The Master Executioner
NYT Bestselling author Harlen Coben says of Loren Estleman, "Loren Estleman is my hero," and Bestselling author John Lescroart calls him "The Stravinsky of hard-boiled prose..." Winner of multiple Spur, Western Heritage, and Stirrup awards, and a lifetime achievement award honoree by the Western Writers of America, Estleman is back with "The Master Executioner," a classic novel of the old west.
Ordinary people do not understand Oscar Stone. Everything he does, he does impeccably. He is a profound student of his art, completely versed in its traditions over the centuries. He is a student of ropes and their properties, a master of the latest scientific knowledge about the human neck, a careful calculator of weights and drops, and an exacting observer of results.
For more than a quarter of a century he has worked to create a reputation as a man peerless in his craft: the master executioner.
Yet he is utterly alone: His devotion to his work costs him his marriage. Suddenly, one day, a piece of his past catches him unawares, and Oscar comes to a moment of devastating truth and for the first time knows himself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - drmaf - LibraryThing
Quirky, somewhat melancholy little story that is nevertheless an interesting read. Not much of a story, the meat of the book is how a hangman does a good job of executing the condemned, and how he ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - brone - LibraryThing
Not his best in my opinion, Politicly correct (the only innocent man Hanged in the story was Black) and the number two man in the story was a drunkard Irish of course. Read full review
THE HANGMANS CHOICE
LEARNING THE ROPES
THE MASTER EXECUTIONER