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Book Title: Once Upon a Time: A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law|
The author of the book: Harry N. MacLean
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Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: July 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780060165437
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 337 KB
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Once Upon a Time suffers from details. This interesting book is laid out like a court case recounted by an overworked and underpaid public defender. Everything is logical and ordered. Most of the relevant facts are there. The specifics, some more gory than one cares to read, seem to be all there. But the excitement never shows up. In the end, it's just the tension of knowing that keeps one reading to the end. How will the trial end?
This book also suffers from being written two years too early. Having followed events in the late eighties and early ninety, this book was published in ninety four. New details arise in ninety six that change the ending. Be sure to google George Franklin Sr. for the actual details of the end. Compelling, interesting, but certainly not exciting. Nor for the faint of heart. Certainly not for children. Incest, rape, violence, and murder are detailed in this courtroom history.
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Read information about the authorHarry 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.