Jim Nisbet’s cult classic Lethal
Injection, one of the first Black Lizard Books originals, has been out of
print in the United States for an unforgivably long time—but now it’s back, and
It’s about as noir as you can get. In a bleak Texas prison, Franklin Royce,
an alcoholic doctor, is given the odious task of administering inmate Bobby
Mencken’s last “high.” The young black man on the other end of the needle seems
remarkably indifferent to his fate—but Royce is convinced that the convicted
killer was innocent. When Royce’s marriage crumbles, he takes off for Dallas to
search for the real killer.
Of Nisbet, Germany’s Die Welt wrote,
“Neither Norman Mailer nor Truman Capote has in their writing been able to
produce such an intensity as Nisbet has achieved.” With sharp humor and a poet’s
ear for language, Nisbet has created a world that is assuredly bleak—but frighteningly real.
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