Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison

Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison

IN 12 YEARS, MICHELLE LYONS WITNESSED NEARLY 300 EXECUTIONS. First as a reporter and then as a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle was a frequent visitor to Huntsville's Walls Unit, where she recorded and relayed the final moments of death row inmates' lives before they were put to death by the state. Michelle was in the death chamber as some IN 12 YEARS, MICHELLE LYONS WITNESSED NEARLY 300 EXECUTIONS. First as a reporter and then as a spokesperson for...

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Title:Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison
Author:Michelle Lyons
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B0799LB52S
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison Reviews

  • Kristin
    May 05, 2018
    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...
  • Petra CigareX
    May 15, 2018
    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...
  • Rob Twinem
    Jul 18, 2018
    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...
  • Rob Twinem
    Jul 18, 2018
    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...
  • Elizabeth
    May 13, 2018
    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...
  • Dipra Lahiri
    May 31, 2018
    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...
  • Hannah Renowden
    Aug 29, 2018
    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Aug 30, 2018
    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...
  • Jeanette
    May 21, 2018
    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...
  • Tracy Shephard
    Jan 23, 2019
    This is a fabulous read and one that stirred emotions and thoughts that I never thought I had. Michelle Lyons witnessed over 300 deaths. The men and women sentenced to death by the state of Texas were sometimes the worst that society had bred, some were just unfortunate to have been...
  • Amanda Provan
    Feb 05, 2019
    This wasn't anywhere near as good as I was hoping it was going to be. Hearing about executions is interesting but this book lacked the structure and writing skills, which is surprising considering Michelle Lyons was a journalist for quite a few years. It had no real structure, it was a...
  • Astrid
    Feb 13, 2019
    I remember this book being advertised in the Daily Mail in 2018, and had wanted to read it since then - it was worth the wait. If you're looking for a book with gory details about executions, this isn't it. This book is so much more - it's Michelle's memoir (and Larry's!) and featur...
  • Laura
    Jul 11, 2018
    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...
  • Gillian Ashton
    Jan 25, 2019
    I couldn't stop reading this when I started. Michelle gives such a fascinating insight into the many different aspects of American Prisons and Death Row. What I really love is the fact that a lot of it sees both sides of the Death Penalty issue and unless you've really been in her shoe...
  • Emma Aherne
    Jul 23, 2018
    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...
  • Courtney Marie
    Feb 18, 2019
    4.8/5. Such an interesting book. A really emotional story actually. It?s sad to see how much her work affected her. I loved the way it was written and the perspectives between Michelle and Larry. A really good read ...
  • Paula Nichols
    Feb 17, 2019
    This is January's book from the library, albeit a little late! My library choices are those that I wouldn't ordinarily buy,and this fitted the bill. The title sounds macabre, but actually it was far from it. Michelle Lyons' book is a truthful account of the Texas Department of Corr...
  • G. Goodson
    May 14, 2018
    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...
  • Missy Maykis
    Jan 18, 2019
    This wasn?t just a book about death row in Texas, as I thought it would be. It was much more than that. This book covered the morality of the death penalty. The closure it brings some and the tragedy it brings other. I found it fascinating to see Michelle?s side of a prisoner?...
  • Debbie Cleaveley
    Jun 26, 2018
    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...
  • Riah Pilling
    Feb 10, 2019
    I really really struggled to put this book down because I was just so so fascinated the whole time. Michelle's story is definitely one worth reading. I would absolutely reccomend this to anyone interested in true crime or wanting more of an insight to the death penalty ...
  • Ezra Maloney
    Dec 31, 2018
    This was interesting and well written, I enjoyed the fact that both Michelle and Larry present their point of view without bias which allows the reader to come to their own conclusion about the death penalty (I?m closer to having a definitive opinion on this than before I read it whi...
  • Harlee
    Jul 21, 2018
    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...
  • sandra  elliott
    Jul 06, 2018
    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 13, 2019
    This is a disturbing, unsettling and challenging book. But it is a must read. I was sickened by the tales of the crimes of violence. Being around violence and people who committed horrid acts, even without the executions, has to affect you. There?s a strange contradiction: an ostensi...
  • Mrs E A Noblett
    Feb 08, 2019
    You must read this. I am not at all sure how I came to read this book, I am not usually a fan of non fiction, but I did read it and in one sitting. Ignoring housework, the promise to bake more cookies for the tin, even the need to visit the loo! It is an outstanding read, more revea...
  • Jane Jackson
    May 28, 2018
    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...
  • Donna Bateman
    Feb 18, 2019
    Although the theme of this book was sad in places (for the author); this was a really interesting book and I don't think that I've ever seen anything else like it. The reason why I bought it was because I had a curiosity with regards to the American Justice system and the reasons why t...
  • Sarah
    Jan 02, 2019
    The life of a woman who witnessed executions. As a crime fanatic and a criminology background there is so much out there about the criminals themselves, and the victims, however, it is rare to be thrust into the world of the people working in this kind of role, day in day out. As we ga...
  • Zsófi Németh
    Jan 09, 2019
    Honestly I would have preferred more objective facts, more interesting details about the mental state of the inmates, their last meals, thoughts, behavior during the execution. I had to sadly experience that this book more of a mea culpa, when the author tries to justify her ?job? ...