DEBUT FICTION: Dow is the author of several critically acclaimed works of nonfiction on the death penalty, and death row inmates. This is his first novel.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Dow’s book The Autobiography of an Execution was an NBCC finalist and won the B&N Discover Prize for nonfiction.
20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Dow has been at the forefront of the fight against the death penalty for twenty years; this book rings with authentic anger from his personal experience.
RELEVANT ISSUE: This stands to become an essential work, tackling a tough social issue with grace and expertise.
Reviews for THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION
“David Dow’s extraordinary memoir lifts the veil on the real world of representing defendants on death row. It will stay with me a long time.” --Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine
“Defending the innocent is easy. David Dow fights for the questionable. He is tormented, but relentless, and takes us inside his struggle with candor and insight, shudders and all.”—Dave Cullen, author of Columbine
“Dow’s book is a sobering, gripping and candid look into the death penalty.”—Publishers Weekly
“For a lot of good reasons, and some that are not so good, executions in the U.S. are carried out in private. The voters, the vast majority of whom support executions, are not allowed to see them. The Autobiography of an Execution is a riveting and compelling account of a Texas execution written and narrated by a lawyer in the thick of the last minute chaos. It should be read by all those who support state sponsored killing.”—John Grisham, author of The Innocent Man
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