Author of "The Enchanted" Rene Denfeld on a different kind of truth about death row and the people connected to it

Death row investigator & author of "The Enchanted", Rene Denfeld explores the world of men and women connected to death row. And they're more than characters ... they are people in her life. (Harper Collins)


When Rene Denfeld began investigating the lives of prisoners on death row in the U.S., she found more humanity than she expected. Rene Denfeld talks about the reality behind her best-selling novel, "The Enchanted".

"Almost every night, the corpse valets collect the dead. Even down here in the dungeon I hear them, pushing their squeaking carts down the stone halls far above me. They come here too, after every execution. The door slams, and the men down the row turn their faces to walls, afraid to see the caretakers of death pushing their cart. Really, there is nothing to see. Even under their hoods, their faces are folded into themselves. If you were to touch them, they would disappear, like smoke."

Excerpt from Rene Denfeld's new novel, "The Enchanted"


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In spite of its title, "The Enchanted" is a dark exploration of the world of death row and the men and women who are connected to it.

Rene Denfeld is among them. For her, the prisoners on death row are not just characters. They are people in her life.

Rene Denfeld is a death row investigator, as well as the author of "The Enchanted." She was in Portland, Oregon.

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