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The Shooter at Midnight by Sean Patrick Cooper
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Apr 30, 2024 | ISBN 9780143135449

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The Shooter at Midnight offers a deep look into the criminal justice system, with all its warts, and reveals that the system is only as good as the people who operate within it.” – New York Journal of Books

“Gripping . . . A potent account of the crime and its aftermath, placing its story of heartbreaking violence and injustice in a larger portrait of a rural American town.” The Wall Street Journal

“An arresting work of true crime. . . Cooper’s suspenseful narrative nimbly interweaves procedural beats and a vivid portrait of rural America in crisis.” —Publishers Weekly

“In unspooling the story of a murder in the American heartland, Sean Patrick Cooper finds much more than he bargained for. This is a book about a terrible crime, but it’s also about economic crises in the farming community, small-town injustice, and the warping effects of grief within a family. A probing, compelling, surprising read.” —Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites

“Riveting from the offset, The Shooter at Midnight is an expertly woven story of a crime that tore a small-town asunder and its devastating fallout in an already fractured community.  With an extraordinary eye for detail, Cooper navigates the many legal complexities of the case with ease and empathy, never losing sight of the very human tragedy that lies at its core.” —Susan Jonusas, author of Hell’s Half-Acre

“Though it begins with an account of a murder, The Shooter at Midnight is much more than true crime. With a detective’s eye for detail and a journalist’s passion for truth, Cooper unravels a miscarriage of justice, showing how an actual conspiracy spread from humble farmhouses to fancy courtrooms in 1980s Missouri. This is stunning and essential storytelling.”Jason Fagone, author of the bestselling The Woman Who Smashed Codes

“Like all first-rate true crime stories, The Shooter at Midnight not only takes the reader into the fascinating human story of the crime itself, with its wonderfully stubborn cast of heroes and villains refusing to conform to type, but it also opens up the wider context in which the crime occurs – in this case the ruin and strife spread across rural America by the farming crisis of the 1980s. The result is a gripping, deeply informed book in which political folly, explosive violence and an agonizing injustice play out with the intensity – and the surprising redemption – of ancient tragedy.” —James Lasdun, author of Give Me Everything You Have

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