The Shooter at Midnight: Murder, Corruption, and a Farming Town Divided

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Penguin Books
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5.1 X 7.6 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Sean Patrick Cooper is a journalist who has contributed narrative features and essays to The New Republic, n+1, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Baffler, Tablet, UnDark, The Atavist, The Daily Beast, Victory Journal, The Awl, and others. He received an MA in journalism at New York University, where he was a Department Fellow in the Literary Reportage Program, and a BA in English Literature from Rutgers University. This is his first book.
"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