The Executioner's Song by Norman MailerRead about another entry on the list.
I get some strange looks when I cite this book as an influence. It's almost as if some people confuse the question "Which books influenced you?" with "Which writers do you uncritically adore, and do you also approve of them stabbing their spouses?" I don't like most of the Mailer books that I've read. But his book about serial killer Gary Gilmore is a masterpiece, and it changed the way I write.
The Executioner's Song also appears among J. Michael Lennon's ten best Mailer books, Ron Hansen's five best literary tales of real-life crimes and Sarah Weinman's seven best true crime books; it is one of five books that made a difference to Josh Brolin.
The Page 69 Test: Last Night in Montreal.
The Page 69 Test: The Singer's Gun.