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 Donte 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; Donte 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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1 . Could not stop reading
Posted May 28, 2013 by Carol , ChristchurchLoved the storyline, ignore the critics. If you are a Grisham fan you will not be disappointed
2 . Totally Awesome!
Posted January 28, 2012 by Cheri , Calgary, ABThis book is a real page turner... I couldn't put it down. I felt so many emotions when reading this book~ totally suspensful! Great to the very end.
3 . Average
Posted July 26, 2011 by Eric C , PoughkeepsieI've read a few Grisham books. This was not one of his best. No nail-biting. Make sure to read the Epilogue. After reading, people would be turned off to living or visiting Texas. The more people try to change things, the more things stay the same.
4 . Wonderful
Posted July 17, 2011 by Meaza , New YorkVery good read and I could not put it down. I was so involved in the characters that I cried! It made me look into Death Penaltiy and all the legal system differently.I absolutely loves it , when authors suck me in the story and made me think about the aftermath. I only gave it 4 strars because my heart was broken in the story outcome. I know its life and I am glad you did not make the story predictable , but I am still sad for losing you know who!! But Bravo! Mr. Grisham! I am your new fun!!!
5 . Loved It
Posted June 01, 2011 by Cyndi , GraysonI loved this Grisham book. I was spellbound by it from the word go. A definate must read. Makes you think about the justice system, i'm not analytical to think about the various nuances that may or may not be absolutely correct with the procedures portrayed in the book. I thought it was fantastic and recommend it highly.
6 . I've come to expect more
Posted May 15, 2011 by Binna70 , Houston, TexasThe Confession was not what I had hoped for. It's been a long time since John Grisham had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I found myself skipping pages at a time. However, this book is a good read and I did find myself thinking about Texas and our death penalty laws.
7 . Keeps your attention
Posted April 06, 2011 by Debbie M , Douglasville, GAThis makes you want to jump on the anti-death penalty bandwagon. Good read, but it kinda fizzled at the end.
8 . Awesome
Posted March 09, 2011 by Laura , TxLoved reading this book. The author does a good job in letting the reader visualize the setting and the characters in this book. It was hard to put this book down. Highly recommend!
9 . SPECTACULAR
Posted February 06, 2011 by Karen , Truro, Nova ScotiaI love all of John Grisham's books, but this is the first one that I can honestly say, I feel as if I am one of the characters. I feel like I am in Roberta Drumm's body. I can feel her pain, her shock, her emotions going into overload, and I admire her so much for the person she is. I am only at chapter 35 so far, and have had to stop after many chapters just to catch my breath. I just keep saying WOW and OMG over and over again. All the charactors come to life and I feel as if I am there in the same room with them. Some I admire, some I love, some I hate, some I pity and want to forgive. Enough said already, you gotta read this book. I got a migraine last night from reading so much and still hated to put it down. I don't care how the next chapters unfold, the book has five stars already. John Grisham is my #1 Author.
10 . Good beginning, great middle, disappointing end
Posted January 31, 2011 by Theresa Monroe , Helenwood, TNAt first I thought this is going to be just another book. Then all of the characters started taking on their on personalities.
The story started pulling me into it. I couldnt wait to read another page to see what was going to happen. My heart broke for Donte Drumm and his mother. Then it was like the book was over for me. Travis Boyette's character had an unexpected ending. This should have been a nice twist to the story but it just fell short.
I felt as though the author was either bored with writing or had a dead line to meet. The last few chapters was very disappointing. You expected the book to go a certain way and it just fizzeled out.
October 25, 2010
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