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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,467 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Scott Sower Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him.

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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • "The Confession is the kind of grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible. But it's also a superb work of social criticism in the literary troublemaker tradition of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle....Brilliant Washington Post
  • Grisham is the master of the legal thriller. USA Today
  • The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his Theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end. Time magazine
  • The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of entertainment Los Angeles Times
  • With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions. Entertainment Weekly
  • John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days. The New York Times Book Review
  • Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues. Chicago Sun-Times
  • A legal literary legend. USA Today
  • “[A] grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story.”

    Washington Post

  • “[John Grisham] is a master at pacing…The book starts fast and finishes faster.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Packed with tension, legal roadblocks, and shocking revelations.”

    USA Today

  • “There’s no doubt that Grisham has his finger on the pulse of America.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “John Grisham at the top of his form.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Bestseller
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sukumar Iyer | 2/15/2014

    " I don't know why some people don't like this book (unless you're a hardcore hang em high bubba from Texas). Well written, good pace, well sketched out characters. If you're looking for a courtroom drama this is not one but it is an impactful read, makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Kilgore | 2/10/2014

    " Great book, I was a bit disappointed in the middle of it, but the ending was great. It kept me guessing to the very end. Love John Grisham and he didn't disappoint this time either!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/6/2014

    " More of an examination of capital punishment than a novel, but interesting nonetheless. Grisham is so good at explaining the system and human interactions. Worth reading... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Enid Luiten | 1/23/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down! A great read. "

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