Lawrence author and University graduate Bill James will visit the Lawrence Public Library on Thursday to talk about his latest true-crime novel, “The Man from the Train.”
His daughter and assistant researcher, Rachel McCarthy James, will join him for the live reading and signing. The event is free and open to the public. The reading will start at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium and copies of the book will be sold by the Raven Book Store at the event.
“The Man from the Train” explores a series of unsolved axe murders across the U.S. in the early 1900s. Originally, Bill James was solely investigating the 1912 axe murder in Viscilla, Iowa. After delving deeper, Bill James started to connect the murder with multiple crimes across the country. He hired Rachel as an additional researcher and writer on the project. Although some of these crimes received convictions at the time, they both explain