Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison

Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison

IN 12 YEARS, MICHELLE LYONS WITNESSED NEARLY 300 EXECUTIONS. First as a reporter and then as a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle was a frequent visitor to Huntsville's Walls Unit, where she recorded and relayed the final moments of death row inmates' lives before they were put to death by the state. Michelle was in the death chamber as some IN 12 YEARS, MICHELLE LYONS WITNESSED NEARLY 300 EXECUTIONS. First as a reporter and then as a spokesperson for...

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Title:Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison
Author:Michelle Lyons
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B0799LB52S
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Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Death Row: The Final Minutes: My life as an execution witness in America’s most infamous prison Reviews

  • merritt
    Jun 21, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Kristin
    May 05, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

  • Petra X
    May 15, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

  • Rob Twinem
    Jul 18, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

  • Rob Twinem
    Jul 18, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

  • Elizabeth
    May 13, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

  • Dipra Lahiri
    May 31, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

  • Hannah Renowden
    Aug 29, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Aug 30, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

  • Jeanette
    May 21, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

  • Andre Swart
    Sep 20, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

  • Big Bob
    Sep 18, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

    ...

  • Laura
    Jul 11, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

  • Lucy Catten
    Aug 03, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Emma Aherne
    Jul 23, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

  • Standa
    Jul 08, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

  • Nowel Guindie
    May 28, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Nagy Gábor Dániel
    Jun 09, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

  • MRS C WAUDE
    Jul 21, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • G. Goodson
    May 14, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

  • Stacey Foskett
    Jun 20, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Emma Scargill
    Jul 26, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Debbie Cleaveley
    Jun 26, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

  • Harlee
    Jul 21, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

  • Megan
    Jul 15, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

  • sandra  elliott
    Jul 06, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

  • Linda Young
    May 22, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Alexandra
    Jun 18, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

  • Stuart Martin
    May 30, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...

    An odd book, more about the author than death row, but with some interesting insights into various executions, the processes involved and the ongoing emotional effect that this has on inmates and prison staff alike. The latter part of the book deals with the author?s own injustices i...

    This book was interesting to begin with, Lyons' experience of the execution chamber is moving and disturbing and she brings up lots to think about and churn over. However it quickly becomes meandering and almost purposeless. It becomes less a book about execution and more about Lyons' ...

    Heart wrenching in the best possible way This was such a wonderful book. I feel like I know her because this book basically tells her whole life story in a nutshell. Such a good read, I read it in a week. I hope she knows how awesome she is and that we are all (or at least I am) roo...

    Incredible read This was an incredibly important read. It looks at the authors time working in the Texas prison system. She talks in detail on what it is like to witness numerous executions. No matter your view on capital punishment this is an important read. Highly recommend ...

    Surely one of the toughest jobs on the planet; it takes an incredible amount of mental strength. But even the strongest will eventually buckle at some point. The stories around the death row inmates are macabre and make for unpleasant reading. ...

    Final minutes Well written, told with compassion. As an European it's baffling how anyone can execute other person. No matter how heinous the crime. It's the law, the author states, that is mostly revenge. ...

    The naked truth The personal review of Michelle Lyons of the TDCJ and death penalty is eye-opening. Reading the official and personal sides of the stories are very interesting to read. ...

    I really enjoyed this book, it is honestly very interesting and makes you think about your stance on the death penalty without pushing towards a side. I appreciate that. It?s also a perspective you don?t get to see much in terms of the prison system. ...

    Fascinating, sad, shocking and funny! Superbly written! Didn?t want it to end!!! ...

    Ok, not what I expected. More like a biography ...

    Not everyone?s cup of tea but a fascinating insight into the life of a reporter who witnesses death row executions. It was interesting to read how she became involved in this and all I can say is it takes all sorts. She is a braver woman than me and there were examples of how the pre...

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  • Jane Jackson
    May 28, 2018

    Michelle Lyons' theme song could be "We shall not be moved". It takes a lot to get her going, and executions just don't do it. Getting fired unfairly does, that she's passionate about. You'd think it would be the other way round wouldn't you? This is two books in one. The first is t...

    This was a fascinating book about life as a journalist covering the Texas prison scene, and more specifically death row inmates. I found it fraught with honesty and was impressed upon how the author made a name for herself in a very male dominated work environment. The authors stor...

    Disappointing Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaitin...

    An interesting concept, but lacking in execution (pardon the pun). Michelle Lyons is from Texas, but the book uses British English, which is quite jarring when the events take place in the south. This book was published by a British house, but it seems an odd choice, especially with...

    I found this a very compelling read, but ultimately like most books on this topic, a problematic one. Initially it reads as an interesting exposition of what appears to be a shift in views on the death penalty from two individuals who worked in communications roles in the industry. I ...

    Michelle Lyons acts as a go between for the Huntsvilles Walls unit in Texas and press, families etc. Essentially Death Row is a chronicle of the time she spent there, the prisoners executed and the people she knew. The novel reads like a diary as she recalls those awaiting death by inj...

    Meh. Badly written, a wasted opportunity. ...

    Ok read. Kind of of whoa is me book. I feel she has an ax to grind and that's what came out in this book. No job is flawless and perfect to its employees. You do your job and cash their pay checks, or you look for something else you won't enjoy, in time. Get over yourself! ...

    Disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. Michelle has always been a good writer and storyteller and that hasn't changed since I worked with her in the mid 90s. I read the book in only a few hours, staying up past my bedtime. I already knew the basic outlines of both Michelle's life...

    I am anti-death penalty and before I read this book I didn't understand why anybody would support it. I still don't support it, but I now have a far more nuanced view of the subject. Death Row: The Final Minutes is a poignant, thought-provoking and sometimes tough read, about how capit...