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The Confession: A Novel

by John Grisham
Read by Scott Sowers

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group | October 26, 2010 | Audio Book (CD)

The Confession: A Novel is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
An innocent man is about to be executed.

Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he 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?


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.93 × 5.07 × 1.11 in

Published: October 26, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739376195

ISBN - 13: 9780739376195

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 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
Read by Scott Sowers

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.93 × 5.07 × 1.11 in

Published: October 26, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739376195

ISBN - 13: 9780739376195

About the Book

"John Grisham delivers his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. "
Holiday gift giving will be a breeze this fall when John Grisham's latest legal thriller lands on the shelves. Filled with the intriguing twists and turns that have become Grisham's trademark, this newest novel will prove once again that no one keeps readers in suspense like America's favorite storyteller.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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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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An innocent man is about to be executed.

Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he 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?


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM has written twenty-one novels, a collection of short sto­ries, and one work of nonfiction. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

" The Confession  is the kind of grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible. But it''s also a superb work of social criticism in the literary troublemaker tradition of Upton Sinclair''s "The Jungle....Brilliant"-- Washington Post "Grisham is the master of the legal thriller."-- USA Today NO ONE KEEPS YOU IN SUSPENSE LIKE AMERICA’S FAVORITE STORYTELLER   “The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his Theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end.” —Time magazine   “The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of entertainment” — Los Angeles Times   “With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his feisty critiques of the legal system, his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions.” — Entertainment Weekly   “John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days.” — The New York Times Book Review   “Grisham is a marvelous storyteller who works readers the way a good trial lawyer works a jury.” — Philadelphia Inquirer    “A mighty narrative talent and an
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