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In Broad Daylight Audiobook

In Broad Daylight

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Publisher's Summary

Edgar-Award winning author Harry MacLean is bringing the New York Times best-seller In Broad Daylight back to print in a keepsake 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 Skidmore, 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 Amazon 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.

©1988 Harry N. Maclean (P)2014 Harry N. Maclean

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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 12-09-14
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 12-09-14 Member Since 2015

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "You have to hear it to believe it"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, and found it difficult to break away from it. The remarkable thing about this story is that an entire town could loathe a man so much that some men could shoot and kill him in broad daylight in front of many people, and not a single person would say who did it. In this book the author does a great job of helping us understand how the townspeople felt, and why they felt so powerless to stop Mr. McElroy.

    I would strongly recommend this book to people who enjoy reading true crime (a genre I love).

    The narrator did a great job of telling the story, without getting in the way of it. It was enjoyable to listen to.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Harbour 05-31-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Real life tale of justice"

    I remembered this story from somewhere in my childhood. But the telling of it in such great detail of how so many were bullied and threatened by one man is amazing. a really gripping tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nate 04-24-15
    nate 04-24-15
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    "very well researched and I loved it"

    it was good audio book . from the writing to the narration of kept me interested

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    missy 02-18-15
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    "Great story"

    totally loved it could not stop listening felt like I was right there on the streets of Whitmore the description of the victim made it so real

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    William F. Solomon 02-06-15
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    "Good book and story"

    Even though you know the ending it still keeps your interest till the end Good narration also easy to listen to

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Good Listening"
    What made the experience of listening to In Broad Daylight the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story, I read a short story on the incident but this story was detailed and i was able to get a better view on how everything worked up to the day it the crime happened and what happened to the town after.


    What about Dave Clark’s performance did you like?

    I like the way it was written, I didn't find any slow area's that dragged. The book was balanced


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book was better listening to it in parts.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    W. E. Horner III Sanford, N. C. 04-27-15
    W. E. Horner III Sanford, N. C. 04-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The best true-crime audiobook ever"
    What did you love best about In Broad Daylight?

    Compelling story, extremely well-written and superb narration


    What does Dave Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's totally vested in the narration. You forget you're listening - you become a part of the story


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed...I was hesitant about committing 14 or so hours to a story I already knew the ending of...but I thoroughly enjoyed it and hated for the book to end. I've already started my second listen...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-04-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Way too long!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I finally got tired of the same thing over and over, so skipped through the chapters. Even then, the last few chapters weren't even worth it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have shortened it to maybe five hours at most.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess. The narration wasn't enjoyable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think the story is a good one, but the book leaves a lot to be desired.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    KAT M K 02-27-16
    KAT M K 02-27-16
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    "Thought provoking"

    Well researched & detailed. However, it did tend to get bogged down and drag in those details at times. Thought provoking. The truth is always stranger than fiction. The law enforcement agencies & the justice system certainly failed to protect that community. If backed into a corner what would you do........

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