Violent Act by Alec Wilkinson

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Early on the morning of September 22, 1986, Mike Jackson shot and killed a man he had never met--his newly appointed parole officer, Tom Gahl. Out of that single act of violence the award-winning author of Big Sugar has created a work of journalism that lays bare the full scope of the concern over violence in our society.

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Alec Wilkinson is the author of A Violent Act, Moonshine Midnights, and Big Sugar. A recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize, a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, and other magazines. He lives in New York City.
Published July 14, 1997 by Random House Value Publishing. 225 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A lone customer stared at the silver paint on Mike Wayne Jackson's long beard as Jackson raised a shotgun from under his coat and blasted Hall-- the second man he had murdered that hour.

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New Yorker writer Wilkinson chronicles an ex-convict's murder of his probation officer and subsequent rampage across rural Missouri.

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B+ Originally posted Feb 05, 1993 Published in issue #156 Feb 05, 1993 Order article reprints

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