Don’t miss this “fascinating and frightening” psychological thriller “if you were a fan of HBO’s The Jinx or Netflix’s Making a Murderer” (The Huffington Post). On a stormy fall night in the northern woods of Minnesota, a writer returns to the lake house where he spent his childhood summers. There, he locks himself in the attic, intent on writing the final story of his life. Playing on a continuous loop in his mind are key moments in his past: his childhood in small-town Iowa, where he and his best friend befriended a local drifter; the summer a local boy drowned in a storm; and the central fixation of his erotic meeting with a girl on a train bound for Chicago. All of these threads weave together as the writer tries to piece together the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up one human life. With its elegant structure, multiple storylines, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, The Joy of Killing is a fascinating look into the fugue state of one man’s mind as well as a searing, philosophical look at the impact of violence on the human condition. It is a tour-de-force fiction debut by one of America’s premier writers of true crime.
In "The Story Behind 'In Broad Daylight,'" Author Harry MacLean reveals the details of how he uncovered what actually happened in the vigilante killing of Ken Rex McElroy in Skidmore, Missouri, in 1981, as told in "In Broad Daylight."Standing a few feet from where the killers opened fire on Ken Rex McElroy more than three decade ago, Harry N. MacLean explains how he came to write his Edgar Award-winning book. MacLean had doors slammed in his face, guns pulled on him, and was bitten by a dog. Eventually, he won over the closed community of Skidmore, Mo. The inhabitants shared with him the reign of terror Ken Rex McElroy inflicted for twenty years in Northwest Missouri, and information about h...
In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter's testimony. This book chronicles the trial, explores the remarkably dysfunctional Franklin family, and delves into the reliability of repressed memory as evidence in court. This version contains a 2011 Epilogue, which details the reasons for the reversal of George Franklin's conviction and the refusal of the district attorney to retry him for murder.
Documents the controversial 2007 trial of KKK member James Ford Seale for the drowning murders of two African-American men in 1964, describing the legal difficulties that shaped the case as well as allegations about Mississippi's complicity. By an Edgar Award-winning author.
A devastating and lyrical work of nonfiction, Young Men and Fire describes the events of August 5, 1949, when a crew of fifteen of the US Forest Service’s elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of the men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy in Young Men and Fire, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Alongside Maclean’s now-canonical A River Runs through It and Other Stories, Young Men and Fire is recognized today as a classic of the American West. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Maclean’s later triumph—the last book he would write—includes a powerful new foreword by Timothy Egan, author of The Big Burn and The Worst Hard Time. As moving and profound as when it was first published, Young Men and Fire honors the literary legacy of a man who gave voice to an essential corner of the American soul.