I have a newfound respect for John Grisham. He tells this true story in an entertaining way and gives us new insights into local law and the death penalty.
Some Grisham fans may not enjoy non-fiction. At times the story gets a little tedious and bogged down. Twelve hours is a little too long. Overall I found the story compelling and disturbing. A one time all-star ball player becomes a miserable wreck of a person suffering from mental illness and alcoholism and is targeted by local law enforcement for a murder he did not commit. His friend, who is a high school science teacher, was merely guilty by association. It is reprehensible that so many people in the criminal justice system dishonored the constitution. Their conduct was egregious. Fact is stranger than fiction. This was a great story that needed to be told and John Grisham tells the story in a passionate manner.
I am a Grisham fan, and still am after reading this book. After years of treating us to his classic non-fiction, I respect his taking on new challenges such as The Painted House and now this well written piece of non-fiction. For those who love Grisham’s traditional writing style, this is a bit different -- weaving multiple characters and facts into an accurate account. I imagine it would have been easier for Grisham to embellish the facts, “Grishamize” it, and claim the book to be based on a true story. Instead, he stuck to the facts, but told the story well. As a result, the reader is able to appreciate the book for its fascinating portrayal of a true story. While I still love his traditional writing style, I also enjoyed this book immensely, and hope Grisham keeps surprising us with new things.
This was the most boring and disappointing book that I Grisham has written. What happened to the author that wrote The Firm and A Time To Kill? I would not recomment spending time or money with this one.
This book is a true crime story, not a fictional work. However, it is told in true Grisham fashion. Another sad story of police railroading an innocent man, just to be finished with the case.
The "Innocent Man" is a detailed portrayal of true events that demonstrate the fallicies in our system of crime investigation and justice. Its a story of botched investigations, local prejudice, and small town thinking than landed a man on death row. The character development was vivid and life descriptions were realistic.
The book was long and tedious. Those same detailed character developments and life descriptions that built realism became too long and it became difficult to maintain continuity.
Wasson's narrative lacked enthusium and voice inflections. It was a good accounting of events, but was just a narrative rather than a storytelling.
The portrayal of facts of the case.
The reader is top notch. The research is remarkably thorough. It helps you see the occasional failures of the US judicial system.
It's like a long Dateline episode.
He changed voices for the protagonist. After a while, you feel like you're listening to the actual person he's portraying.
Hair evidence is completly unreliable.
You'll really root for the protagonist and empathize with his plight. This is in spite of the fact that he's not a very likable person.
Until listening to this book I had never consider myself a fan of the Narrators. I enjoyed the book as much to the credit of Wasson as to the author. They are both exceptional at telling stories.
Craig Wasson is an amazing narrator. I could listen to him read the dictionary, and be entertained. I love this book it is captivating. I couldn't wait to finish it. I live in Oklahoma and I am very familiar with Ada and small town justice. This book describes small town justice, or lack there of to a Tee.