From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In this riveting true crime tale, rural Franconia, N.H. becomes a major character alongside "wild child" Liko Kenney, authoritarian police officer Bruce McKay, foul-mouthed Vietnam vet Greg Floyd, and a host of polarized townfolk. After a long feud, hippie-ish Kenny and officer McKay finalize their relationship with a standoff that leaves them both dead, thanks in part to the interference of troubled ex-Marine Greg Floyd (who shot Kenney). Boston-based journalist Sherman (A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler) dissects the case with painstaking care, documenting a number of Franconia voices, each with its own version of events, to figure out why a typical small-town conflict between "the hard-nosed cop and the rebellious kid" turned unexpectedly murderous. Characters are not just colorful but complete, making Floyd's confession, at a village store two days later, all the more shocking and bizarre: with a "breezy demeanor," Floyd announced, "I'm the guy that shot that kid." 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.
“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