Lisa C. Hickman Explores Case of Noura Jackson in ‘Stranger to the Truth’

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Linking multiple points of view, back stories, and extensive research, “Stranger to the Truth” corrals a timely, complex story of transformation in an absorbing narrative.

What pushed Noura Jackson, a privileged, 18 year old, over the edge—from high school and parties in Memphis to a Tennessee prison, convicted of matricide, one of the rarest of all crimes? “Stranger to the Truth” (published by AuthorHouse), a work of literary nonfiction by Lisa C. Hickman, explores the fatal intersection of Noura, her circle of dissolute teenage friends and the murder of Jennifer Jackson, Noura’s high-achieving mother.

“Stranger to the Truth” is set against the backdrop of an early June Bacchanalia. The brutal attack, as the book explains, seemed to reflect deep-seated, personal and exponential rage. Tragedy stalked Noura. Her father was mysteriously shot and killed when she was seventeen - a crime never solved. A year later an auto accident claimed her best friend. Both Noura and Jennifer reeled from shock, grief and confusion. Tensions escalated until Noura’s difficult adolescent years yielded to something much darker.

Much more than a whodunit, this fact-based narrative weaves a spellbinding tale of an impetuous youth and a single parent who too late begins saying no to the demands of her daughter who will not listen. It includes personal perspective from key figures in the case, including a juror who for the first time publicly reveals how the panel re-enacted the crime before reaching its verdict, the judge, witnesses, detectives and friends and family of Noura and her mother.

Readers and critics are already responding positively to “Stranger to the Truth.” Editor and lecturer of English Joan Wylie Hall of the University of Mississippi says, “At the heart of the mystery is an angry daughter, charged with stabbing her bond trader mother with more blows than Lizzie Borden struck with her famous ax.”

Linking multiple points of view, back stories and extensive research, “Stranger to the Truth” corrals a timely, complex story of transformation in an absorbing narrative.

“Stranger to the Truth”
By Lisa C. Hickman
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781491813379
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781491813393
E-Book | 306 pages | ISBN 9781491813386
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Lisa C. Hickman holds her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Mississippi and is the author of “William Faulkner and Joan Williams: The Romance of Two Writers” and numerous articles and book reviews. She lives in Memphis, Tenn. More information can be found at

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