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Shot in the Heart

by Mikal Gilmore

Biography / Autobiography

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An autobiography of the author Mikal and a biography of his brother, executed killer Gary Gilmore, this is more than a true-crime book—it's a dissection of the layers of violence that lie within a family and within the history of the USA.

Julie Cohen, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog.

Shot in the Heart Synopsis

Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in "The Executioner's Song," campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In "Shot In The Heart," he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a blacksheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a drunk, thief, and con man. It was a family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and murder. Mikal, burdened with the guilt of being his father's favorite and the shame of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a murder tale "from inside the house where murder is born... a house that, in some ways, [he has] never been able to leave." "Shot In The Heart" is the history of an American family inextricably tied up with violence, and the story of how the children of this family committed murder and murdered themselves in payment for a long lineage of ruin. Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, "Shot In The Heart" exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us would rather ignore. It is a book that will leave no reader unchanged.

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Shot in the Heart Press Reviews

"One of the most beautifully written, moving nonfiction ooks published in the past five years." -- Deidre Donahue, "USA Today."

"Remarkable, astonishing... "Shot In The Heart" reads like a combination of "Brothers Karamazov" and a series of Johnny Cash ballads... chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming." -- Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times."

"Mesmerizing... riveting and immensely moving... "Shot In The Heart" is a gesture of sustained couragethat just happens to be a page-turner." -- Daphne Merkin, "The New Yorker."

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ISBN: 9780385478007
Publication date: 01/09/1995
Publisher: Anchor Books; Anchor Books ed. edition
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780385478007
Publication date: 1st September 1995
Author: Mikal Gilmore
Publisher: Anchor Books; Anchor Books ed. edition
Format: Paperback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,

About Mikal Gilmore

Mikal Gilmore (born in Portland, Oregon on February 9, 1951) is an American writer and music journalist. In the 1970s Gilmore began writing music articles and criticism for Rolling Stone magazine. In 1999, his Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock and Roll was published by Anchor. In July 2009, he released another book, Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and its Discontents. It was published by Free Press. His brother Gary Gilmore (December 4, 1940 – January 17, 1977) was an American criminal who gained international attention for demanding the implementation of his death sentence for two murders he committed in Utah. After the U.S. Supreme ...

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