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The Confession by John Grisham

The Confession

by John Grisham

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    Moment of Truth by Lisa Scottoline (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: If you like dramatic and suspenseful legal thrillers in which an attorney must prove the obvious untrue, you may like The Confession and Moment of Truth. Additionally, the difficulty of manipulating opinion plays into both stories.

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Sometimes I get a book that touches a subject that is large in my environment, and this book is just that. Currently, there are two death penalty cases in my state and it is making me examine my feeling on executing a murderer. My head knows the death penalty is only a deterrent to the convicted person but it is a permanent one. My heart doesn't want to think about death, mine or anyone else's. In this book, the convicted man is not guilty, but is executed anyway. The guilty man confesses right before the execution is scheduled, but he isn't believed until after he takes people to the body. Even with this, nothing changes. The state will not stop putting people on death row. As usual, John Grisham writes an riveting issue story. But so did Erle Stanley Garner in his Perry Mason series. ( )
  susanbeamon | Aug 6, 2015 |
This book contains John Grisham's comments against (1) the death penalty and (2) Texas. Some may say that it's impossible, that a set of circumstances could conspire to enable a state to put an innocent man to death. Why? the multiple characters were well developed and contributed to the theme. As a non legal person, I'm amazed at his insights and happy that I've not tangled with the US legal system. The book was a page turner and burner. ( )
  buffalogr | Jun 2, 2015 |
grisham at his best. wher does he keep finding the material ? Time to buy books and complete my Grisham collection ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 8, 2015 |
Now, most of know how execution-happy Texas is, but the circumstances defining the plot of this book are rather far-fetched, even if racist crazies get their way. The prosecutor is having an affair with the judge. There Is no physical evidence, only a confession obtained under duress (and the record of it is not remotely convincing at that as the interrogator is prompting him for certain "facts" that was said incorrectly. A phone call long after the murder by a classmate who has an axe to grind, bearing false testimony. The testimony of a "jailhouse snitch" who says what he is told to say in return for a lighter sentence. It's outrageous that anyone in modern times (and this is set in modern-day Texas) would be convicted by a jury (made partial by the judge/prosecutor relationship) would even be convicted in this circumstance, let alone given the death penalty. Even more outlandish is appeals all along the way did not stop this travesty.

In spite of a ludicrous premise, Grisham puts enough effort into the characters to save the book. The real killer identifies himself at the 11th hour to a priest in Kansas, who decides he needs to make an effort to save the wrongfully-convicted prisoner on the eve of his execution. The priest, the killer, the defense lawyer are all well-done characters. The governor in particular is such a despicable person that true hatred develops as the story goes on. While the premise is implausible, characterization and related events seem to be authentic within its context. ( )
  JeffV | Feb 28, 2015 |
excellent portrayal of a judicial system, hopefully not a true portrayal of the Texas system. ( )
  RolandB | Jan 6, 2015 |
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There’s a lot of padding in “The Confession.” The story’s outcome is invested with surprisingly little suspense. And the climactic moments play out long before the book is over. So this is a solid yet sluggish novel that is not one of Mr. Grisham’s barnburners.

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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 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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When Travis Boyette is paroled because of inoperable brain tumor, for the first time in his life, he decides to do the right thing and tell police about a crime he committed and another man is about to be executed for.

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