Midnight Assassin

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On the night of December 1,1900, Iowa farmer John Hossack was attacked and killed while he slept at home beside his wife, Margaret. On April 11, 1901, after five days of testimony before an all-male jury, Margaret Hossack was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life in prison. One year later, she was released on bail to await a retrial; jurors at this second trial could not reach a decision, and she was freed. She died August 25, 1916, leaving the mystery of her ...

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Overview

On the night of December 1,1900, Iowa farmer John Hossack was attacked and killed while he slept at home beside his wife, Margaret. On April 11, 1901, after five days of testimony before an all-male jury, Margaret Hossack was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life in prison. One year later, she was released on bail to await a retrial; jurors at this second trial could not reach a decision, and she was freed. She died August 25, 1916, leaving the mystery of her husband's death unsolved.

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 "[An] engrossing real-life whodunit."—USA Today

"Aficionados of the unsolved case may find a delectable example in this retelling of the little-known but gruesome murder of an Iowa farmer. Meticulously but briskly rendered mystery."—Kirkus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587296055
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Series: Bur Oak Book
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 816,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Bryan is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With Thomas Wolf, she is the author of Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland (Iowa paperback, 2007) and numerous articles on Susan Glaspell. Thomas Wolf received his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; he is now a writing consultant for the Association of American Medical Colleges. They live in Chapel Hill with their three sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    Villisca comes to Indianola

    Great read. Didn't want to put it down. If you are familiar with the Villisca axe murders, this book is a must read.

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