In Broad Daylight

  • by Harry N. MacLean
  • Narrated by Dave Clark
  • 14 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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

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?


Any additional comments?

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

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- B Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2014
  • Publisher: Harry N. MacLean