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A well written and powerful non-fiction story about a man on death row, how he got there, and what he suffered once he was there.
What I liked most
Your writing is graphic and intense, and makes it easy to imagine some of the horrible scenes.
the Pharmacist was feisty -> There are a few places where you capitalize the occupation like this, and it really should be lower case, "the pharmacist".
He received a death sentence to be carried out in five years -> This doesn't sound right. Did they ever give a death sentence that explicitly stated someone had to wait five years, or did it just take five years to get through the system? Your sentence implies the former, but I think the latter more likely.
He was sorry for what he had done. Without the drugs, he was a nice guy. If you got in trouble there, punishment was confinement in a metal box, unable to stand, in the blinding Louisiana sun. -> The juxtaposition here is confusing. It starts by sounding as if he was a nice guy when not on drugs, then makes it sound as if he was a nice guy because the punishment for not being a nice guy was so harsh. The sentences just seem to contradict each other's points.
Aside from these points, I have to say that the underlying premise seems to be that drugs make people do bad things, so the drugs should be blamed rather than the people. While this has some truth to it, it seems far too simplistic to describe the real world, where many things (alcohol, drugs, abuse, neglect) could be used to excuse all sorts of crimes.
A powerful and intense story that brings up some of the true horrors of both the penal system in general, and the death penalty in particular.
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