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 is one of the best books I have ever read, it sure falls in the top 5. I was taken aback at the justice system and how hard it can be once your in it. I don't condone crimes but feel that everyone should be treated fairly. I also commend Mr Grisham on the thorough research, I found myself feeling strongly for the families in this book. This would be a great Christmas gift to an avid reader.
Oh my God! This was the most condescending, ridiculous and drawn-out analysis of a legal case that I have ever read. I would prefer to read actual court briefs prepared by high paid corporate lawyers. By the time I was half way through this I was ready to confess to the crime myself just to make the droning stop! Stick to the non-fiction Grisham - there is a reason he is an author and no longer practicing law!
While this was a very good story and the narrator was fabulous as always, I struggled through it due to all of the details regarding the main character's life, medical and mental history, etc. It seemed to me a lot of the story was repetitive and the information not necessary. I understand the importance of John Grisham's lengthy and very descriptive detail regarding the main character, however, it made the book drag. I'm not one to leave a book unread and so I trudged through it. At the end I was happy I had completed the novel, as the subject matter is one not highly noticed or regarded outside of the criminal justice system.