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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440245117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440245117
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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“[A] grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story.”—The Washington Post

“[John Grisham] is a master at pacing. . . . The book starts fast and finishes faster.”—Los Angeles Times

“Packed with tension, legal roadblocks and shocking revelations.”—USA Today

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-two novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project in New York and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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ANOTHER GOOD BOOK BY GRISHAM. QUITE DIFFERENT; KEPT YOU WANTING TO READ ANOTHER CHAPTER TOO. I WAS A BIT WORRIED FOR QUITE A WHILE THAT THE CONFESSOR WOULD HURT SOMEONE ELSE BEFORE HE WAS CAUGHT. WELL DONE MR. GRISHAM.
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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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 11 2010
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"And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death." -- Acts 13:28 (NKJV)

If you ask most people whether they favor the death penalty, you'll get an opinion that's largely unrelated to the practical issues involved. The crusading death-penalty skeptic in John Grisham comes out in this novel, much as the social reformer in Charles Dickens can be found in David Copperfield and Oliver Twist.

If you are familiar with death penalty legal practice, you'll be impressed with the accuracy of the fictional portrayal here. Grisham knows what he's writing about.

If you read this book, you'll learn how easy it is for an innocent person to be convicted of murder in Texas, how expensive it is to put someone to death, and the various sordid agendas that can play out in death-penalty cases. As such, this book is a pretty good substitute for reading a nonfiction book on the same subject . . . the risk of the innocent being condemned to death. If you doubt that can happen, check out some Web site that shows how many convicted "murderers" have been found innocent through DNA testing, many years after the fact of false incarceration and much suffering.

But that's probably not why you pick up a John Grisham novel about the law. You probably want to read great stuff about how corrupt lawyers are. There's definitely some legal malpractice here, but there's also some unselfish legal practice. All in all, the book won't satisfy most people who want to see lawyers discredited.

I also didn't find that the book contained enough suspense to keep my interest at a high level. It seemed to me that the twists and turns of the plot were thoroughly telegraphed well in advance.
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I was happy to learn a lot about class-action lawsuits, because I was nearly killed by our medical system and mixed up medications, I just couldn't afford to get into it. At least I know what it all entails.
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Less than a week before the scheduled execution of Donté Drumm, convicted ten years ago for a murder he did not commit, the real killer steps forward. Travis Boyette, a convicted serial rapist on parole, approaches Keith Schroeder (a Christian minister) in Topeka and confesses to the murder. Boyette has an inoperable brain tumour, and feels bad about sending an innocent man to his death.

Reluctantly, Keith Schroeder agrees to drive Boyette to the town where the murder occurred in the hope that a confession will stop the scheduled execution of Drumm. Keith Schroeder joins forces with Donté Drumm's defence lawyer, Robbie Flak in the hope that they can at least halt the scheduled execution until Boyette's story is checked.

I enjoyed the first two thirds of this novel. While character development was sketchy, the urgency of the situation kept me turning pages. The facts about the case, the flimsy `evidence' upon which Donté Drumm was convicted all heightened the tension, especially when one of the witnesses admitted that he had falsely testified and as Boyette's claims are tested.

But then the narrative changed. The fiction became a vehicle against the death penalty and thriller became propaganda. This diminished the impact of the story, reduced my enjoyment of it and is reflected in my rating.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Very legal and not very thriller. With this novel Grisham returns after "The Chamber" and "Innocent" to deal with the capital punishment and to denounce the American judicial system, of the states where it is still applied, for the manner in which it is too lightly used for political purposes.
The tagline on the cover ("An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him.") lets mistakenly think it is a thriller, although it is defined this way. In fact, this fictional, but entirely plausible (and that's what scares), story once again talks about the people, for good or especially bad. Its characters are damn real, starting with Travis Boyette, the one who confesses, who with his tics and pauses, his controversial personality of a criminal with feelings of guilt, because someone is paying for his crime, results in reader annoyance, disgust, but also pity. It isn't the classic villain, but a character who lives in the grey area between the light and the dark, someone in whom we can identify despite his story.
Here we see the talent of this writer, who with the achievement of a stable reputation is free of telling his stories, which do not have a final twist or a happy ending like in real life. But they are true, almost more than reality.
As the plot develops in an intentionally slow way, jumping from one place to another, you don't lose at all your concentration, but you are caught by it to the end. And even if it leaves with a bitter disappointment, at the same time there is something comforting, that makes you close the book with a sense of satisfaction. The one you feel after reading a good book.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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