An innocent man is about to be executed.
Only a guilty man can save him.
For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.
Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.
But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?
"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days." (The New York Times Book Review)
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Reminded me of Governor George Ryan of Illinois and his last minute decision to put a moratorium on the death penalty in his state.
A story about a young, black, man bullied into a false confession to a murder he did not commit. The real killer confesses to a pastor who attempts to do the right thing but keeps running into obstacles. The innocent young man will be put to death in a few days and it's a race against time. Along the way, Grisham weaves in the story lines of the mothers and other characters involved.
I'm a Grisham fan, and I almost didn't download this one after reading some of the reviews. I'm so glad that I move forward purely on Grisham's reputation and my previous enjoyment of his titles. This book is heavy, deep and extremely well told. It DOES begin quickly and I found myself trying to find reasons to run errands or go to the gym just to listen more. Yes, it makes you think a great deal about the death penalty, but since when is challenging ones thought process a bad thing? I thoroughly enjoyed Grisham getting back to what he does best, legal thrillers, and the fact that this one made me question my own beliefs a bit during the process, well, I found that refreshing.
This was a typically Grisham novel- well composed, well written, but... totally depressing. You'll see...
Grisham has written probably his best book yet, and I have read and loved them all. Basically, he exposes the Texas system of executing criminals, the highest percentage of any other state. An innocent man is in prison, awaiting execution. The real killer shows up and involves a local pastor in his apparent need to save the innocent man and confess that he is the real killer. Many parts of this story are very sensitive. Exposes a lot of corruption in the city government in a small town in Texas. Keep your Kleenex handy.
Well written and kept you interested throughout the book. Could not wait to get back to the story to see what was happening next. The characters were very believable and well scripted.
Whether it is playing football in Italy, painting a house in 1950 era Arkansas or making you wonder where the millions came from in a legal thriller,Grisham has the ability to "pull" you in, and keep hanging on the next word.
The Confession, unabridged, is a powerful and ensightful story that makes us think "What if this happened to me". I recognize this as a much used method in fictional writing but, Grisham has raised it to another level.
I have lived in East Texas all my life and know a lot about the culture and politics of the region. This COULD truly happen; and probably has.
I love John Grisham. Every book is on the same subject but so different everytime. This one was a page turner. I didn't want to get out of the car each day (I listen on the way to work and home each day). Great narration, great story, predictable ending, but still felt complete at the end.
Although I like the topic and many Grisham books, the narrative is relatively slow paced, transparent, and, frankly, annoying. There is a great deal of redundant narrative and am quite disappointed in this work by Grisham.
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