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The Confession
The Confession
Author: John Grisham
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... more...  more » 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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ISBN-13: 9780440245117
ISBN-10: 0440245117
Publication Date: 7/26/2011
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 195 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
Mr. Grisham, you've done it again. I don't think I've enjoyed a book as much as I did the early ones lately, but this one got consumed in two days; no dishes wash, dusting done, dog didn't get walked kind of book. Keith Shroeder is a minister who is visited by Travis Boyette, a serial rapist with an inoperable brain tumor and a crime on his conscience. A man in the great state of Texas is due to be put to death for the crime that's been worrying him. The story is that of Keith and Travis, and Donte, the man set for execution in 48 hours, his lawyer and many interesting minor characters. All come together for a gripping story that teaches the reader about the death penalty, showing how it might go horribly wrong. Will he convince Boyette to confess? Will it matter to the prosecutors? Read it and see. Five stars without a doubt.
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Helpful Score: 3
I have not read John Grisham in a long time since his earlier hits. But the storyline on this one interested me so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did -- this was a VERY GOOD book, very emotional. I think it accurately portrays how pathetic humankind can be in so many ways. I highly recommend!
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Helpful Score: 3
I couln't put this book down from page 1. If I didn't have to go to work, I would have read this book in 24 hrs for sure. But since I have to go to work, it took me a week...I could see this becoming a movie in the coming years.

You get to know and love the caracters linda like you were with them living their lives,which I admire in a book. I would read this again and again, its a keeper!!
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This is another exellent Grisham novel involving a young man on death row, his lawyer who's fighting with all he has to get his client a stay, the felon who is on the loose for other crimes & the young pastor who hears the felon admit he did the crime the young man on death row was convicted of. Add to all this the state of Texas & your have a very realistic & tense drama. What will each of the people involved do? I appreciated the roll of the pastor & his part in the story. I highly recommend this book.
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What a waste of a credit and time! What a disapointment that Grisham uses this novel to stereotype everyone and every thing that Grisham dislikes about actual life.

In the hopes of the phenomena that circulated Dan Brown's novel THE DAVINCI CODE will do the same with THE CONFESSION, Grisham uses this fiction story to promulgate his anti-death penalty campaign, that everyone from Texas is a gun-toting, wreckless idiot; that race relations will always be divided in the South, that the Baptist faith is comprised of nothing but zealots, and that someone else is to blame for a person's wanton behavior.

Capitalizing on his past popularity at having written good fiction, Grisham tarnishes his reputation with this novel, because it is nothing but a soapbox overloaded with every conceivable literary convetion previously written. Grisham's THE INNOCENT MAN was well-written, thought-provoking, and did a much better job of advertising Grisham's anti-death penalty campagin, but then, that was a true story, not one so contrived and forced as is evident in this latest novel.

I have read every one of Grisham's published works as soon as they were released. I am glad that I did not waste my money on this novel, only losing a credit, which I feel I can recover. Where I have never questioned whether I would read Grisham's latest publication, I doubt I will read Grisham's any further works.
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Riveing story. Had me holding my breath at points, waiting in anticipation for each sentence
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Very interesting book. I don't usually read a book more than once, yet, i have read this about 4 times. It has a lot of surprises (the first time i read it) and it even makes me shed a tear every time i read it. Very good book.
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Fabulous, riveting page-turner! Could not put it down! Whatever one thinks about the death penalty, this book will make you consider long and hard this explosive issue.


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