gift or a curse?"
To Alvin Ridley, it was a loving gift from his wife of thirty-one years. From the content of the writings, it seemed to be something Virginia enjoyed doing. It clearly helped that

From the seizure of the Chevy Van in 1984 to Virginia's 1997 death, Alvin regularly posted things like this on the front of the shuttered Zenith TV shop, on the inside of the glass facing out. While I've suspected that Virginia wrote many of his legal pleadings, or "emotions" as

From today's ABA Bar Journal: Lawyer's true-crime book explores how he defended a neurodivergent client charged with murder via @ABAJournal

"EMOTIONAL" SUPPORT - Years of civil litigation - some might say technically frivolous - kept Alvin and Virginia's hope for justice alive. Many included "Emotions" (motions) for a court to do this or that. This was supported by streams of correspondence to and from various

I enjoyed meeting many old and new friends at Ringgold's "Dolly Days" on Saturday - and thanks to Babs Bell at "A Fern & A Feather General Store", who sold fifty books!
Amazon, for the moment, is continuing its "limited time deal" on the book as well:

Can a person with autism fall in love? Of course, but like in any other relationship, there are challenges. As one of the few people to read all of Virginia's thirty-one-year journal, and with talking to Alvin for over the past twenty-six years, I can attest to a deep and abiding

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