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The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?

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 In the late nineteenth century, Jefferson County, Missouri, was striving to emulate its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, St. Louis, while it battled to wipe out the remnants of its frontier lawlessness. The West was truly wild all the way back to the Mississippi River, and while progressive St. Louisans were installing telephones, the sheriff in Hillsboro was trying to f ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 26th 2011 by Missouri History Museum Press
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Sandi Russell
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All of my cousins should read this book! And that means everyone, since we are all related at some point, if one searches back far enough along the family trees. I shared this book with my husband's uncle, who was very strong in researching the Russell family genealogy. It sparked quite an affinity for genealogy between us, and he and I discussed this book again not too long before he recently passed away. The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery is a delight to read ! Joe Johnston is a captivating writ ...more
Sharon Shelley
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this for its historical value since I grew up in Jefferson County, MO. I was fun getting a glimpse of an earlier time there, seeing what my ancestors were a part of and trying to picture their lives back then. I had not given them much thought until I read this. The mystery just added to it.
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Its no surprise that Joe Johnston has emerged as a powerful author of narrative history, with his newest book, "Necessary Evil: Settling Missouri with a Rope and a Gun,and "The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?" both in the Vigilante Series from Missouri History Museum.

Born in Missouri and reared on the plains of Oklahoma, he naturally embraced the culture of the American West.
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