• Lerner's white-collar Everyman perspective may force readers to truly see the cruel inequities of our current system . . . hard to put down, even harder to forget.

    Kirkus Reviews
  • A magnetic memoir and a compelling addition to the contemporary reporting of life in the American penal system and one man's place in it.

    Waterstones Books Quarterly
  • A considerable achievement . . . Forthrightly pulls back the curtain on a brutal system of punitive penal warehousing.

    The Washington Post
  • A grim and vivid account of life inside the unnamed dehumanising Nevada jail which was Lerner's home between 1998 and 2002, and the events leading up to his imprisonment there . . . A Hardyesque tale of spiralling inevitability towards disaster . . . The mix of characters is extraordinarily rich.

  • He tells his tale, leading up to why he committed murder in the first place, with extraordinary humour, a raw tension and an ear for dialogue straight from God.


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