The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice In a Small Town (Unabridged) [Unabridged Nonfiction]
by John Grisham
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John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. 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 women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
Thank you John, may we have another...
I’m a “reader” still finding my way in the audiobooks landscape and “being read to” mostly to pass my commute. This book did everything I would want and more. I found the story wholly captivating and evocative. More than once, I got out of my car incredulous to the plight of its characters and the nightmare in which they found themselves trapped. The book itself was well researched and skillfully written with lawyerly insight and informative flashbacks. It felt like a story that HAD to be told. Lucky for us, the perfect writer told it. Via a narrator I found to be first rate.
Awsome Book!! One of his best! Great way to spend a day just lisening to his his awsome books!
Woohoo for Grisham!
John Grisham is, and has been, my favorite author of all time. I have read most of his books, including this one, which just came out October 10. I'm glad iTunes has this audiobook, and hope ones like these will continue in the future. Good stuff.