Paris Trout is a vile Southern bigot. He owns a store and is a loanshark. He often sues people, and so his lawyer, Harry Seagraves, eventually meets Paris' wife Hannah. A former schoolteacher, she made the mistake of her life when she married Paris, who brutalizes her. Soon Paris goes beyond the overgenerous bounds of what a man in his position can get away with even in the segregated South, leading to a spiral of perverse insanity.
A brutal murder in a small town. A triangle of passion, power and rage.
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No sir. I told the truth about it. You can make it look any which way now. But I told how it happened.
Yes, well, um. With all due respect, Ms. Sayers. That's what we called the jury for. To decide.
No sir. They don't decide what happened. That's already been done. All they decide is if they gonna do something about it.