Notes on an Execution

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Orion, Jan 25, 2022 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Ansel Packer is scheduled to die in twelve hours.

He knows what he's done, and now awaits the same fate he forced on those girls, years ago. Ansel doesn't want to die; he wants to be celebrated, understood.

But this is not his story.

As the clock ticks down, three women uncover the history of a tragedy and the long shadow it casts. Lavender, Ansel's mother, is a seventeen-year-old girl pushed to desperation. Hazel, twin sister to his wife, is forced to watch helplessly as the relationship threatens to devour them all. And Saffy, the detective hot on his trail, is devoted to bringing bad men to justice but struggling to see her own life clearly.

This is the story of the women left behind.

Blending breathtaking suspense with astonishing empathy, Notes On An Execution presents a chilling portrait of womanhood as it unravels the familiar narrative of the American serial killer, interrogating our cultural obsession with crime stories, and asking readers to consider the false promise of looking for meaning in the minds of violent men.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

There have been no executions in Canada since 1962 although it took until 1999 for the death penalty to be formally abolished. I can remember debating the question of capital punishment in school in ... Read full review

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I was really excited about this book and it didn't really do it for me. I was listening to the audio in the car and reading the book at home - maybe the audio narrator threw me off? I enjoyed that ... Read full review

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About the author (2022)

Danya Kukafka is the internationally bestselling author of Girl in Snow. She is a graduate of New York University's School of Individualized Study. She works as a literary agent.

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