The Master Executioner
By Loren D. Estleman
NYT Bestselling author Harlen Coben says of Loren Estleman, “Loren Estleman is my hero,” and Bestselling author John Lescroart calls him “The Stravinsky of hard-boiled prose…” Winner of multiple Spur, Western Heritage, and Stirrup awards, and a lifetime achievement award honoree by the Western Writers of America, Estleman is back with “The Master Executioner,” a classic novel of the old west.
Ordinary people do not understand Oscar Stone. Everything he does, he does impeccably. He is a profound student of his art, completely versed in its traditions over the centuries. He is a student of ropes and their properties, a master of the latest scientific knowledge about the human neck, a careful calculator of weights and drops, and an exacting observer of results.
For more than a quarter of a century he has worked to create a reputation as a man peerless in his craft: the master executioner.
Yet he is utterly alone: His devotion to his work costs him his marriage. Suddenly, one day, a piece of his past catches him unawares, and Oscar comes to a moment of devastating truth and for the first time knows himself.