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Publisher Description

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition.

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.

Fiction & Literature
May 8
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Littledc3 ,

The executioners song

He only killed two people. How horrible and heartbreaking this was for the two men murdered and their families. Could this have been prevented. I read this book right after it first came out years ago and I’ve just read it again. I had no pity for Gilmore or his silly girlfriend.

Leo D ,

An exercise in depiction

Gary Gilmore was a real man who killed two real men and paid the ultimate price for his actions. What Mailer labors over here is an exercise in painting a portrait of a murderer with no moral compass. We learn about Gilmore, but not about why he murdered. Readers should be prepared to come to many of their own conclusions about the subject. Mailer has presented the man, now we must decide his intentions.This prize winner is worth every minute of your time.

WaveSkiBoy ,

The Executioner's Love Song

Mailer's love of words, of thoughts, of ideas, and of characters shines through on every page. Gargantuan in its length, it is as compelling as a finely crafted short story. Brilliant at times, never less than superb, this song is a melody that will long linger..... Arguably his finest work, it, like Capote's IN COLD BLOOD, changed American literature forever.

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