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Bad Blood
Freedom and Death in the White Mountains
Casey Sherman

2009 • 244 pp. 19 illus. 5 3/4 x 8 3/4"
True Crime - Murder

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-373-8
$16.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-883-2

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“In this riveting true crime tale …Characters are not just colorful but complete…As daunting facts come to light, the townspeople form two opposing camps—those for Floyd and those... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The true story of a deadly feud in New England’s north country

In the shadow of the fallen Old Man of the Mountain, on a lonely stretch of mountain road, two men lay dead. A spasm of violence that took only a few minutes to play out leaves a community divided and searching for answers.

From the author of newly released Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Bad Blood is the riveting account of the long-standing feud between Franconia, New Hampshire, police officer Bruce McKay, 48, and Liko Kenney, 24. In May 2007, Kenney shot and killed Officer McKay, following a dramatic chase that began with a routine traffic stop. Kenney, cousin of ski legend Bode Miller, was then shot and killed by a shadowy passerby. Almost immediately, the tragic incident revealed deep tensions within this otherwise quiet community in the White Mountains with charges that Kenney was a hell-raiser and mentally unstable and counter-charges that Officer McKay was a rogue cop who dispensed justice as a way to settle personal scores. Striving to get at the truth of the story, the author uncovers a complicated mix of personalities and motivations. Local and statewide interests clash while regional and national media— and even YouTube viewers— supply ready stereotypes to fit their agendas. Amid larger questions of the meaning of individual freedom we are, ultimately, helpless witnesses to an inevitable clash of characters.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“In this riveting true crime tale …Characters are not just colorful but complete…As daunting facts come to light, the townspeople form two opposing camps—those for Floyd and those against—making it all but impossible for them to discern anything important from the shooting. Focusing the testimony of witnesses, loved ones and officials, Sherman provides that missing sense of perspective with skill.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Bad Blood is a story about the different worlds coexisting in that isolated piece of the New Hampshire mountains, and how easily that coexistence can twist into conflict or disaster. It also reminds us that there’s more to every story than meets the eye.”—Foster’s Daily Democrat

“Sherman’s telling of the McKay-Kenney story is fluid, crisp and accurate.”—Nashua Telegraph

“A first-rate story that simply demands to be read, the pacing is turbo-charged, the plot is an emotional roller-coaster ride, the writing is page-turning crisp, ranking up there with the best of Joseph Wambaugh. Bad Blood is that good a book.”—Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and Chasers

Bad Blood unflinchingly dares to take readers inside the seething heart of a divided community. Author Casey Sherman is the perfect guide for this story, as he presents a devastating account by deftly revealing the truth as he peels away layer after layer of assumption and presumption. Shocking, disturbing, but ultimately enlightening.”—Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author

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CASEY SHERMAN is a Boston-based journalist and the author of A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler, Black Irish, and Black Dragon. He is the co-author of The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue.

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