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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
This L.A. Times award winner by the brother of murderer Gary Gilmore tells a multigenerational tale of familial abuse.
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After reading Executioner's Song,I was interested in reading the account as written by Gary Gilmore's younger brother. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Angus McTavish
I have now read this book for the third time, and I am always amazed at how moving this story is. It is a beautiful and crushing effort to make peace and sense of the past and of a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hannah Angstadt-Gunning
This was a really great book. I felt so invested in his family throughout. Very sad story.Published 4 months ago by S. Bloomfield
One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. Absolutely chilling. A story you'll never forget.Published 5 months ago by Girl Writer
Ann Rule recommended this true crime book. Mikal Gilmore is the younger brother of Gary Gilmore, the first executed man in Utah after the death penalty was reinstated. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sylviastel
I am truly surprised at how much I am enjoying this book. It is not a happy tale obviously but it is very well written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donna K Culpepper
This book stayed with me for a long time. I found it sad on so many levels. What could have been? At which points in their lives could everything have completely turned around on... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aspiring Yogini