The Autobiography of an Execution
David R. Dow
On Sale: February 16, 2011
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Near the beginning of The Autobiography of an Execution,
David Dow lays his cards on the table. "People think that
because I am against the death penalty and don't think
people should be executed, that I forgive those people for
what they did. Well, it isn't my place to forgive people,
and if it were, I probably wouldn't. I'm a judgmental and
not very forgiving guy. Just ask my wife."
It this spellbinding true crime narrative, Dow takes us
inside of prisons, inside the complicated minds of judges,
inside execution-administration chambers, into the lives of
death row inmates (some shown to be innocent, others not)
and even into his own home--where the toll of working on
these gnarled and difficult cases is perhaps inevitably
paid. He sheds insight onto unexpected phenomena-- how even
religious lawyer and justices can evince deep rooted support
for putting criminals to death-- and makes palpable the
suspense that clings to every word and action when human
lives hang in the balance.
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