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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: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mayda | 2/20/2014

    " This nonfiction book reads like a novel. It is no less a legal thriller for being a true account of justice gone awry. While at times it seems a bit tedious and redundant, it is nevertheless a compelling story of murder in a small town, and the ruthlessness of the prosecutors who seek a murderer, but go after the wrong man. Well researched, but not documented, it is slanted towards the wrongly condemned, to the detriment of the legal system. And yet, if not for a handful of lawyers and judges, the condemned man would never have been freed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Crystal Johnson | 2/10/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " Difficult to read without becoming angry at the injustices inflicted on the main characters, and the lack of responsibility and apology by prosecutor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Louise Brand | 1/28/2014

    " This is a terrible book. "

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