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Om Killing Time
How does it feel to defend a serial killer? To tell a young man that he will be executed in fifteen minutes' time? To explain to your five-year-old son that you're late home again because you couldn't help someone at work? To realise that a death row convict whose life you hold in your hands is actually innocent?As David R. Dow reveals in this haunting yet gripping memoir, a life spent trying to save the lives of guilty murderers in Houston, Texas, where 99% of death row appeals are rejected, is intensely unforgiving. Yet this routine of resignation -- to the fate of both his clients and his young family, whom he can feel slipping away from him by the day -- takes on a new and startling urgency when he becomes convinced that one of his clients, whose execution is just weeks away, is actually innocent.The system he has to persuade of this is a corrupt and hopelessly ineffective one, involving lawyers who fall asleep during their clients' trials, judges who are hostile to the very idea of justice, and executioners who rely on inmates for moral support. Yet to lose this fight, which as he knows is nearly inevitable, would be to watch an innocent man be murdered.Written with searing immediacy, KILLING TIME is a modern masterpiece of personal narrative: a morally overwhelming and truly exhilarating story of justice, integrity, family, and -- most of all -- hope.