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A History of Violence (1997) written by John Wagner

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A History of Violence (1997) (Book) written by John Wagner
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A History of Violence (Book)

written by John Wagner

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The story concerns a small town Michigan cafe owner, Tom McKenna, who becomes a local hero after defending his store from an attempted robbery. When his story receives national attention, several members of the New York City Mafia arrive in town, believing him to be someone named Joey, who crossed them 20 years earlier. Tom protests his innocence to everyone, but eventually his façade is dropped and he is forced to reveal his history of violence to his wife and son and eventually the police. 
Namely, he and his friend performed a spectacular assassination and robbery of mobsters in their youth in retaliation for the murder of a relative. Unfortunately, Tom's friend foolishly decided to flaunt his booty, which allowed the mob to identify him as one of the assailants and abduct him for revenge. Meanwhile, Tom barely escaped the same fate and fled the city with the intent of starting over with a new identity. 
Fortunately for McKenna and his family, their lawyer arrives and learns that the detectives failed to mirandize the family man, which makes the whole confession inadmissible in court. However, as the McKenna family is transported to the father's original city to deal with related legal matters, the mobsters learn of McKenna's detention and plan their revenge with a horrific surprise.