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The Innocent Man
The Innocent Man
Author: John Grisham
In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron'’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led n...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385340915
ISBN-10: 0385340915
Publication Date: 11/20/2007
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 172 ratings
Publisher: Delta
Book Type: 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 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: 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: 4
I really enjoyed this book. Grishom was able to hold my interest throughout the book. The story of Ron Williamson is a tragic one that needed to be told. I hope Oklahoma's judicial system has cleaned up its act!!
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I generally love and enjoy reading true crime, on top of that John Grisham is a great writer, but this was the longest read ever! There are certain parts that you just want to skip because they are so dry.
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Grisham abandons the finctional here to examine a murder case in Ada Oklahoma in the early 1980s which resulted in the conviction of two men totally innocent of the horrific crime.
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The journalistic review of a most disturbing injustice of jailing the wrong man for murder was very interesting in the second half. There were so many purposely false steps in the prosecution that after a while I got bored with reading all of the things that went wrong. By far the most interesting part to me was the second half of the book which described the unraveling of the false accusations. The work of the Innocent Victim group of attorneys was breath taking. I also enjoyed the end of the book where the author told what had happened in the mean time to the people in the book. The most shocking was that the prosecuting district attorney in the small town is still in office.

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