Monday, July 20, 2009

Chauncey Bailey story to become a book

I have been waiting for a book like this to sell. It has great elements: a murder, a diabolical organization/cult, incompetent and/or misguided police, culpability of local politicians, etc.

Publisher's Marketplace reported this sale:

Thomas Peele's KILLING THE MESSENGER: the Assassination of Chauncey Bailey and the Ruination of an American City, a chilling story of murder, journalism, politics and intrigue that investigates the brutal slaying of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, who was gunned down in 2007 for writing a story about Your Black Muslim Bakery, the business front of a violent polygamist cult, to Jenna Ciongoli at Broadway, in a pre-empt, for publication in Fall 2011, by Elizabeth Evans at Reece Halsey New York (NA).

Thomas Peele was one of the reporters who won an award in 2007 from the Investigative Reporters and Editors association for his investigation into the slaying of Chauncey Bailey. He has a long history in investigative reporting. In recent years, he has been a reporter for Media News, the company that owns the Oakland Tribune, Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and other publications.

Peele is a member of the Chauncey Bailey Project, a group of reporters and editors from various news organizations who banded together in 2007 to write about Bailey's murder and its links to Your Black Muslim Bakery.

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