|A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper|
|Covers of the 1978, 2001, and 2005 edition.|
A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper is a book by Peter Hernon, published by Doubleday, New York City, NY, in 1978. It was reprinted by Garrett County Press, New Orleans, LA, in 2001.
On New Year's Eve in New Orleans, 1972, Mark Essex began one of the most violent and deadly sniper attacks on policemen that any American city had ever seen. Before it ended one week later, hundreds of armed police and an assault helicopter would be called to a burning downtown hotel to battle phantom gunmen who refused to be killed.