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Life In Prison

A riveting account of the author’s seven year odyssey as a prison guard

Life In Prison

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Life In Prison

LIFE IN PRISON: Eight Hours at a Time, by Robert Reilly, is a riveting account of the author’s seven year odyssey as a prison guard.

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LIFE IN PRISON: Eight Hours at a Time, by Robert Reilly, is a riveting account of the author’s seven year odyssey as a prison guard.

After 13 years of struggle, and despite several modest recording and publishing deals in the United Kingdom, Australia, and The United States, Robert Reilly found himself broke and on the edge of despair. The specter of success in the music business had become a monster about to ruin his marriage and turn him into the sort of father who never saw his children. Something had to change, or something was going to break beyond repair. A chance conversation with a neighbor led him to apply, somewhat halfheartedly, for a job at the county prison. Although he hated the thought of a “real job,” a regular salary of $40,000 with benefits and paid time off seemed like a small fortune. “Amazingly, I somehow got hired. So, in an effort to do the right thing and put my family first, I left the madness of the music industry and entered the insanity of the U. S. prison system.”

In this gripping nonfiction account, Robert Reilly provides a look inside America’s prison system unlike any other, and the way it affects not only the prisoners themselves, but also the corrections officers and their families.

Reviews:

“Why would anyone want to be a prison guard? Why is our penal system so ineffective? What is it really like behind bars? These are the questions that dance in our heads and Robert Reilly has all the answers–and then some. He holds nothing back , relating a hellish experience in gripping, scary detail, well-earned page by well-earned page. Reader be warned: There’s no escape from Life in Prison.” –Hodding Carter, author of A Viking Voyage and Off the Deep End and Off the Deep End

“Take a man, an artist, musician writer — and cast him down into the stone steel hell of prison, but not as an inmate, as a guard, with all the pressures and dangers, and bizarre human interactions inherent in that situation and you have the setting for a powerful , brutally honest and inspiring book that will touch, shock and ultimately heal all those who read it…” –Billy Hayes – Author of Midnight Express

“Robert Reilly is not a journalist cruising from book to book. For years he lived the life of a prison guard as genuinely as a prisoner in a cell. But he’s also a real writer, a born and inspired storyteller who knows his craft as well as he knows his subject. His voice is an authentic howl, as true as a blues singer’s coming out of the swamps of hell.” –Peter Nichols, Author of A Voyage for Mad Men and Evolution’s Captain

About the Author:

Since leaving the department of corrections in 2007, Robert Reilly has worked as a boat builder, a breakfast chef, and as an outdoor education instructor at a nonprofit school in mid-coast Maine. He and his family live in Hope, Maine.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 9.00 x 1 in
Pages

288

ISBN

978-0-88448-412-7

Format

Hardcover

Author

Robert Reilly

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