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?
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Reader And Listener
(Possible spoiler alert) Grisham has always been uneven, and usually better in audio than text. In this story, he clearly started out with a political opinion and wrote a story around it. Then I think he got too attached to his characters and couldn't see them hurt. There were many opportunities to boost the suspense then... nothing happened. The death penalty part, however, was unfortunately very plausible and was of course the main point. That part was so awful, and the rest was so... safe... it's conceivable he did that on purpose but it bothered me and made the story less compelling.
It's been a while since I've read / listened to a John Grisham book. I've always enjoyed his stories, and while this was different than the last I recall, it was a 'good' kind of different. The unique plot pulls you in, and the narration was well done.
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
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.
This was a huge disappointment. I happen to agree with Grisham about the death penalty, but good grief. I found the bad guy characters unbelievably bad, the good guys too good to be true. I waded through this whole thing waiting for the "unexpected twist" that would make this lecture worthwhile, but it was not to be. This book just coasted to a stop. Yawn.........
Whether you are for or against the death penalty, this is a well written NOVEL. Plenty of tension, good character development, interesting characters and kept my interest from beginning to end. Well worth the read. Also, it might make one think!
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.
I was captivated till half way through when I felt the book had an ending. (Which I didn't like) The author's true ending seemed anti-climatic. None the less a worthwhile read (or listen)
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?
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.
The story was more about Texas' death penalty and not enough storyline. Was really boring.
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