Friday, January 27, 2017

#17: Lethal Injection by Jim Nisbet

An alcoholic doctor, who makes ends meet by administering lethal injections at a nearby prison, believes he has killed an innocent man; when his marriage bottoms out, he decides to find the real killer in Jim Nisbet's Lethal Injection.

This inky-black noir has been labeled by some a contemporary classic of the genre, but is not for the faint-hearted.  The story is bracketed by two scenes that are especially not for the squeamish; the opening lethal injection at the prison, and a heart-stopping finale in a squalid apartment, where a lethal dose of drugs is unwittedly passed around.

The doctor's dark path is compelling throughout, and Nisbet writes with a literary bent; but I will have to rest my mind a while before seeking out more of his work.

I listened to this in a good audiobook reading on loan from the New Castle Henry County Public Library in New Castle, Indiana.

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