CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - While Cheshire residents fight over whether the town library should stock a new book about a fatal home invasion, people in other towns are lining up for a copy.

Twenty-one other libraries in a regional consortium report they have 43 requests for Brian McDonald's book, "In the Middle of the Night: The Shocking True Story of a Family Killed in Cold Blood."

The book is about the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, at their Cheshire home in 2007. It's based on jailhouse interviews with one of two men charged in the case.

More than 1,200 people have signed a petition urging Cheshire's library to not carry the book, but the library's director says it will be on the shelves because of free speech rights.


Information from: New Haven Register,