In Broad Daylight

In Broad Daylight

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by Harry N. MacLean
     
 

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Edgar-Award winning author Harry MacLean is bringing the New York Times bestseller "In Broad Daylight" back to print in a keepsake trade paper edition thatalso includes "The Story Behind 'In Broad Daylight.'"

"In Broad Daylight" tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri in July 1981. McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer,

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Edgar-Award winning author Harry MacLean is bringing the New York Times bestseller "In Broad Daylight" back to print in a keepsake trade paper edition thatalso includes "The Story Behind 'In Broad Daylight.'"

"In Broad Daylight" tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri in July 1981. McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had terrorized all of northwest Missouri for over 20 years, until the town, and even law enforcement, was terrified of him. McElroy was shot as he sat in his truck in front of the tavern. Over 45 men witnessed the shooting. Despite two eyewitness accounts and three grand jury investigations, no one has been prosecuted for the crime.

"In Broad Daylight" won an Edgar Award for Best True Crime. It was also made into a movie starring Brian Denehey, Cloris Leachman and Chris Cooper. It was re-released as an e-book on Amazon July 2012 on the 31st anniversary of the killing. St. Martin's Press published the last print edition in 2006.

In "The Story Behind 'In Broad Daylight,'" MacLean tells how he researched and wrote the book. He tells of guns being drawn on him, being bitten by a dog, and a confrontation with the killer on the killer's ranch. In addition to updates on characters from the book (including who is still alive and who has died), the book answers many questions about the killing itself, such as who was involved, and what has become of them. MacLean describes the breakthrough events when key characters agreed to speak with him, and he realized he would finally get the story. The author also discusses the nature of the moral consequences of the killing for the town and those involved in the crime. The mini-book contains never-before published photographs of some of the principal characters, including the killer.

These two books are combined for the first time in this new edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ken Rex McElroy terrorized the residents of several counties in northwestern Missouri for a score of years, and in 1981 he was killed by the men of Skidmore, who closed ranks against all attempts to identify those who had actually pulled the triggers. This Edgar Award-winner ``is an engrossing, credible examination of the way vigilante action can take over when the law appears to be powerless,'' observed PW. Photos. Author tour. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060158767
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/1988
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224

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