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3.77230769230769 out of 53.77230769230769 out of 53.77230769230769 out of 53.77230769230769 out of 53.77230769230769 out of 5 3.77 (39 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: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739340493
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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.”

    Time

  • “[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 Screwfist | 1/29/2017

    " For a true story turned into a msg, it's pretty good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Peg | 2/2/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zeb Snyder | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting case. Unimpressive but adequate prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Davis | 1/20/2014

    " This book took me by surprize. Whie reading it I found it very clinical. I felt like Ray's mental health issues got so prolonged and the redundant. Grisham is usually a very direct yet excellent story-teller who protrays the storyline with efficeny and enough foreshadowing to keep you turning each and every page. In this book the storyline was very drawn out and often repetitive. I became anxious and tired reading it. But when I got to the end and read the editor's note about how this was a true story and how some of the people who perpetuated these injustises towards Ray and others I was appalled and realized why the book's storyline rambled on like it did. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki Zylstra | 1/13/2014

    " What a disappointment! I've really enjoyed the mre recent Grisham books, but this was a monotone narrative. I haven't quit a book before it was finished in years, but I just couldn't bear this one anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ValaRee Shields | 12/31/2013

    " It was good, but slow at parts. It found it interesting that John Grisham did a non fiction book. Shocking story, non the less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iv | 12/19/2013

    " not bad but very slow...but still good to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mblaineeichin | 12/5/2013

    " Typical Grisham, except this time it is a true story. Riveting. Don't trust the po po. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal Johnson | 11/20/2013

    " I have always enjoyed Grisham's books but I was looking forward to a non-fiction not a letter to the editor. To many of his opinions and jabs as opposed to telling the story that really happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Tompkins | 11/18/2013

    " Amazing story about a man and his quest to clear his name. Makes you rethink the morality of the death penalty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 11/7/2013

    " Very different, not my favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Klemm | 11/4/2013

    " Scary how the 'justice system' works (or doesn't) sometimes. An arrogant DA, shoddy police work, and innocent men going to death row. Makes you wonder just how often this happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Beese | 11/2/2013

    " John Grisham did an excellent job of bringing all of these real people together in this gripping true story of our justice system, and how innocent men are imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. I often wonder how many innocent men have NOT made it off of Death Row. In my mind, one is too many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 8/8/2013

    " I appreciated this first attempt by John Grisham at non-fiction. I especially like that the plot was one close to my heart: dispensation (or non-dispensation) of justice, crime, evidence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 WangÅ©i Ng'ang'a | 5/19/2013

    " Who said that law equals justice??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon Burke | 5/16/2013

    " Great book and one that makes want to Wikipedia all you've read. True story of a baseball player who runs afoul of the law and faces death row and an uncompromising legal system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 8/3/2012

    " Great story as only Grisham now! Entertaining story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hubjeanne | 7/2/2012

    " I cannot believe this story actually took place in American. Surely makes one wonder who they can trust. I will forever be haunted by this incredible story, sad as it is. Well told, Mr. Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellany Kincross | 5/20/2012

    " It is unbelievable that this could happen to anyone. This book proves our legal systems has flaws. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trenee281 | 12/10/2011

    " Makes you wonder how many have fallen victim to the judicial system, because of someones' lies!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/12/2011

    " Another John Grisham -- this one is a true story. Same subject as the last Grisham I read which was a novel. So still just as disturbing only more so for being a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 11/3/2011

    " This was a page turner. A non-fictional account by John Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belebe | 9/12/2011

    " Very interesting read. A true story that reads like a non-fiction. My heart goes out to Ron who was jailed for 11 years for a murder he did not commit. So much for all the flaws and bad police work that robbed years out of the innocents' lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alma De La Peña | 6/27/2011

    " very good book based a great deal on facts...thats what got me reading johm grisham books... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dman29 | 5/13/2011

    " A bit on the boring side... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/12/2011

    " Listening to the book as we drove home from DC. It's a very good listen ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calderq | 5/4/2011

    " It was a hard book to get into because of all the detail and "law talk". I did how ever find myself captivated by the story and fascinated that this kind of injustice takes place in our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/3/2011

    " John Grisham's first non-fiction work. He told it like the lawyer he was. Causes one to really contemplate the death sentence and wonder how many are still in prison and are innocent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 4/25/2011

    " A good story, but it could have been told in half the number of pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geof | 4/22/2011

    " The scariest stories are the true ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 4/22/2011

    " This was a page turner. A non-fictional account by John Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 4/19/2011

    " I can not believe how idiotic the justice system was to this poor man!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tad | 4/9/2011

    " A terrible indictment of justice and the death penalty in America -- Grisham adds his research to that of Robert Mayer's terrific reporting on the case in The Dreams of Ada. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/6/2011

    " This nonfiction work of Grisham's reads just like his novels. Without the author's note, I might not have even realized that this story of investigative ineptitude was real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 3/28/2011

    " This is a very good book that i started over my school break and am currently on around page 300. I hear this is a series of books and hope to read the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/28/2011

    " It's an intriguing true story. It really makes you think of the flaws of our justice system and our attitudes towards those arrested and on trial. I will definitely be more careful of what I think of the defendant the next time I get jury duty. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Craig Wasson is an actor and audiobook narrator. His most notable film appearance was in the 1984 film, Body Double. Also a prolific reader of audio books, he narrated Stephen King’s novel, 11/22/63, as well as numerous books by James Ellroy and John Grisham.