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A Violent Act

Wilkinson, Alec

ISBN 10: 0679415076 / ISBN 13: 9780679415077
Published by Knopf, 1993
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Title: A Violent Act

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

The story of Mike Wayne Jackson, a man who killed his probation officer and continued on a killing spree that took him from Indianapolis to Missouri, looks into the heart of American violence and its consequences. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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When we read about violence, we hunger for explanations that will reassure us that violence is understandable, perhaps preventable. Yet this elegantly written book--about a madman who kills his probation officer then goes on a rampage of carjackings, robberies, and more murders across southern Indiana--offers only facts. As Christopher Lehmann-Haupt writes in the New York Times, "Surprisingly, one of the most powerful effects of A Violent Act is to make you feel how callous to violence we've been made.... By telling an apparently simple story yet not presuming to understand what made it happen, Mr. Wilkinson has restored the mystery and terror of violence to their true and properly overwhelming scales." This is true crime as an accomplished nonfiction writer tells it (portions of the book were first published in The New Yorker): in a soft tone of voice, with silences in which the pain and horror can be keenly felt.

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