Can you say, "Root Canal"? I'd rather go to the dentist for a root canal than listen to this book again! If you are taking a course in criminal justice, perhaps this would be a good book to read about the flaws in our criminal system. Otherwise, get the root canal first. It will be more enjoyable. Oh, by the way, I'm a huge fan of John Grisham -- but John, stay away from non-fiction.
I'm three hours into this novel and totally bored. Grisham rambles on and on about a kid who can't make it in the big leagues, and cops who can't find their buttocks with both hands. I give up, no more JG novels for me, he has lost his touch.
Dont waiste your money. I love John Grisham, but this book is so boring. I listened to the whole thing, hoping it would get better, but it didnt. I may not buy another John Grisham book out of fear it will be like this one. WOW! How it got published it beyond me. Must be that he has a "name"
Many of the elements of John Grisham's best novels are here. Sad to say this was a real life case of two men wrongly accused of murder, sent to death row, and finally, many years later, cleared.
Grisham, with his expertise in the workings (or in this case, misworkings) of our legal system, gives us all a lesson and a wake-up call to ensure that the competence and conduct of every person and agency involved in the process is always above reproach: from the law enforcement agencies doing the investigations, through the attorneys on both sides of the case, to the judges and juries who pass judgement and sentences.
The saddest part of this story is not Mr. Williamson's early death, but the fact that despite being thoroughly cleared by the DNA evidence, the Oklahoma prosecutor never apologized for wrongfully prosecuting, and continued to hold a "sword of Damocles" over both Williamson and Fritz by never ruling them out as suspects in the murder, while the logical suspect and most likely murderer was ignored.
We can, and must, do better.
Generally, I find Grisham's books formulatic attacks on the legal system that are predictable and usually not worth the time. However, this time he breaks that pattern in this non-fiction re-telling of an actual miscarriage of justice that nearly costs two men their lives. "The Innocent Man" simmers with the passion of his first novel, "A Time to Kill." I looked forward to hearing the the tale that he had to tell. Grisham's adds to his general outrage at the perceived incompetency of police officers, attornies, and lying witnesses by including an inditement against the death penalty. If you like crime non-fiction, this is worth a listen.
I am a John Grisham fan and have read (I'm pretty sure) all of his previous works. This, by far, is the worst. Grisham tells, in excruciating detail, regarding a murder where I could care less about the people (especially the suspects) involved. It just seemed to go on an on about characters for which I never developed an interest. I have to admit that it was one of the very few books that I did not finish - I just couldn't stand it anymore and I didn't need the sleep.
In his epilogue, Grisham says he could have written "5000" pages on this work of non-fiction. I'm glad he didn't. This book makes it very clear why authors write FICTION - they are able to write a story that holds the reader's interest. Grisham's ability to absorb the reader started evaporating with the Painted House, and now has hit rock bottom.
Grisham writes ad nauseum about the life and troubles of a mentally ill man wrongly accused and convicted of murder. The man spends over a decade on "death row," and is finally given a new trial and exonerated by DNA evidence. Who cares?
Grisham emphasizes the imperfections in our justice system, the roles of the people important in the life of the innocent man, and speaks endlessly of his troubles both related to the wrongful conviction and unrelated, with no small emphasize on his mental illness and intermittent therapy. He writes of Ada, Oaklahoma, where the murder and conviction took place.
The question is why does he bother to tell us?
Although Grisham is a master at writing, this nonfiction work reads more like the kind of biography that would appear in a poorly-written history text, a story so dull that it would not cut through hot butter.
Now that I can say I read it, I can say there's NOTHING in the story I could possibly want to know.