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Grisham's first work of nonfiction focuses on the tragedy of Ron Williamson, a baseball hero from a small town in Oklahoma who winds up a dissolute, mentally unstable Major League washout railroaded onto death row for a hometown rape and murder he did not commit. Judging by this author-approved abridgment, Grisham has chosen to present Williamson's painful story (and that of his equally innocent "co-conspirator," Dennis Fritz) as straightforward journalism, eschewing the more familiar "nonfiction novel" approach with its reconstructed dialogues and other adjustments for dramatic purpose. This has resulted in a book that, while it includes such intriguing elements as murder, rape, detection and judicial injustice, consists primarily of objective reportage, albeit shaded by the now-proven fact of Williamson's innocence. The absence of dialogue or character point of view could make for a rather bland audio. Boutsikaris avoids that by reverting to what might be called old-fashioned round-the-campfire storytelling, treating the lengthy exposition to vocal interpretations, subtle and substantial. He narrates the events leading up to the 1982 rape and murder of a young cocktail waitress with a mixture of suspicion and curiosity, moving on to astonishment at the prosecution's use of deceit and false testimony to convict Williamson and Fritz and, eventually, elation at the exoneration of the two innocent men. Throughout, he maintains an appealing conversational tone, an effect made all the more remarkable by the book's nearly total absence of conversation.
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"Like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, The Innocent Man brings a novelist's eye to re-creating a complex chain of events and human reaction surrounding a crime and its aftermath. There are plenty of twists and turns in this tale, but the dominant note is one of compassion for the innocent man" Sunday Times "A sincere, readable, lively book that raises important questions" The Times "At times it is harrowing, but above all, it is a testament to self-belief and the enduring love of his family" Daily Express "A work of art...this is a terrible and beautiful book. The terror is in the casual ease with which men, for the meanest of motives, can carelessly condemn another human being to rot from the inside out. The beauty not only lies with Ron Williamson...but also the burning care and respect for his fellow man shown by Grisham, which permeates and warms every page" Sunday Express "A blistering attack on corrupt politicians, the death penalty and the failures of the judicial system" The Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I love all Grisham's fiction but this venture in non-fiction was excellent. How such a travesty occurred is a terrible indictment of people who worked so hard to prosecute two... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andy Leathwood
It was quiet the story Kept ones attention Enjoy all his books i have readPublished 2 months ago by Ervin Falk
Until two thirds of the way through the book when I googled the characters. Very well researched in true Grisham style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sloan Ranger
I had not heard of this crime, or read a non-fiction Grisham before, so I was amazed that this was non-fiction. Hard to believe something like this still happens in the USA. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian
Great book about how corrupt some people in law enforcement are. Too bad they weren't the ones put in jail sentenced to die!Published 14 months ago by MMS
Kept their promise and very timely-will do business with you again It is nice that no misrepresentation or surprises were in storePublished 18 months ago by Shiraz Chatur