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The Confession

A Novel

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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from John Grisham's The Litigators and Calico Joe.

An innocent man is about to be executed.
Only a guilty man can save him.
In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette 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?

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 01, 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


More subtle than Grisham tends to be, though the insertion of the minister protagonist isn't an entirely successful device. Sadly, it tracks actual Texas law and practice too well, and not hyperbolically. Accepts reality, although the idea the minister would move to Texas voluntarily stretches credibility perhaps. Soberly and deftly plotted.

memories of the "Confession"

John Grisham. Continues to write wonderful stories that embrace southern football and southern politics and the Confession is no exception.

The book is overly long. You can more or less skip through about every characters long background description and still never miss out on any of the feeling this book delivers.

Of course I am an impatient reader, so you should take my comments in context.

I very much enjoyed this book and hope that John will continue to entrall the public with equally I interesting stories about the south, texes, football and southern politics.

Thanks Tate Russack

Same Old Formula Of Writing

Lately it seems that John Grisham is writing books because of a contract or has nothing else to do. His current work is the same formula from book to book. Nothing creative or surprising. I was very disappointed in his new book Confessions. It felt like a merging of sections from different books.

The Confession
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 26, 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 528 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 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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