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The Confession: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | July 19, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Confession: A Novel is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 9.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
First time in paperback

An innocent man is about to be executed.
Only a guilty man can save him.

 
In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 7.49 × 4.24 × 1.2 in

Published: July 19, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440245117

ISBN - 13: 9780440245117

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Straight forward tale with no twists. There were no surprises, no severely tense moments and no action packed scenes in Grisham's "The Confession". The idea that an innocent man may be wrongfully executed is not new, and I am not trying to "poopoo" the severity of a legal execution, but I never felt/cared for the poor boy on death row as it seemed he knew there was no way out before we, the readers, knew. I was more interested in the role played by the Pastor who was trying to stop the execution by producing the identity of the real killer while that same real killer toyed with the Pastor's emotions and kindness. I kind of expected to be a bit of a showdown between the two, but it never materialized.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good Grisham read Though there are some politics at play (too much realism?) and it isn't my favorite Grisham novel, it is still a good read...
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shocking Grisham can do better. I was a bit disappointed in this one. Slow build up then once Dante is executed, about half way through the story goes down hill and kind of fizzles out. In my mind hardly anyone in the justice system and politics gets any payback. A real bad ending dragged on and on only to execute another prisoner in the last paragraph. Sorry John, not your best.
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fantastic book by John Grisham! A frighting tale about capital punishment! Even though the characters may not be real people, my heart went out to them. I couldn't put it down, even when it was hard to read though my tears.
Date published: 2011-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GRIPPING! Not a huge Grisham fan but WOW....this book rocked my world. I was glued from beginning to end. A powerful book I will not soon forget. If you are looking for a GREAT winter read....pick up THE CONFESSION!
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another masterpiece Yes, Grisham has done it again. I just loved the book, I really admire the quality of his writing and especially the plot and subplots. Grisham is a great writer ! You will love this book.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love John Grisham !!! I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my husband. I introduced him to this fine author years ago and we always look forward to his next book. I'm sure he will love it and will be happy to share it with me!
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grisham has outdone himself! The master has outdone himself this time. A book so emotionally charged that you will not want to stop reading, yet you will be compelled to stop to wipe away a tear and take a breath before picking it up to continue reading until the next breathless stop.
Date published: 2010-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Classic ! Grisham has done it again. After a break for a young adult book he has come back with another formula thriller. Some people may not like formulas... but if it works, why change ! Loved it !
Date published: 2010-11-18

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The Confession: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 7.49 × 4.24 × 1.2 in

Published: July 19, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440245117

ISBN - 13: 9780440245117

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
First time in paperback
An innocent man is about to be executed.
Only a guilty man can save him.
In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donte Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donte is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?

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Chapter 1 The custodian at St. Mark’s had just scraped three inches of snow off the sidewalks when the man with the cane appeared. The sun was up, but the winds were howling; the temperature was stuck at the freezing mark. The man wore only a pair of thin dungarees, a summer shirt, well-worn hiking boots, and a light Windbreaker that stood little chance against the chill. But he did not appear to be uncomfortable, nor was he in a hurry. He was on foot, walking with a limp and a slight tilt to his left, the side aided by the cane. He shuffled along the sidewalk near the chapel and stopped at a side door with the word “Office” painted in dark red. He did not knock and the door was not locked. He stepped inside just as another gust of wind hit him in the back. The room was a reception area with the cluttered, dusty look one would expect to find in an old church. In the center was a desk with a nameplate that announced the presence of Charlotte Junger, who sat not far behind her name. She said with a smile, “Good morning.” “Good morning,” the man said. A pause. “It’s very cold out there.” “It is indeed,” she said as she quickly sized him up. The obvious problem was that he had no coat and nothing on his hands or head. “I assume you’re Ms. Junger,” he said, staring at her name. “No, Ms. Junger is out today. The flu. I’m Dana Schroeder, the minister’s
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
First time in paperback

An innocent man is about to be executed.
Only a guilty man can save him.

 
In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-two novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project in New York and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

“[A] grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story.”—The Washington Post

“[John Grisham] is a master at pacing. . . . The book starts fast and finishes faster.”—Los Angeles Times

“Packed with tension, legal roadblocks and shocking revelations.”—USA Today