THE UNTOLD STORY OF
THE KILLING SPREE
THAT CHANGED AMERICA
“Starkweather is a story about a different time in a different America . . . [A] grim story, and that grimness is the paradoxical joy of reading MacLean—the raw chill creeping through your veins that feels authentic to the place and the crimes, the lean and vivid sentences rivaling Capote’s In Cold Blood and Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song.”
FROM NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF
IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
“A magisterial study of the infamous murders committed by 19-year-old Charles Starkweather across Nebraska and Wyoming in the 1950s. . . . Propulsive. . . . An instant true crime classic.”
– PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
“Surprise: We live in the golden age of crime writing. Exhibit A: Harry MacLean’s absorbing taxonomy
STARKWEATHER (Nov. 28), a history of the murderer whose nihilism inspired generations of responses, from Springsteen’s “Nebraska” and to the media’s embrace of crime itself.”
CHRISTOPHER BORELLI, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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FOR TEN YEARS, HE TERRORIZED THEM WITHOUT MERCY!
Ken McElroy robbed, raped, burned, shot, and maimed the citizens of Skidmore, Missouri, without conscience or remorse. Again and again, the law had failed to stop him.
UNTIL THEY TOOK JUSTICE INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.
“IMPORTANT ... RELENTLESS ... A many-faceted and accomplished study ... [MacLean] has taken a gruesome story and retold it with considerable sensitivity. A lawyer himself, he gives an account of the trial that is comprehensible yet suspenseful, enriched by his insights into the tactics and emotions of the opposing lawyers. His understanding and clarity with regard to psychological issues is exemplary. Anyone who doubts that family violence is one of the most destructive forces in our society today had better read this book.”
– The New York Times
“The Joy of Killing is a sophisticated philosophical thriller, its gothic vibes rooted in the murky soil of human behavior. Like a modern day Edgar Allen Poe, Harry MacLean knows how to manipulate the reader in all the best ways, right up to the novel's shocking ending.”
—Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland
“The Past Is Never Dead works both as a true crime potboiler and as a broader allegory of the South’s search for redemption.”
“Extraordinary…What makes this book so profound are MacLean’s insights into how the trial reflects Mississippi’s social mores and internal conflict.”
- Denver Post
HARRY N. MACLEAN
EDGAR AWARD WINNER & NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Harry MacLean is an Edgar Award winning writer and lawyer living in Denver, Colorado, who writes true crime books.