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Shot In The Heart

Mikal Gilmore

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ISBN 10: 0385422938 / ISBN 13: 9780385422932
Published by Doubleday,, New York:, 1994
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Fine in illustrated paper covered boards. A small quarto measuring 9 1/8" tall by 6" deep. Without a dust jacket as issue; but, contained within a fine black cloth covered slip case. 105 pages of text. The story of the execution of Gary Gilmore in 1977, the author's brother. Bookseller Inventory # TB23287

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Title: Shot In The Heart

Publisher: Doubleday,, New York:

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

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The most powerful and haunting book of our time. Destined to be an American classic, this book tells more than the story of a troubled American family--it tells the story of a troubled America.

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"I have a story to tell. It is a story of murder told from inside the house where murder is born. It is the house where I grew up, a house that, in some ways, I have never been able to leave."

Mikal Gilmore is a Rolling Stone writer and the youngest brother of murderer Gary Gilmore, who became, in 1977, the first person to be executed in the United States after a 10-year hiatus, a case which was subsequently recounted in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song. This brave and eloquent book is the story that only Mikal Gilmore knows: the violence in multiple generations of his family, what the Gilmore house was like as he was growing up, his relationship with his brother, and his experience of the dramatic events surrounding Gary Gilmore's determination to be executed as planned, without appeal. Shot in the Heart pulls off the rare feat of conveying intense emotion without sentimentality or self-pity. The author's struggle is to set himself apart from the lurid true-crime fraternity of his father and brothers yet remain able to understand why he feels both guilty and lonely over his exclusion from his family's violent history. --Fiona Webster

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