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
The only people that don't like this book are the people that are pro death penalty. To those of you that aren't stuck on the right so far and can have an open mind this book is a well written, well read and thought provoking book. I'd recommend this book to everyone, but would say do NOT drive while listening to parts of it as it will rip you up. This book will make you cry, make you angry and make you think, and you will like the characters... again, unless you're pro death penalty. If you're pro death or you're a bigot and do not have an open mind you will not like this book.
This is one of the best books I have read by Grisham. The descriptions he gives of people, places and situations put the reader right in the thick of the action. You find yourself feeling compassion for characters, disbelief, and a host of other emotions. Regardless of your politics, the writer definitely catches your attention, and it is hard to put the book down. The reader, Scott Sowers, is perfect for this book.
1st half of the strory is captivating, but nothing happens in second half. I was waiting for twist and turns...sorry to say nothing happened. i would have been happier if second half was shortened as epilogue.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
John Grisham clearly hates the death penalty...and he spends half of the book creating comic book "evil doers" and preaching about how only african americans are against the death penalty. Creating a race riot because all whites in texas love the death penalty is asinine. This is Grisham's "State of Fear" book. However - outside of several dozen eye rolling "whatever" moments - Grisham keeps the story moving and I kept listening. If you have an extra credit - it's not a bad story.
I have listened to and read about a half a dozen John Grisham novels and for the most part enjoyed them. This one is the exception. It is over the top preaching against the death penalty. The characters are stereotypes, the young wild attorney practicing law only for the good of humanity. All the white authority figures are evil, scheming to execute as many people as they can regardless of guilt. All the black characters, warm and loving family members, who are preyed on by the SYSTEM!!!!
After about 90 minutes, I had to turn it off. That is the first audible tape I have not listened to all the way to the end. Do yourself a favor and listen to any of Grisham's older works, you wont be as disappointed as I was about the Confession.
Grisham has made a enormous name for himself with legal thrillers, fascinating characters, and plot twists that make your head spin.
You will not find much of this in his latest book, The Confession. I reread the 4 and 5 star ratings and wondered how those readers felt good about this book. I expect to be entertained, and treated like the intelligent reader that I am. I wasted a credit and am very sorry to all the others who feel the same way. What else can you do?
The story was more about Texas' death penalty and not enough storyline. Was really boring.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
Grisham is such a good author that he can get away with the heavy political undertones in books like this one. He also managed to include examples of most every political stereotype that rears its ugly head surrounding death penalty stories. Still the characters were good and there were no ridiculous twists. Not Grisham's best, but he's written a lot of books. Good narration by Sowers. Have a listen if you like Grisham.
I used to love reading Grisham books. I now barely like reading Grisham books. He has started pushing politics. It just seems he is against the death penalty and just really trying to push his beliefs through his books. This makes 2.
Sorry John but I not only don't agree with you; I can barely stomach your last few books. I read more than a novel a week, and have for many years. I have read all of your books. I have enjoyed a few. I have hated a few. I can't continue to pay for your books though. This was my last. I absolutely hate being told what to do and think. Give me the facts and I will make a choice. Don't tell me what I should choose.
I have a doctorate plus in education and I will not have another penny I earn go to John Grisham.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I am a fan of John Grisham but have been disappointed in the last few books. The story was interesting but I felt it repeated itself to often via different people. The book came across to me with a strong political agenda against the death penalty and against some aspects of Texas criminal law. It was an okay book but fell short of the "Pelican Brief". So I only rated this book a four.
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