The Master Executioner

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Macmillan, Sep 16, 2002 - Fiction - 272 pages
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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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User 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

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This is a well-written novel set in the west in the post-Civil War era. The author shares a lot of history of that period and the science behind the making of a true master of a hangman. Read full review

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Contents

GALLOWS BIRD
1
THE HANGMANS CHOICE
19
ONE
21
TWO
29
THREE
38
FOUR
45
FIVE
54
SIX
64
FOURTEEN
134
FIFTEEN
140
SIXTEEN
149
SEVENTEEN
156
EIGHTEEN
164
MRS KETCH
175
NINETEEN
177
TWENTY
184

LEARNING THE ROPES
77
SEVEN
79
EIGHT
86
NINE
93
TEN
101
ELEVEN
108
LOOSE KNOT
117
TWELVE
119
THIRTEEN
127
TWENTYONE
193
TWENTYTWO
202
TWENTYTHREE
211
TWENTYFOUR
218
TWENTYFIVE
227
THE MASTER EXECUTIONER
231
ONE
251
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About the author (2002)

Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature.

He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received four Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective fiction. Estleman lives in Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

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