The Master Executioner

The Master Executioner

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312869700
0312869703
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 22 cm

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Dec 05, 2017

Not a big fan of westerns? That's okay. Read this book anyway.

Because its genre is only that, especially in its setting; the time and a place. This is one part character study--the protagonist, the hangman of the title. One part criminal and crime study.

And simply one of the best books I've ever read. And I read a LOT.

It's so much different than most of the author's many, many novels, and so much deeper that I was amazed when I read it and still am, years later.

Estleman is an accomplished writer in whatever genre he work in (Aces and Eights, for the western fan; The Confessions of Al Capone for historical novel fans), but THIS one...a cut above.

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