Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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I. Loose the Fateful Lightning

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pp. 1-116

On Florida's death row, in the bloom time of spring, grimy windows beyond the cell bars glow with the beauty of freedom, and reminders of the living world stream through in a ceaseless taunt. Sunshine teases but doesn't touch the men...

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II. Dancing on the Head of a Pin

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pp. 119-301

The breakfast carts rattle through the concrete prison at about half past five, and as they approach death row the first sounds of morning repeat the last sounds of night-remote- controlled locks clanking open and clunking closed, electric gates...

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III. A Failure of Execution

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pp. 303-419

Some 230 people lived on Florida's death row by 1986-several had been there a dozen years. Their fate was the subject of political campaigns and judicial seminars and angry letters to the editor. But somehow the whole vast, chaotic enterprise of...

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Acknowledgments

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p. 421

This book would not have been written without the support, instruction, and encouragement of many people. First, my friends and teachers at The Miami Herald. In the pages and on the expense accounts of that fine newspaper, I was allowed to

Sources

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pp. 423-449

Index

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pp. 451-469