Had to read this as part of a graduate course and it was the most interesting of all of the books we were required to read. It's told from the serial killers point of view so you don't know how much is true, how much is exagerated, and how much is minimized but it's worth the read all the same. I read a lot of true crime, nonfiction books and this book stands out. There are recounted stories that a person can never forget.
First of all, I seriously doubt that this book is the "final truth." This is an autobiography by a lying, sadistic monster. Who would really expect it to be the unbiased truth? Self-serving and one-sided is more like it. For example, when he kills one woman who he had some sort of personal relationship with (I believe she was his cousin...I don't remember, but she was not a random stranger as many of his victims were) he says that as she was dying, she tried to "hold on" for as long as possible and prolong her own death, because she cared for him and wanted him to get as much pleasure from her death as possible.
This true crime is a very graphic description given by our killer. This criminal starts out stealing,committing arson, then rape and finally torture and murder. His killing spree begins in 1969 and ends with death row inmate Rudolph Tyner just days before Gaskin's 1991 electrocution. This is the only autobiography of a serial killer ever published.