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The Confession

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Description

An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him.

Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body where it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a black local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row.

Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis also faecs death, suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. At long last, he decides to do what's right. After years of silence, he is ready to confess.

But the law doesn't want to hear it. As far as they're concerned, they've got their man.

So how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that the man they're about to execute is innocent?

From Publishers Weekly

01 November 2010 – Grisham's recent slump continues with another subpar effort whose plot and characters, none of whom are painted in shades of gray, aren't able to support an earnest protest against the death penalty. In 2007, almost on the eve of the execution of Dont Drumm, an African-American college football star, for the 1998 murder of a white cheerleader whose body was never found, Travis Boyette, a creepy multiple sex offender, confesses that he's guilty of the crime to Kansas minister Keith Schroeder. With Drumm's legal options dwindling fast and with the threat of civil unrest in his Texas hometown if the execution proceeds, Schroeder battles to convince Boyette to go public with the truth and to persuade the condemned man's attorney that Boyette's story needs to be taken seriously. While the action progresses with a certain grim realism, Schroeder's superficial responses to the issues raised undercut the impact. As with The Appeal, the author's passionate views on serious flaws in the justice system don't translate well into fiction.

Customer Reviews

A compelling read.

Despite the odd bad review, I still wanted to read this book. I am glad I did. It is one of those books you don’t want to put down, sad, energising, thought provoking but a really compelling read.

Yes, it does question the action of the death penalty and life on death row, it also illustrates the incompetence sometimes of the law and idiots that find their way into positions where they are clearly not suitable or capable to hold office. Fortunately these are, I hope, few and far between.

I am still catching up on the stories of John Grisham and hope I can still find some as compelling as this one.

The Confession

Grisham at his best

The Confession

It is like an addiction to continue reading. It is following my mind when not reading everywhere, what will happen next, etc. It is a very very excellent book to read. At the end of the book, still, I can not decide who is the leading man in the story. May be that is the difficulties when writing a novel about the law.

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  • £3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 09 November 2010
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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