The secret life of the lawman's wife

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One night in 1853, you are jailed for shooting at your neighbor. You are taken to jail by the sheriff your particulars are written down in a ledger by the sheriff's wife, who also locks you in and brings you a home-made meal. Unbeknownst to you she also takes a statement from your intended victim and comforts his children, prepares the report on your arrest, cleans the empty cells, tidies her own home in the corner of the jail building, feeds her husband and children, and settles down to repair the jail linen. You are not being paid for your time in the jail, and neither is she. Alderman accounts for the lives of these hitherto largely unknown women, whose work sustained the law enforcement system of the US for generations and whose work was eliminated as the enterprise stopped being a cottage industry. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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