Ansel Parker is twelve hours away from justice as he awaits his execution in a Texas jail. He’s a serial killer and he’s scheming to escape. Parker’s story is revealed through a narrator’s telling of his story as well as flashbacks from his mother, his wife’s twin sister and a female detective. Parker’s early childhood years shed some light on how he became the man sitting on death row. Saffy Singh, the detective, overcame a troubled childhood of her own and didn’t stop investigating Parker even when her superiors believed she had the wrong man for the murders of three seventeen-year-old girls.
Parker wants people to understand him. Yet he doesn’t really understand himself. But it’s the stories of the women that are the most compelling and affecting. Author Danya Kukafka has written a very heavy, powerful book that is sad and troubling. And so well done. Notes on an Execution is intelligent and thought-provoking.
Many thanks to William Morrow/Custom House/HarperCollins and Scene of the Crime for the opportunity to read this book in advance of its publication.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Crime Fiction / Suspense.
Publication Date: January 25, 2022.
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