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The Confession - John Grisham
The Confession
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385528047 (0385528043)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 418
Edition language: English
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msleighm books
msleighm books rated it
4.0 The Confession
Not my favorite Grisham, but 4 stars; I really liked it. Texas, the death penalty, and an out of state minister caught up in trying to stop an execution.
geraldmweinberg
geraldmweinberg rated it
3.0 The Confession
Beautifully written, but I hated the story. I wish I'd never read The Confession, but I couldn't put it down.
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
The problem with reading clubs is that occasionally someone suggests a dud and one feels forced to finish the book out of courtesy to the other participants. That's what happened here.I abhor the death penalty. I approve of Grisham's message 100%, but my goodness this book is repetitive and tediou...
helenliz
helenliz rated it
3.0 The Confession: A Novel
May's reading group book. This is what I like about the reading group - I would never have picked this book up - I don't like thrillers, you see. Actually, what I don't like is gore & violence, neither of which appear in this book to any great extent. Basic surmise is that a murder was committed in ...
BiblioSquirrell
BiblioSquirrell rated it
4.0 The Confession: A Novel
I didn't mind the book length sermon, but that is just me. Characterization was so-so, but that's ok. I've been reading Grisham for 20 years so I guess I'm feeling a bit indulgent.
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