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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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Grisham lacks more every year

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 03-28-11

I Confess It Left Me Cold

I settled in when the book started, looking forward to an other solid Grisham story. I was still into it about one third of the way through when I started to yawn a little. Half way through I was wondering if I should just turn it off and move on.

Heavy on the "capital punishment is bad because sometimes bad things happen to good people" theme -- this one lacks the life so much of Grisham's other work has. It becomes more of a detail laden essay on the justice system in Texas, statistics that are irrelevant to anything that makes for an interesting book and endless editorializing.

The good guys and too good and the bad guys leave me...well...yawning.

Not the best use I ever made of a credit.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Waited for the Twist

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.........

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 12-24-10

I confess - I liked it

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • Nicholasville, KY, United States
  • 12-06-10

Dreary, preachy, overdramatic, just plain bad.

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.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Meryl
  • CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US
  • 12-05-10

Ending came too soon

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)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Southern United Starex
  • 11-30-10

Snoreeeezzzzzzzzzz

Soooooo boring. Half way through I wanted to kill all the characters to put them out of my misery! On the bright side, this book cured my insomnia.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Monica
  • Vallejo, CA, United States
  • 11-26-10

Too fairy tale political

Grisham means well with his stand on the death penalty. Getting his point across with his fairy tale type story. With that said, the book was long winded and a bit of grandstanding rather than entertaining. Of all his books (and I've read or listened to them all), this one is my least favorite. I will not be recommending it to others.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Just Horrible

I read, or listen to books to be entertained. Grisham's books usually do that. There is nothing worse however when an established fiction writer tries to disguise his political views as a fiction story. There is no story here and there is nothing new presented for the anti capital punishment agenda. If I wanted to read a one sided discussion on the merits of capital punishment I would have purchased any of a thousand books on the subject. And there is another side to his agenda. But I didn't purchase this book to be preached at. Boy was I had.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Exeter, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 11-22-10

Waste of a Credit

Agree with the other reviewers that I basically spent my credit to listen to John Grisham's political views about Texans and the death penalty. He barely bothered with a plot.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful