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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
The Innocent Man Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
Author: John Grisham
In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson.  When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.  — Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits, drinking, drugs, and ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440243830
ISBN-10: 0440243831
Publication Date: 12/2007
Pages: 435
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3.5 stars, based on 663 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
This book is a step out of Grisham's normal writing. Normally, of course, he writes fiction.
This book is every ounce the truth, and involves not one innocent man put on death row, but really three. All because of one small towns incompetent prosecutor and police.
The harrowing tale reads just like a work of fiction; you have to remind yourself every so often that someone truly suffered through this.
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Helpful Score: 6
true crime AND written by a well-known author. I appreciate that Grisham has a reputation to uphold and therefore I know that I have a better chance of getting a well-rounded version of the story. This is not true with all true crime novels. It is an interesting read, makes me glad I live in the DNA test era.
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Helpful Score: 5
I'm glad I read this book, but it is not your typical John Grisham. At times I felt detached, as if reading a blow by blow account, when I wanted to read a story instead. In the authors notes he states that he could have written 5,000 pages. I think he had a hard time deciding what to put in and what to cut and it seemed a little fragmented. BUT, it is a good story and will make you think about the justice system and how sometimes instead of being blind, it has on blinders.
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Helpful Score: 5
I thought this was a great book. It's the true story of men wrongly imprisoned because we didn't have the techology we have now, because some men made deals and because certain law enforcement wanted to close the case....all of which I thought was very interesting, of course. But I also found it interesting and thought provoking to see what the false imprisonment did to the personalities and psyche of the men...those who wouldn't give up and those who did. Definitely a good read.
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Helpful Score: 4
I usually read John Grisham because of his typical fast paced law dramas, but my husband had wanted to read this so I thought gave it a try when he was done. This is not your typical Grisham fiction. This was actually based on true story, but still contains the law drama.

The details and the writing are great, but the saga itself is kind drawn out. I understand that human drama can be long and trying but I was getting slightly bored in places.

One of the great things I did get was the ability to compare current law enforcement and forensics that we utilize now that are described in the first stages in this book.

Overall a good read. Not typical Grisham, but still the same great writing.
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This is John Grisham's only true crime book. I found it very compelling. It's the story of two innocent men convicted of murder in a small town in Oklahoma. The details of the miscarriages of justice by the police, the judges, the prosecutor and the defense attorney are too bizarre to imagine, and yet they are absolutely true. One of the men was very much mentally ill when not medicated, and his treatment (and denial of treatment) by the prison system while he was on death row was pitiful. I don't have a lot of sympathy typically for convicted criminals, but I disapprove of emotionally torturing a mentally ill man and denying him medication that keeps him essentially sane. I don't want to give anything away. Grisham gives details of other miscarriages of justice in Oklahoma, particularly in Ada, and also highlights the Innocence Project. Pretty interesting and depressing read.
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Not my favorite book of Grisham's, but it is worth reading.
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This is a story that needed to be told. John Grisham was the right man to tell it. I admire him for all the in-depth research he did and for his keen insight as to what it all really meant. He has done us all a service in telling us how the 'justice' system sometimes really works.

Please don't judge this book by just its story, or how it was written. The vital message to take away is that these horrors happened to these people and likely to many more who don't have John Grisham to write their stories.

It is sometimes not a comfortable read, but its message needs to be known to us all.

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