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When Stanley Graham fired his 7 mm hunting rifle on 8 October 1941, it was the blood of men, not game, he spilled at the little dairying settlement in Koiterangi.

In the one afternoon the crazed New Zealand farmer mowed down live people before escaping into the heavy West Coast bush behind his/house. His actions triggered off the most intensive manhunt the country has known,. yet Graham was at large for a total of twelve days and shot dead another two men before being captured by police on 20 October.

This was the Graham affair, a human tragedy whose complexities Howard Willis here documents with great skill. His exhaustively researched account of the incident and events leading up to it is as suspenseful.• and absorbing as any thriller.


'The description of the killings . . . is nothing short of compelling. NEW ZEALAND HERALD, Auckland

'Has the reek óf authenticity ... Willis has organised the narrative of a confused episode well, mastered all the detail and presented it in spare and simple prose.' PRESS, Christchurch Please click here to ask a question
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  • Seller location: Waitakere City, Auckland, NZ

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