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Some readers have made comments that Grisham had a not-so-secret agenda, writing the book as an argument against the death penalty, and that argument's definitely there, but the best parts of the story are the scenes with Donte's family, trying to honor this innocent young man's memory. The scene in the execution chamber is chilling, and the scene with Donte's mother preparing her son's body for his funeral left me in tears.
I started to read this book. However, in the reviews, I found that they executed Dante. Although a work of fiction, I didn't want to wade through many pages to find a tragic ending for this man. So, after about 75 pages or so, I returned it.
The first half is very intense with raw emotions and detailed with a lot of legal information. I couldn't put down this book of that ending is satisfying and complete . A great story!!
A very good author but such a tragic environment in which to be writing and trying to practice law. For those interested in the American 'justice' system Grisham is a must read. For those of us who do not have to contend with elected judges and biased juries in our court system the book underlines how fortunate we are not to be living in Texas.
I I feel the author skirted around the most glaring flaw in this story, the forced confession of a vulnerable citizen who felt they had nothing to hide and therefore gave up rights to a lawyer. If this is an ongoing problem in American police custody they should start by fixing that ability for bent cops to twist witness statements or psychologically torture witnesses until they admit to crimes they have not committed.
Simply superb. It starts slow compared to other books by Grisham but by the middle of the book I was so engrossed that I felt like I was reading a true account and not a work of fiction
After his previous legal "thriller," I was ready to give up on Grisham, but he has redeemed himself here. His characters are still rather flat and poorly written, but the novel's crisp, journalistic style lends itself to the riveting plot: an innocent young man on death row, with only a frantic last-minute chance of exoneration. Grisham uses his work with innocence commissions in a couple different states, and his research from his non-fiction book "The Innocent Man," to create this story centered around the efforts of a defense attorney and a horrified preacher, who stumbles upon the real killer in a nine-year-old murder case.
A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is another compelling read by John Grisham. A black boy is wrongfully convicted and executed for a murder he didn't commit. The murder is solved -- but too late for Dante."
Worst Grisham book I've read by far. Absolutely no plot twist and the story was all over the place..if you need something to bore you to death this is it!
I love Grisham because his books are real world, exciting and well written. Unfortunately, in this one the author works so hard to make his point that he abandons his craftmanship. His characters, heroes and villians alike, are little more than cartoon cardboard cut-outs. Grisham could have written a hard-hitting asault on the death penalty, but instead he chose to take the easy way out and wrote a cheesy 1950's western where the good guys all wear white hats and the bad guys black. Real life is never that clear cut. I guess this is what happens when the author's name on the book cover is bigger than the title.
Long winded. Took a very long time and repetitive dialogue to finally come to some kind of ending
One of Grisham's better books. Gripping storyline that keeps you reading. After the "climax" though, the plot losses some steam (quota of 400 pages anyone?)
I hadn't read any Grisham novels in years, so I recently devoured, The Racketeer. After that, I chose The Confession. A Great choice! Another excellent Grisham novel. Hard to put down, interesting, great subject (the death penalty), believable characters, hard to predict the outcome, what more can I say? Grisham has no equal when it comes to writing legal crime novels!
Preacher winds up in the middle of a case where a black man is wrongly executed for killing a woman who was his friend in high school. Actually she was murdered by a sexual offender who admits it but not in time to save black man.
Written as a scathing critique of the Texas "justice" system, Grisham continues his denunciation of capital punishment. An innocent man is convicted of, and executed for a murder that he didn't commit. Grisham has crafted a riveting scenario of a wrong-man execution and the fallout created when the real killer is found, too late to save the man convicted.
Grisham is skillfull and keeps you interested. There were a couple of plot points that made me say "Seriously?"...they were a little too cliche and convenient, rather than surprising or dramatic.
Listened to it on audiobook and that format worked well as one will gap more in the reading process with this method. The theme of the death penalty and the problems with it are exhaustively discussed. That doing the right thing can get you in to trouble comes up.The tumor that "lightens" was not realistic. All in all this leaves you with much to discuss whether you are pro or con on this issue. A book club would find this evokes a lot of discussion.
I like John Grisham's books for their high interest and quick reads. This is not one of his better books. The storyline just kind of peters out towards the end of the book. Not as satisfying a read as his usual stories. Rather disjointed in places. The real hero of the day is the pastor. It might have been better if told from someone else's view point.
As usual, Grisham has the right formula to produce yet another page -turner. I have yet to read an "average" Grisham novel.
This was a great read, well written, exciting, tense, and certainly will tug at your emotions. If you liked Grisham's true story called " The Innocent Man "...you will enjoy this as well.
I hadn't read a Grisham for a long time but needed something for a plane trip. I enjoyed about two thirds of the book but found the last part a bit boring and it brought my rating down. Just didn't sustain it's grip on me towards the end.
Great story and maybe it's time to think that no matter what we can't take other people's life. And when you discover that you killed the wrong person I don't know how that individual can cope for the rest of his life.
Great story that invokes thought into the pros and cons of the death penalty. Highly recommended read.