In Broad Daylight, Classic Print Edition

In Broad Daylight, Classic Print Edition

Harry N. MacLean / Dec 15, 2019

In Broad Daylight Classic Print Edition Edgar Award winning author Harry MacLean is bringing the New York Times bestseller In Broad Daylight back to print in a Classic print trade paper edition that also includes The Story Behind In Broad D

  • Title: In Broad Daylight, Classic Print Edition
  • Author: Harry N. MacLean
  • ISBN: 9781482639872
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edgar Award winning author Harry MacLean is bringing the New York Times bestseller In Broad Daylight back to print in a Classic print trade paper edition that also 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 Skid, Missouri in July 1981 McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer,Edgar Award winning author Harry MacLean is bringing the New York Times bestseller In Broad Daylight back to print in a Classic print trade paper edition that also 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 Skid, 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 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 Classic print edition.

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        Harry MacLean, an Edgar Award winning true crime writer In Broad Daylight has changed genre s with his new novel, The Joy of Killing Variously described as a literary thriller, a psychological thriller or philosophical thriller, the book earned a rave review from Kirkus MacLean s writing is lyrical, ebbing and flowing like a deep riptide that conceals the danger beneath there is something unsavory and even panic inducing about being pulled inside his tale A dizzying and delirious meditation on desire, violence, guilt, and philosophical justification The book will be on sale in early July.MacLean s first book was In Broad Daylight, published by Harper Collins This book tells the story of the killing of a town bully on the main street of a small town in northwest Missouri It won an Edgar Award for Best True Crime and was a New York Times Bestseller for 12 weeks Brian Denehey stars as the bully in the movie version In Broad Daylight became available as an e book July 2012.MacLean s second book was Once Upon A Time, a True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law Also published by Harper Collins, it tells the true story of a man on trial for murder based solely on his daughter s repressed memory of witnessing him murder her playmate 20 years earlier Once Upon a Time was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.Basic Books published his third book, The Past Is Never Dead, The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi s Search for Redemption, which was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award, given by Stanford University MacLean released About In Broad Daylight, the Story Behind the Book, in the fall of 2014.MacLean s first career was as a lawyer He graduated from the University of Denver College of Law, magna cum laude, and also received a master s degree in Law and Sociology from DU He worked as a trial lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission and as a magistrate in Denver Juvenile Court He taught as an Adjunct Professor at DU Law He served as First Assistant Attorney General for the state of Colorado, and as General Counsel of the Peace Corp during the Carter Administration For the past twenty years he has worked as a labor arbitrator and author.His next effort, a memoir, will tell the story of his year working undercover as a prison guard in a maximum security prison in Delaware.


    1. Here is a story for the picked-on. There has been a lot of talk about bullying lately. Bullies at school. Bullies on the internet. A bully in – of all places – an NFL locker room. There is a national conversation about how to deal with bullies. And there is an equally important conversation about how to help the victims. I mention this because Harry Maclean’s In Broad Daylight is a bully story. It tells of a mean, hulking man, a man with guns and a taste for liquor and a touch of sociopath [...]

    2. I bought this book because I remember watching the movie back in the late 80's , but not completely. Ken McElroy was a menacing person, had a lawyer with great influence, and thought he was invincible. But things happen to people who go around riding on other peoples' last nerves. His lawyer could not help him in the end and the law was lax about his crimes. People have the right to live their lives peacefully and they just got fed up with his crap! A great book, well written!!!

    3. In Broad Daylight is spooky as hell, dark and undoubtedly unforgettable. At times though it seemed too sensationalized.

    4. I'll put the bottom line right at the top - If you enjoy reading true crime, In Broad Daylight will not disappoint you.Now, if you're interested, I'll tell you my opinion of the book. Harry N. MacLean put together an obviously well-researched account of the events leading up to, and surrounding the death of Ken McElroy. I have to say, I have the e-book which is riddled with typos and major formatting errors. It honestly looks like it was type-set by a beginning publishing student. But that's the [...]

    5. A crushing disappointment. Years ago I bought his previous book and it was superb so I was chuffed to find this one available on my Kindle. However, it was clearly never edited or checked once it was formatted as an e-book. There were these strange big gaps in the text on almost every other page and then these random headings would appear on the following page such as In Broad Daylight 11 or 12 Harry N Maclean. Very, very annoying. Words were replaced by the wrong ones such as be when it should [...]

    6. Going to college in Marysville and minoring in criminal justice, the case of Ken Rex McElroy is bound to come up and it's fascinating.McElroy was a bully. No question about it. He terrorized the citizens of Skidmore for years, raping women, stealing, brandishing a gun and taking advantage of their impressionable youth. He was accused of many crimes, but always managed to avoid the consequences. One day in 1981, the citizens of Skidmore had had enough and McElroy was shot in broad daylight while [...]

    7. A case study of the vigilante style death of Ken McElroy in 1981 in Skidmore, Missouri. - library catalog descriptionWow! Intersting, true story.trating too. Not a very positive commentary on our judicial system. Review from Publisher's Weekly:Ken Rex McElroy terrorized the residents of several counties in northwestern Missouri for a score of years. He raped young girls and brutalized them after they went to live with him or even married him; he shot at least two men; he stole cattle and hogs, a [...]

    8. Hooks you right from the beginning. Heard about this case but none of the details so what I found in here was definitely a shock. Crime/True Crime is definitely my favorite genre and this book doesn't disappoint. It's hard to come to terms with what a community will do to protect themselves because they feel law enforcement is failing them, but it is a reality we have to deal with every day. Good read!

    9. DNFI didn't finish this. After I'd read about a third I gave up.It didn't hold my interest. I found it boring and repetitive. I googled to find out what happened and I have to say, he got his just desserts. Well done Skidmore!

    10. This book details the events that led up to the killing of Ken Rex McElroy in Skidmore, Missouri on July 10, 1981. Ken was a bully who had terrorized the town for over 20 years. He stole livestock and possessions from other people's houses and anything he could resale. He also had a penchant for young girls. He had sex with them and was also extremely abusive. He had children by st least three young girls. Every time he was charged with a crime he managed to intimidate the wittiness so they woul [...]

    11. I feel somewhat ambivalent about this book. Firstly, it reads as though Skidmore is Derry (Stephen King's epicentre of evil) with the town knitted together by ancestry and custom and sinister undercurrents of deprivation, decay and shared consciousness, that explodes periodically. This impression was not helped when, intrigued by the racial profile of the town and suspecting it may be a sundown town, I went online to read the town's history. (FYI one of the closest larger towns was listed as a s [...]

    12. I remember hearing about this story years ago, and when Oprah had the family and the townspeople from Skidmore, MO on her show. What was so mind boggling about this story is how the people of Skidmore did something that most people have a hard time doing~~keeping their mouths shut!Ken Rex McElroy was Skidmore's worst nightmare, and after all his hellish ways, bullying, shooting, terrorizing, raping and drinking and beating up on women, the town had had enough and so on July 10, 1981 they took th [...]

    13. There abides a kinship among us farmers that I reckon most civilians cannot fully comprehend. A brotherhood that makes the mafia oath of silence look like a drunken vow made with an Elvis preacher at that multi-level marketing convention you went to back in '89. There's a word in Spanish that translates as a friend that you would kill or die for, but in English we simply call that a farmer. Which is how in a town of 400 no one saw a thing when a local terrorist, whom the media euphemistically la [...]

    14. This story has always fascinated me and the book was great. It was the first time I had read this author(are there more???) and I felt he did an excellent job! It truly is a story of how the justice systems an those you know how to manipulate it can twist things and in the end backfire. Ken McElroy taught the town of Skidmore their biggest lesson. witnesses,no case! And in the end his killer or killers will too slide through the system just as he did. The difference is they tried to use legal me [...]

    15. I actually enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit slow to start with because I read multiple books if they don't grab my attention, I can always read something else. I was about 1/3 of the way into the book and I realized that I was waking up in the night thinking about the people in this small town and wondering what was going to happen next, even though you are told at the very beginning. I had to know how these people got to the point where what happened actually happened. The book starts wi [...]

    16. Scary true crime story of a man who terrorized a big chunk of Missouri for over thirty years. He was charged with 19 felonies before being convicted of anything, and at one point he shot a man for no reason--admitted to shooting him--and still wasn't convicted of a crime. Finally he shot another man, delayed the trial for over a year, threatened his victim and every witness, and when finally convicted was free to walk the streets awaiting sentencing. At that point, the townspeople killed him. Th [...]

    17. I read this book because my mom and dad always told me about the Skidmore bully that stole our livestock. We lived 20 miles from Skidmore where this bully took over and ran rampant through the town. This book was so well detailed that I didn't need it because I drove through this town for 4 years on my way to college in maryville and I always thought it creepy that a man was murdered in cold blood on the street and left for dead. Good book and I'm glad I read it since it hit so close to home for [...]

    18. This is the best of the 'true crime' genre that I've ever read. It was turned into a made-for-TV movie, but it didn't do the book or subject matter justice. (Isn't that an ironic turn of phrase?) The author was very successful in describing the utter frustration with the legal system that made the actions of the community understandable and probably inevitable. As you read it, think deeply on what alternatives the community had. What options do any of us have to protect ourselves from the 'wolve [...]

    19. All in all it was not too bad. There were about 50 pages of description that could have been incorporated into the storyline, rather than listed as it was. I don't know if it is only in the Kindle version or not, but there were several typos (1 instead of I; tom instead of torn; etc.). Not quite enough, but almost enough to be a nuisance. The overall retelling of the crime was not bad. I feel bad for Skidmore and Ken/Ken's family. Things should have been handled differently from day one of the p [...]

    20. I enjoyed this book. I had to look past a lot of typos, formatting errors, and strange page breaks. It literally felt like someone scanned the text into the e-reader software and published it. Anyone who had flipped through the book before publishing would have realized how much editing needed to be done before it was ready for the public to read. It is really a shame that what stood out to me most was the lack of editing. Mr. MacLean ought to be pounding down the doors of the publishing company [...]

    21. This incident happened only about 30 miles from where I grew up. Although I had heard this story repeated several times since my childhood, this is a very comprehensive outline of events. Living in NW MO my entire life I found a few inaccuracies in spelling of peoples names and places, however, I credit the author for his knowledge having not been previously familiar with the area. I literally couldn't put this book down for three days.

    22. This book did not grab me until several chapters in, but after that I was hooked. The two very different sides of Ken McElroy's personality, these women who allowed themselves to be treated so heinously and a WHOLE town (albeit a small one) who allowed the exact same thing, not to mention the gutless wonder judge and grossly ineffective Missouri judicial system during that time. I would've given this 4 stars, but the editing was almost as horrifying as the town bully!!

    23. Interesting story about some modern frontier justice. I might be the only anarchist I know that enjoys true crime. Guilty pleasure I guess, this is the first one I've read in a long time though. It was great for wading back into those waters by reminding me about what I enjoy about well written true crime. One thing I love and that this book did well is paint a backdrop for the drama playing out. Wasn't the best, but its worth a read if you like the genre.

    24. Well written book and I have to agree with most that he got what he deserved. It's a shame that law enforcement didn't put a stop to him after the first time he shot someone. I just hope no cold case detective ever decides to take another shot at finding who pulled the trigger. The town has been through enough.

    25. This deals with a murderous bully Ken Rex McElroy. He escaped arrest because he held the townspeople in terror. Finally the town got together and did what the justice system was unable to do. They killed him. I know vigilante justice is frowned upon, but read this story and you will frown upon Ken Rex McElroy

    26. One of the great True Crime books (most of the others in the genre really do dissolve into each other). I find that in real life, "what goes around" generally doesn't really "come around". However, this is the story of one of those rare cases when that old cliche actually does come true. You want catharsis? You got it. Real life catharsis, no less!

    27. Well written and researched. Skidmore is only a couple of miles from my home town. I can vouch that the author not only knew the people in this true story, but he also understood their mindset as well.

    28. Really liked it. I can see that some people thougth the story was slow, maybe it was but i did not mind that so much. I wanted to know a bit more about trena though. Nobody confronted her about what she did and she got away with money as well. grrrrrNice book.

    29. I lived in Skidmore for several years in the late 80's and early 90's. Very interesting place with interesting people. Definitely worth a read as it's a facinating story that people still don't talk about today.

    30. I learned that Ken McElroy deserved what he got. The town this all happened in is maybe 50 miles from my hometown, so it gave the book a whole different light for me.

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