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The Confession: A Novel | [John Grisham]

The Confession: A Novel

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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)

©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    REBECCA 12-12-10
    REBECCA 12-12-10 Member Since 2012
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    "It just keeps getting worse..."

    I have been a fan of John Grisham since The Firm and can tell you where I sat for hours unable to put it down. Unfortunately, John Grisham has stopped writing fast paced thrillers and is now writing painful, drawn out novels with far too much minutia. I stopped listening after about 2 hours and wish I would have stopped much sooner...buy this book if you need something to help you fall asleep.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margie Greensboro, NC, United States 11-13-10
    Margie Greensboro, NC, United States 11-13-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Thought provoking"

    I appreciate Gresham's treatment of a serious subject, as well as the plotline which went beyond the expected conclusion of a happy ending. Justice moves forward in degrees, and there is a heavy price to be paid for it. This story confirmed my own belief that we must rethink the death penalty. Clearly, Gresham did his research. I did have to chuckle at the stereotypical treatment of the minister, and some of his conversations. All in all, Gresham is growing and changing as an author.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    art zacchia 11-13-10
    art zacchia 11-13-10 Member Since 2012
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    "narrator"

    In audio books, the narrator is very important. I have done all the Grisham books and very disappointed with the narrator of The Confession, Scott Sowers. His voice just does not do it. He should have used someone like Will Patton, Michael Beck, Scott Brick, Dick Hill or Dennis Boutsikaris. They make the story come alive.

    Art Zacchia

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    Alicia 11-12-10
    Alicia 11-12-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Grisham is back"

    This was the best Grisham book since The Client. He hasn't written a book this good in 10 years. I couldn't stop listening.

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    Janice LODI, CA, United States 11-14-10
    Janice LODI, CA, United States 11-14-10
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    "I see another movie on the way!"

    Grisham's new book is an excellent work that I could not stop listening to! The Confession is written in typical Grisham fashion, along the line of A Time to Kill, The Chamber and The Rainmaker. The characters are realistic and the narrator captures the essence of each personality. The plot is both intriguing and maddening. The subject is controversial - an accused murderer less than one week away from execution. When a man walks into a pastor's office and states he is the real killer - the rush to stop the execution and determine if the man is truthful or crazy begins.The twists and turns kept me on edge and I experienced an entire array of emotion from anger to incredulousness to sadness. Anyone who is a John Grisham fan MUST READ The Confession. For those who have never read a Grisham novel, this one will start you on an obsession to read all of his books. If I could have given 10 stars... The Confession would have them all!

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    Kevin J. Moore 11-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "total garbage"

    A window into the authors political views on the death penalty... Much like Glenn Beck the author took a tired old story and used it to push an agenda.
    A waste of time and money

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    laurie eller the South 03-29-11
    laurie eller the South 03-29-11 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "my husband said this was really good"

    I didn't listen to this book but my husband did and when i asked him what he thought he said, "yeah! that was a really good book but his best book is The Firm." lol so there you go.

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    Ami New Albany, OH, United States 03-24-11
    Ami New Albany, OH, United States 03-24-11
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    "Absolutley Awesome"

    This book was so moving. If this is a true representation of the division between races and the judicial system in our country as related to the death penalty, I am ashamed to be an American.

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    Donald 03-22-11
    Donald 03-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "MY MIND OR MY HEART"

    How do I really stand on capital punishment? We often vocalize one way to our friends or the public, but in the deepest reaches of our heart we feel the opposite, or at least we straddle the fence. "The Confession" goes al long way toward knocking us off the fence.

    The very best of Grisham!

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    Maureen North Branch, MI, United States 03-19-11
    Maureen North Branch, MI, United States 03-19-11
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    "John Grisham is a master storyteller"

    John Grisham is a gifted writer. I haven't read anything of his in awhile,and I'm glad to have read this. I found it riveting. As many others have said, it was hard to stop listening and hard to listen to while driving because of the emotions he stirred up in me. I did not think that the death penalty arguments were overdone, but if I were a proponent of the death penalty I might think so. The book is about a man wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death and comes from the perspectives of the condemned man, his attorney, a minister who gets caught up in the last days before the scheduled execution and the real killer. Each of them believes that killing an innocent man is wrong. I thought that the story moved very well. The times that I wanted to speed it up were because I wanted to know what was going to happen. It's hard for me to believe that people were bored by it. I would tell anyone that using a credit for this book will be a good investment.

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