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Informative,
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The Confession: A Novel
by John Grisham

Published: 2011-07-19
Mass Market Paperback : 528 pages
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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 ...

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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?

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Were you surprised at how Donte's story turned out? How might the author have handled that aspect of his tale differently? Why do you think he chose this particular outcome?
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  "The Confession"by elyseclaire (see profile) 08/15/13

Very interesting book. Lots of drama! Very insightful on some moral/political issues. Created great discussion in book club!

 
  "The Confession"by possumbox (see profile) 08/16/11

This book is a rather thinly disguised appeal for reconsideration of the current policy regarding capital punishment in the United States. It explores the inequities that are so deeply rooted in the justice... (read more)

 
  "Good discussion book"by deb17866 (see profile) 08/01/11

Good for discussions as is any controversial subject like the death penalty.

 
  "The legal system in action"by dchase21 (see profile) 05/23/11

Grisham, though not one of my favorite writers, presents a very accurate look at the appeal process. All the backroom deals, police misconduct, benign neglect that is fostered upon citizens who are charged... (read more)

 
  "The Confession"by cahill (see profile) 04/07/11

The book grabs your attention from the start, drawing you into the character's lives. It's like a "Who dun it?" in reverse. The "Who" is evident in the first chapter, but it takes the next few days to... (read more)

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