The Executioner s Song Book
Score: 3
From 32 Ratings

The Executioner s Song

  • Author : Norman Mailer
  • Publisher : Paw Prints
  • Release Date : 2009-07-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 1056
  • ISBN 10 : 144201900X

The Executioner s Song Excerpt :

Reconstructs the crime and fate of Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer who sought his own execution in Utah, based on taped interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and law-enforcement officials.

The Executioner s Song Book
Score: 3
From 32 Ratings

The Executioner s Song

  • Author : Norman Mailer
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1980
  • Genre: American fiction
  • Pages : 1024
  • ISBN 10 : 0446805580

The Executioner s Song Excerpt :

In what is arguably his greatest book--written in 1979 and reissued here in trade paperback--America's most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's prisons who---after robbing two men and killing them in cold blood--insisted on dying for his crime.

Shot in the Heart Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Shot in the Heart

  • Author : Mikal Gilmore
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2009-09-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307423641

Shot in the Heart Excerpt :

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, Shot in the Heart exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us would rather ignore. It is a book that will leave no reader unchanged. Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In Shot in the Heart, he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a black sheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a drunk, thief, and con man. It was a family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and murder. Mikal, burdened with the guilt of being his father's favorite and the shame of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a murder tale "from inside the house where murder is born... a house that, in some ways, [he has] never been able to leave." Shot in the Heart is the history of an American family inextricably tied up with violence, and the story of how the children of this family committed murder and murdered themselves in payment for a long lineage of ruin.

Animal V  Executioner s Song Book

Animal V Executioner s Song

  • Author : K'wan
  • Publisher : Write 2 Eat Concepts, LLC
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 9780998106182

Animal V Executioner s Song Excerpt :

When the Grand Design is finally revealed it will spell the last ride for Mr. Armed and Brokenhearted. In this final installment of the widely popular “Animal” series, we find our anti-hero on a hunt for the woman who forced him to pick his guns back up when she burned his entire world down. The traitorous, Red Sonja. She alone holds the key to saving his children and avenging his murdered wife, Gucci, but first he has to find her. To do this, Animal reassembles his old gang: The Dog Pound for what will prove to be their most dangerous mission yet. The stakes are higher than ever and not everyone is expected to make it, but the members of the Pound readily accept the task and the risks that come with it. With his old friends, and a few new ones, Animal is on the hunt for his elusive prey. Then the unthinkable happens and there is an earth-shattering discovery that will change everything, including loyalties. Meanwhile, the Black Lotus finds herself a prisoner in a place she had once called home. Having been branded a traitor by the Brotherhood of Blood, she is remanded to the mountain fortress while awaiting trial for the crimes she stands accused of. Unbeknownst to her, there are some within the Brotherhood who would rather see her dead than exonerated. Kahllah has unearthed a dark conspiracy which could clear her name, but at the cost of destroying the Brotherhood of Blood, which makes her a threat to the conspirators and a moving target. The hunter finds herself the hunted and her only chance of surviving the mountain will be to place her fate in the hands of an unlikely champion. The table is set finally set and the meal served. Pull up a chair, because this will be the “Last Supper.”#TeamAnimal

The Executioner s Apprentice Book

The Executioner s Apprentice

  • Author : D. K. Holmberg
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-01-26
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1946586021

The Executioner s Apprentice Excerpt :

Executioners search for justice, not vengeance. Finn questions why it can't be both.As apprentice to the master executioner, Finn struggles to understand his place in the city as he searches for truth in those sentenced. The job is more complicated than he ever imagined. He's proven his understanding of the basics, but for him to serve as an executioner-if that's what he wants-he needs mastery.Distracted by his search for a way to heal his still ailing mother despite the hegen magic, he finds himself at odds with the master executioner. When assigned his first solo case, he knows he needs to impress Meyer. An investigation into a fire that burned through an entire section of the city leads Finn to learn of a greater threat to Verendal-and the entire kingdom. When only Finn believes there's more to the fire, can he save the city or will his quest for vengeance finally lead to his downfall?

Summary and Analysis of The Executioner s Song Book

Summary and Analysis of The Executioner s Song

  • Author : Worth Books
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-01-31
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504043700

Summary and Analysis of The Executioner s Song Excerpt :

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Executioner’s Song tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Norman Mailer’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This summary of The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer includes: Historical context Part-by-part summaries Detailed timeline of key events Profiles of the main characters Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer: Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Executioner’s Song tells the story of Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer whose death penalty sentence became a lightning rod for public debate over capital punishment. Though it reads like a novel, the book is a magnum opus of creative nonfiction, drawing from reams of documents and countless hours of interviews to paint a nuanced picture of Gilmore and the events that led up to his 1979 execution by firing squad. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Oswald s Tale Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

Oswald s Tale

  • Author : Norman Mailer
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2007-01-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 864
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588365934

Oswald s Tale Excerpt :

In perhaps his most important literary feat, Norman Mailer fashions an unprecedented portrait of one of the great villains—and enigmas—in United States history. Here is Lee Harvey Oswald—his family background, troubled marriage, controversial journey to Russia, and return to an “America [waiting] for him like an angry relative whose eyes glare in the heat.” Based on KGB and FBI transcripts, government reports, letters and diaries, and Mailer’s own international research, this is an epic account of a man whose cunning, duplicity, and self-invention were both at home in and at odds with the country he forever altered. Praise for Oswald’s Tale “America’s largest mystery has found its greatest interpreter.”—The Washington Post Book World “Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance. . . . From the American master conjurer of dark and swirling purpose, a moving reflection.”—Robert Stone, The New York Review of Books “A narrative of tremendous energy and panache; the author at the top of his form.”—Christopher Hitchens, Financial Times “The performance of an author relishing the force and reach of his own acuity.”—Martin Amis, The Sunday Times (London) Praise for Norman Mailer “[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.”—The New York Times “A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.”—The New Yorker “Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post “A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.”—Life “Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The New York Review of Books “The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.”

The Executioner s Right Book

The Executioner s Right

  • Author : D. K. Holmberg
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-01-05
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 518
  • ISBN 10 : 1946586013

The Executioner s Right Excerpt :

Executioners don't solve crimes, they punish those who commit them. Or so Finn thought before apprenticed to one. Poverty-stricken Finn Jagger would give anything to heal his ailing mother. With his father imprisoned, Finn has joined a thieving crew to earn the money he needs to save her. When the latest heist turns to disaster and lands him on death row, Finn's future seems to be tied up with a noose. Until the king's executioner claims him as an apprentice. Finn soon learns an Executioner has far more power and greater responsibility than he'd ever realized. As inquisitor and detective, he must find the truth behind each sentence he carries out. It's a challenging job, but one that Finn is surprisingly good at. When the crew decides Finn could be the key to completing an impossible heist that threatens the kingdom, he's forced to choose between his new job and his old friends. And making the wrong choice could cost him everything.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

  • Author : Hendrik Groen
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781455542147

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Excerpt :

A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Bachman's A Man Called Ove: an irresistible, funny, charming, and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. "FUNNY AND FRANK...A STORY WITH A GREAT DEAL OF HEART."--Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is....elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel--on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow "inmates," too seriously. With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club--"Rule #3: No Whining Allowed"--and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home's humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences. A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.

Jack and Norman Book

Jack and Norman

  • Author : Jerome Loving
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250107008

Jack and Norman Excerpt :

This is the story of an author and his apprentice. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy. It is also the story of incarceration in America. Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a talented writer who deserved another chance at freedom. With letters of support from Mailer and other literary elites of the day, Abbott was released on parole in 1981. With Mailer’s help, Abbott quickly became the literary “it boy” of New York City. But in a shocking turn of events, the day before a rave review of Abbott’s book, In the Belly of the Beast, appeared in The New York Times, Abbott murdered a New York City waiter and fled to Mexico. Eerily, like Gary Gilmore in Mailer’s true-life novel, Abbott killed within six weeks of his release from prison. Now Jerome Loving explores the history of two of the most infamous books of the past 50 years, a fascinating story that has never before been told.

The Executioner s Blade Book

The Executioner s Blade

  • Author : D. K. Holmberg
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-02-16
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 194658603X

The Executioner s Blade Excerpt :

The Executioner s Daughter Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Executioner s Daughter

  • Author : Jane Hardstaff
  • Publisher : Carolrhoda Books
  • Release Date : 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781606845622

The Executioner s Daughter Excerpt :

A thrilling historical adventure (with Common Core connections) set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times.Perfect for fans of Matthew J. Kirby's The Clockwork Three and F.E. Higgins'sThe Black Book of Secrets. Basket Girl, When you're dead Who will carry All the heads? The crowds at the Tower of London love a good execution. As the basket girl, it's Moss's job to catch the heads that her father chops off. It's a life she longs to leave behind, but she, too, is a prisoner and there's no escaping the Tower walls. Or is there? A hidden tunnel takes her to the shores of the great River Thames, where she meets Salter, a river rat who teaches her how to survive with her wits, and the occasional theft. But there's a reason Moss's father insisted she never go near the river--a deal struck long ago--and now payment is due. . . . Jane Hardstaff's The Executioner's Daughter is a thrilling historical adventure with a hint of a ghost story set amid the glamour and grime of Tudor London during the reign of Henry VIII. Praise for The Executioner's Daughter: Longlisted for the 2015 Oxfordshire Book Award "Hardstaff has a real talent for creating a sense of place and drama . . . and her descriptions of the wretchedness of life on the river and a child's lowly lot are worth locking yourself up for an afternoon's reading pleasure." --The Times (London) "This notable debut mixes vivid history with supernatural adventure, and from its dark depths friendship, forgiveness, and parental love rise to the surface." --The Sunday Times

Why Are We in Vietnam  Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Why Are We in Vietnam

  • Author : Norman Mailer
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2017-07-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399591761

Why Are We in Vietnam Excerpt :

“It is impossible to walk away from this novel without being sharply reminded of the fact that Norman Mailer is a writer of extraordinary ability.”—Chicago Tribune Featuring a new foreword by Mailer scholar Maggie McKinley Published nearly twenty years after Norman Mailer’s fiction debut, The Naked and the Dead, this acclaimed novel further solidified the author’s stature as one of the most important figures in contemporary American literature. Ranald “D. J.” Jethroe, Texas’s most precocious teenager, recounts a brutal hunting trip he took to Alaska—in a story of fathers and sons, myth and masculinity, character and corruption. Both entertaining and profound, Why Are We in Vietnam? is an exceptional, timeless work awaiting discovery by a new generation of readers. Praise for Why Are We in Vietnam? “A book of great integrity. All the old qualities are here: Mailer’s remarkable feeling for the sensory event, the detail, ‘the way it was,’ his power and energy.”—The New York Review of Books “A tour de force, a treatise on human nature.”—The Dallas Morning News “A brilliant piece of writing.”—Newsweek “Original, courageous, and provocative.”—The New York Times

Pierrepoint Book


  • Author : Steve Fielding
  • Publisher : Kings Road Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008-07-07
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 9781843585633

Pierrepoint Excerpt :

Between them, the three men in the fearsome Pierrepoint dynasty executed over 800 people during a career spanning more than half a century. Henry, his brother Thomas, and his son Albert, dispatched some of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, and in the process earned a public notoriety that followed them throughout their eventful lives.For years, the three men were faced with the task -- prestigious to some, horrific to many others -- of being the last point of contact for the guilty and condemned. The Pierrepoints executed criminals the nation over before travelling to many countries including Egypt and postwar Germany, where they hanged Nazi war criminals, and gained a reputation as the world's most deadly practitioners of the art of hanging."Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners" recounts the intriguing stories of the three men and the effect that their macabre occupation had on their personal lives. This definitive guide is filled with shocking inside tales from the official records and diaries kept by the Pierrepoint family. With revealing insights into the intense rivalry between fellow executioners, new light is shed on the menacing world of years gone by.

Pictures at an Execution Book

Pictures at an Execution

  • Author : Wendy Lesser
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 1998-07-21
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0674667360

Pictures at an Execution Excerpt :

This book is about murder - in life and in art - and about how we look at it and feel about it. At the centre of Wendy Lesser's investigation is a legal case in which a federal court judge was asked to decide whether a gas chamber execution would be broadcast on public television. Lesser conducts us through the proceedings, pausing along the way to reflect on the circumstances of violent death in our culture. Her book is also a meditation on murder in a civilized society - what we make of it in law, morality and art.