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The Confession: A Novel
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a book about which John Grisham clearly felt deeply - perhaps because he has recently become concerned about wrongful convictions, and the treatment of that theme here has a very passionate edge. Although Grisham has dealt with the countdown to an execution before in The Chamber, a similar plot device here has produced even more focused results. Grisham has translated his thoughts about what the real killer might be thinking and doing into an unsettling narrative, as the last hours of life ebb away for an innocent mann. The real killer's identity is given away at the beginning of The Confession.

Texas at the end of the last century: Travis Boyette is a deeply unpleasant man, unhappy with his worthless life. He is seduced by the thought that some small measure of comfort may be snatched by terrorising and subjugating another human being. His victim is to be a popular girl, a high-school student. He abducts, rapes and murders her before hiding her body.

But any fears that he might harbour about being tried for the crime vanish when an innocent man, Donté Drumm (where does Grisham find his names?), is arrested. Drumm, a local football star, finds himself the prime suspect and is convicted. Nine years pass on death row, and the stays of execution for Drumm are exhausted. He is to die in four days. The wretched killer, Boyette, has had a change of heart: a brain tumour and his own imminent death have persuaded him that he must make a clean breast of the murder. But is it too late?

The Confession is an airing for the beliefs of the author, but it is also a page-turner. Grisham is careful never to preach. He is much exercised by the fact that men have died in miscarriages of justice, and has pointed out that DNA evidence is forcing people to look again at such cases.

However, this novel suggests that perhaps Americans have become addicted to the speed with which conviction and execution can be carried out - and that opportunities for more careful consideration are too quickly passed over. It's this motivating force which perhaps makes the book one of the most personal Grisham has written, even though (largely speaking) he never forgets his primary purpose, which is to entertain. That mission he has been faithfully carrying out since his first book. There are no stylistic flourishes, but Grishamites will find all their buttons pressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
I've read several of Grishams' novels over the years. This is not his very best, but close to it.It's 417 pages of great story telling, not of the caliber of James Mitchner or James Clavell, but if you like the legal scene, this is for you. It's written in three parts: "The Confession," The Punishment" & "The Atonement."

I won't be giving anything away when I tell you that an old convict, dying of a brain tumor, confesses to a minister that the tragic murder of a high school girl, for which a young African-American is about to be executed in Huntsville, Texas, for the crime.. The whole book takes place in a period of 4 or 5 days.

What follows is a frantic 400 pages of reading enjoyment.

If you like Grishams' series of prolific authorship, you'll enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2011
Really liked this book. Its been a while since I read Grisham books, and I remember why I liked them. The Confession is a great read, highly recommend if you are a JG fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2010
This book is a great read and in my opinion one of Grisham's best. It is one of the most thought provoking of his books and draws the reader into a world of all those involved in a last minute race to try to save a man from death row including the guilty party. This one would be great movie material.
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I forgot how much I love John Grisham's books. He is one of my very favorite authors. He writes with such an easy-to-read style, with a compelling plot that keeps you up later at night than you should be! This book was no exception. The theme of the book was examing capital punishment and what it really means to those on death row as well as the cost to society (both morally and financially). I am now going to order the few Grisham books that I haven't yet read!
Diana Young #1 Amazon best-selling author www.financialfitnessbooks.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
Great book!!! Couldn't put it down until I was done and I'm not that much of a reader! Worth every penny
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on March 13, 2014
Reread this book (first read on release in 2010) in almost one sitting. Story sets a tense & breakneck pace. Chilling details about the abuse of justice by the very persons sworn to uphold it. Politics are as always depressingly realistic.
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on May 25, 2013
Just started reading, great author. Love the ease to get this downloaded to my Kindle. Now ready to go on vacation and have a book or 2 to read
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on December 20, 2013
I literally could not put it down voluntarily. This has to be Grisham's best book.

5 - star for sure
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2014
Item as described. Good service.
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