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A Violent Act

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A Violent Act

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Alec Wilkinson

We gave it a B+

After almost 20 years in and out of prison and mental institutions, Mike Jackson up and killed his Indianapolis probation officer with a sawed-off shotgun. In a day-long rampage, he went on to kill two more men, steal several cars, and wound a police officer. Then he vanished in rural Missouri and eluded highway-patrol helicopters for 11 days. It took an old-style hunter-tracker from the Smoky Mountains to bring him to ground. Alec Wilkinson is an old-style hunter-tracker reporter from The New Yorker. His god is in the details. He lays them out with impeccable clarity and timing in A Violent Act. His absorbing story demystifies violence with its compassion for perpetrator, victims, and bystanders all. B+