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 failed to stop him.
Until they took justice into their own hands. On July 10, 1981 Ken was shot to death on the main street of this small farming community. Forty-five people watched. No indictments were ever issued, no trial held… and the town of Skidmore protected the killers with silence. With this powerful true-life account, Edgar Award-winning author Harry N. MacLean reveals what drove a community of everyday American citizens to commit murder.
True Crime: Missouri examines criminal activity in the Show Me State and explores the landmark cases that have received national and even international attention. Included here are accounts of Lee Shelton’s murder of Billy Lyons of St. Louis that inspired the popular 50’s song “Stagger Lee”; the vigilante killing of the town bully of Skidmore Ken McElroy; the kidnapping of millionaire Robert Greenlease’s son in Kansas City; the Kirkwood City Council massacre; and the serial killings of thirteen young women in Kansas City by Lorenzo J. Gilyard. These are the factual accounts of the cold-blooded killers, rapists, and psychopaths who shocked the state… and the nation.
One morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his own doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. NOW.
The victims were part of an interrogation team that operated out of a secret base in Poland called the Midnight House, where they worked over the toughest jihadis, extracting information by any means necessary.
Now Wells must find out who is killing them. Islamic terrorists are the likeliest suspects, and Wells is uniquely qualified to go undercover and find them. But the trail of blood leads him to a place he couldn’t have imagined.
Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive.
Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems designer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.
The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.
Jack McEvoy specializes in death. As a crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder. But his professional bravado doesn’t lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide.
Jack’s brother was a homicide detective and he had been depressed about a recent murder case, a hideously grisly one, that he’d been unable to solve. McEvoy decides that the best way to exorcise his grief is by writing a feature on police suicides. But when he begins his research, he quickly arrives at a stunning revelation. Following his leads, protecting his sources, muscling his way inside a federal investigation, Jack grabs hold of what is clearly the story of a lifetime. He also knows that in taking on the story, he’s making himself the most visible target for a murderer who has eluded the greatest investigators alive.
Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston Hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until tonight.
Tonight, a has-been reporter turns up, investigating her past. Tonight, the first note arrives, saying, “You get what you deserve”. And tonight Melanie has her first, horrifying vision of the past.
Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants to give it back, even if it includes the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter in Texas. As Melanie pursues every lead, chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of the truth.
Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, working undercover in Macon, Georgia, posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who trails an air of violence wherever he goes. The cover has worked and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally. But there’s a problem. Cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him. Although she has no idea where Will has gone, or why, Sara herself has come to Macon because of a cop shooting. Her stepson, Jared, has been gunned down. Suddenly Sara finds herself involved in the same case that Will is working without even knowing it – with danger swirling around both of them. A novel of fierce intensity, shifting allegiances, and shocking twists. Unseen pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.
In addition the book provides a short story called “Busted” featuring Will Trent again in the role of Bill Black. As with the first story, Busted keeps you in suspense.
Private’s Jack Morgan is accused of a horrible murder-and not even his own world-class investigators can prove he didn’t do it. Since former marine Jack Morgan started Private, the elite investigation firm has been sought out by the famous and powerful to handle their problems. Private’s detectives are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world-and they always uncover the truth. But when his former lover is found killed in his bed, Jack instantly becomes the number one suspect. As the police focus on Jack, the Mob strong-arms him into recovering $ 30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to solve a string of murders at her properties. Now, while Jack fights for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private-and Jack realizes he faces the most clever and powerful enemies ever.
Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is Carmen Greer. For Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen’s got a story to tell, and it’s a wild one-all about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that’s purely gothic. She’s also got a plan. Reacher’s part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.
When beautiful but aloof Claire Harkness is found dead in her dorm room one spring morning, prestigious Armitage Academy is shaken to its core. Everyone connected to the school finds their lives upended, from the local police detective who has a personal history with the academy, to the faculty and staff whose daily lives are immersed in it. Everyone wants to know how Claire died, at whose hands, and more importantly, where the baby that she recently gave birth to is-a baby that almost no one, except her small innermost circle, knew she was carrying.
At the center of the investigation is Madeline Christopher, an intern in the English Department who is forced to examine the nature of the relationship between the school’s students and the adults meant to guide them. As the case unravels, the dark intricacies of adolescent privilege at a powerful institution are exposed, and both teachers and students emerge as suspects.
As owner of the Den of Antiquity, recently divorced (but never bitter!) Abigail Timberlake is accustomed to delving into the past, searching for lost treasurers and navigating the cutthroat world of rival dealers at flea markets and auctions. Still, she never thought she’d be putting her expertise in mayhem and detection to other use until crotchety “junque” dealer, Abbey’s Aunt Eulonia Wiggins, was found murdered!
Although Abigail is puzzled by the instrument of death, an exquisite antique bell pull that Aunt Eulonia never would have had the taste to acquire, she’s willing to let the authorities find the culprit. But now, Auntie’s priceless lace collection is missing, and somebody’s threatened Abby’s most priceless possession: her son, Charlie. It’s up to Abby to put the murdered “on the block”.
This is a great murder mystery with a little southern humor throughout the book.
When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential and perhaps something else compels her to meet its author. On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identify and his past. Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayal and to Parker himself. But there’s something especially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Maris’s own life, and the real-life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants.
Identical twins Melina and Gillian Lloyd haven’t considered switching places since childhood. So when Melina proposes that Gillian take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut Col. “Chief” Hart, she refuses at first. The following morning Melina receives terrible news: Her sister has been brutally murdered and the Chief, though innocent, is the prime suspect. He and Melina are determined to find the killer, a megalomaniac who’s out for blood and won’t stop with just Gillian.
Bellamy was only twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. A tornado destroyed the crime scene along with Bellamy’s memory of what really happened. Now, eighteen years later, Bellamy has penned a bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder, and to protect her family, she published it under a pseudonym. But when Bellamy’s identity is exposed, she becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who is out for vengeance. In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward boyfriend and an original suspect in the murder case. As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery, she discovers elements of the crime that call into question the people she holds most dear. Though haunted by partial memories and conflicted over her feelings for Dent, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer. That is, unless her killer strikes. first.
The vision has haunted him for four years – a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication. Harry Bosch was taken off the Angela Benton murder case when the production assistant’s death was linked with the violent theft of two million dollars from a movie set. both files were never closed. Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determined to find justice for Angela. Without a badge to open doors and strike fear into the guilty, he’s on his own. And even in the face of an opponent more powerful and ruthless than any he’s ever encountered, Bosch is not backing down.
This will leave you guessing to the end. A book you won’t be able to put down until finished.
Once a hotshot in the newsroom, crime reporter Jack McEvoy is now about to be laid off at the Lost Angeles Times. Deciding to use his final work days to write the definitive murder story of his career, he focuses on Alonzo Winslow, an imprisoned sixteen-year-old drug dealer who confessed to the murder of a young woman found strangled in the truck of her car. But as Jack delves into the story, he realizes that Winslow’s so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent. When Jack connects the L.A. truck killing to an earlier murder in Las Vegas, he is on the biggest story he’s had since the Poet crossed his path years before. But Jack doesn’t know hat his investigation has set off a digital trip wire. The killer knows Jack is coming and he is ready.