Against The Law

Against The Law, a book about Tim Kirk

Convict Tim Kirk Said he and Mary Evans were in love by the third time they met. Lawyer Mary Evans didn’t say but she acted — to help him escape.

Dr. Salk looked up from his papers as the first guard walked through the door with his hands clasped on top of his head. “What—?” Salk started to ask as the other two guards followed, their eyes straight ahead. But Kirk came in behind them, his gun pointed at their backs, looked over at the doctor, and in a polite, businesslike way, said, “Just keep on doing what you’re doing, Doctor. ”
Kirk instructed the guards to kneel on the floor, keeping their hands on their heads. He removed their guns.
Terrified, Salk’s mind raced. What should he do when the shots began to ring out? What had Kirk done with Mary Evans?
Then Mary walked in. Kirk crossed to his young lawyer. “You watch that man over there,” he said, indicating the doctor. He placed a gun in Mary’s hand.
It was the last day of March 1983, one day before April Fools’ Day.

AGAINST THE LAW (Bantam 1986), a non-fiction account of the Knoxville, Tennessee attorney Mary Evans who fell in love with her convict-client and aided his escape from prison.
Mary Pentecost Evans, a bright, attractive young lawyer from a prominent Tennessee family, throws away everything for the sake of Tim Kirk, accused murderer and convicted felon, her court-appointed client. Together they executed an ingenious escape that shocked a nation.

“One of the most unusual and fascinating chronicles in recent crime history.”

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