“The prisoners who are sent to E Block at Cold Mountain Penitentiary come and then they… go. One man, however is destined to make a lasting impression.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Set on the penitentiary’s death row and told from the point of view of the head warder on the block, The Green Mile is a curious story in many ways but it is, from my perspective one of King’s finest stories. It was also made into a rather good film.
The setting is certainly an absorbing one, giving the reader an up close and personal view of life and death in an American prison’s execution block.
There are some fascinating character studies of the staff and inmates and a graphic account of an execution by electric chair. Surprisingly enough, this is a feel-good story where the warders are, for the most part, decent, likeable and sensitive people and even the condemned inmates turn out to be “just human” (again, for the most part).