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BuyFromAmazonThis literary thriller, MacLean’s first work of fiction, is being hailed as an “exciting combination of love story, mystery, psychological suspense and meditation on human nature and the origins of violence.” Counterpoint is presenting The Joy of Killing as its lead title in July and is arranging for nationwide publicity. The press release describes the book as “reminiscent of the work of noir master Derek Raymond and John Banville’s The Sea with a touch of David Lynch.”

 

“A masterfully constructed hall of mirrors, Edgar Award–winning true crime writer Harry N. MacLean’s The Joy of Killing reinvents the conventional thriller. Told in dark lyrical prose and revealing a master’s command of the form, it’s a rousing … success.”

—Tom Andes, The L.A. Review of Books

“A man’s desperate struggle to recapture his past propels this brilliant first novel from Edgar Award–winning true crime writer … MacLean skillfully takes readers along as the narrator spins and stumbles through a tangle of disturbing meditations on innocence and guilt.”
Publishers Weekly

“Not since American Psycho has there been a novel as unnerving and relentless as Harry N. Maclean’s compulsively readable The Joy of Killing. Inventive. Supremely twisted. And did I say unnerving?”
—Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author


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In Broad Daylight

A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri

Tells the story of the killing of a bully in a small town in northwest Missouri in 1981, in front of 45 witnesses. Explores Ken McElroy’s reign of terror, his killing, and the cover-up which has protected the killers ever since. In Broad Daylight won an Edgar Award for Best True Crime, was a New York Times Bestseller for 12 weeks, and was made into a movie starring Brian Denehey.

This edition contains new facts on the killing and the identity of the killers.

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A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law

In 1989 Eileen Franklin claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father murdering her playmate twenty years earlier. George Franklin was tried and convicted, based solely on her testimony. This book follows the trial, explores the dysfunctional Franklin family, and delves into the credibility of repressed memories as evidence. Contains a 2011 Epilogue. Once Upon A Time was a New York Times Notable Book of 1993.

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The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi’s Struggle for Redemption

In 2007 James Ford Seale was indicted for the murder of two black youths in southwest Mississippi in 2007. This book covers the trial and conviction of Seale for the crimes, and explores the ongoing attempt of Mississippi to atone for its bloody racial past and the possibility of redemption through the prosecution of former Klansman for crimes of the sixties. This books was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Prize, offered by Stanford University.

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The Story Behind ‘In Broad Daylight’

The Story Behind the Story

Tells the story of how MacLean came to write his Edgar Award-winning book in this true crime short. This book brings the story up to date and includes several previously unpublished pictures. MacLean discusses the nature of the moral consequences of the killing for the town and those involved in the killing. He also describes the breakthrough events when key characters agreed to speak with him, and he realized he would finally get the story.

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