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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
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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.
Grisham at his best
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.