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Publisher's Summary

When Ron Williamson signed with the Oakland A's in 1971, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dreams of big-league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits. He moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on her sofa.

In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for reasons that were never clear, police suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were arrested and charged with capital murder.

The prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this audiobook will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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©2006 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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Better Than His Great Fiction

John Grisham has told a shocking tale in a most gripping manner in this book. As great as his fiction has been, this book sets a new mark for his skills as a writer. I listened to the book while exercising and I did not miss an exercise session while moving through The Innocent Man because I could not wait to learn the next twist and turn in this convoluted account of misjustice. Buy it!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A return to the old Grisham

While I am not a fan of some of John Grisham's latest books, Skipping Christmas and the Painted House. This book is a return, for me, to some of his more compelling writing the Last Juror or The Testament.

While some of the people mentioned in the book have out right condemned Grisham for his telling of the facts - it i certain that two innocent men we imprisoned wrongly while the real killer walked free.

A truly enjoyable listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Trinity , FL, USA
  • 05-09-07

Engaging

A very engaging story of a human tradgey that should never have happened - well written by an excellent author of fiction turned novelist. The book changed my opinion of the Innocence Project and the people they take on as clients.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dale
  • Delta, British Columbia, Canada
  • 04-26-07

Innocent Man

compelling but gut-renching - how systems are developed to provide human and civil rights, yet small groups of threatened, conniving individuals are allowed to circumvent those systems as an escape from their own inadequacies as human beings!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fiction versus Non-fiction

As is quoted in this well written piece..."The only difference between fiction and non-fiction is fiction must be plausible."

This story is so amazing that if taken to an editor and billed as the latest novel, the editor would pass saying it just isn't believable. This is an entertaining and enjoyable read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awesome read. The characters telling is spot on.

Loved it. Keeps you on your toes. Recommend it for fiction readers all out there.

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Doesn't surprise me

The beginning was kind of slow but once the murder takes place you can't stop listening. This will make you shake your head and say, I wonder how many other Ron Williamson's there are?

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Does not follow book

What would have made The Innocent Man better?

I got 2 minutes in and realized it wasnt following the book. Waste of a credit.

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A true account written by John Grisham himself.

one of my favorites Author's who writes like an attorney and is an attorney in life.

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like a narration of a police report.

boring, rich in detail, hard to finish. like listening to a 6 hour police report.