Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget.
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"Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning work of journalistic fiction, centered on convicted killer Gary Gilmore, boasts a terrific narration by Maxwell Hamilton. After Gilmore was tried and convicted of the cold- blooded murder of two men, he insisted that he be executed for the crime. However, the state of Utah and the anti-death-penalty ACLU fought to keep him alive, frustrating his wishes. Hamilton embodies Gilmore from his small-time crook mentality to his self-aggrandizement, from his alcoholic rages to his complete indifference to other people's feelings. Hamilton is spot-on as he delivers Mailer's well-drawn sketches of the people in Gilmore's life--his family and friends--and their hardscrabble existence, capturing Utah's rigid moral code and scofflaw Gilmore's low regard for its restrictions. A remarkable tale and narration. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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