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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
The most amazing book...exquisitely written....by Gary Gilmore's brother.Published 11 days ago by Renee Lafarge
After reading Executioner's Song,I was interested in reading the account as written by Gary Gilmore's younger brother. Read morePublished 3 months 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 4 months ago by Hannah Angstadt-Gunning
This was a really great book. I felt so invested in his family throughout. Very sad story.Published 7 months ago by S. Bloomfield
One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. Absolutely chilling. A story you'll never forget.Published 8 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 10 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 11 months ago by Donna K Culpepper