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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (29,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Craig Wasson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Ron Williamson signed with the Oakland A’s in 1971, 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. He moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.

In 1982, a twenty-one-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were arrested and charged with capital murder.

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 audiobook 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As fantastic and gripping as any of his fictional work.”

    New York Post

  • “Grisham has written both an American tragedy and his strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.”


  • “[Grisham’s] reasoning is sound and his passion is contagious.”

    Washington Post

  • “Grisham at his succinct, and often sardonic, best.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A triumph.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Shocking, disturbing, and enthralling—a must read for fiction and nonfiction fans.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen Davies | 2/9/2014

    " From arguably the best Legal thriller author of the past 20 years, John Grisham's foray into non fiction is no less brilliant. Gripped from start to end, this is a stunning read, and even more emotional knowing its based on fact rather than fiction. Well researched and Beautifully written. A must for all Grisham Fans, and Legal Thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Claudia Shaw | 2/7/2014

    " I've always been a Grisham fan but I was disappointed in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent story on how 2 innocent men were sent to prison; one received death penalty and the other a life sentence all because the cops in a small Oklahoma town fabricated proof of the crime. John Grisham should write more nonfiction books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peg | 2/2/2014

    " Kind of creepy. Goes into a lot of detail about an actual murder. Learned a lot about criminal investigation. "

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