The Confession

The Confession

Book - 2010
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When Travis Boyette is paroled because of inoperable brain tumor, for the first time in his life, he decides to do the right thing and tell police about a crime he committed and another man is about to be executed for.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385528047
Branch Call Number: FICTION Grisham 2010
Characteristics: 418 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Confession : a novel


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DBRL_KrisA Sep 30, 2017

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.

Jun 17, 2016

It was good. Typical grisham

Apr 15, 2016

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.

Dec 26, 2015

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.

Jun 14, 2015

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

Dec 22, 2014

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."

keving80 Apr 03, 2014

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!

OhioEngineer Sep 19, 2013

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.

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Nov 27, 2015

Prisons are hate factories, Pastor, and society wants more and more of them.

You've watched dozens leave and not return, and you accept the fact that one day they'll come for you. You're nothing but a rat in their lab, a disposable body to be used as proof that their experiment is working. An eye for an eye, each killing must be avenged. You kill enough and you're convinced that killing is good.

He's a two-faced, cutthroat, dirt-dumb, chicken shit, slimy, little bastard with a bright future in politics.


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