Shot in the Heart

ISBN-10: 0385478003

ISBN-13: 9780385478007

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Mikal Gilmore

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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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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Mikal Gilmore was born on February 9, 1951 in Portland, Ore, and attended Portland State University. He chronicles his life's history in Shot in the Heart, which also tells the story of his brother, Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer whose execution by firing squad in 1979 drew national attention. (It was the subject of Norman Mailer's book The Executioner's Song, which was later adapted as a film.) Gilmore is known professionally as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine for more than 20 years. His book, Night Beat: Collected Writings on Rock & Roll Culture and other Disruptions, contains fascinating descriptions of the people and places in the rock music industry that he has seen. This book draws together two decades of criticism, interviews, reviews, and personal views of the living history of rock music.

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