I like reading John Grisham. He writes about exciting lawsuits.
A thrilling story of an innocent man, Donte Drumm, approaching the date of execution. He was prosecuted for the murder of cheer leader Nicole, and he had already been in death row for nine years. He was tortured to a confession.
On Monday, the real killer, Travis Boyette confessed to Reverend Keith at the office of the Church. The execution of Donte was determined on coming Thursday. In this period, Keith risked his career and tried his best to bring Travis to the Defense Lawyer, Robbie. At the meantime, Robbie exhausted all claims for a stay, including affidavit by Travis and Joey (the only eyewitness of the crime who later recanted), insanity petition, tortured confession and the affair between the Trial Judge and the Prosecutor.
For about 3/4 of the book, it described all activities of different groups of people in these three days before execution. The busy Robbie group, the poor Drumm family, the high-profile victim’s family, the coldness of the Governor, the Appeal Judge, the Prosecutor and the Detective. There were also chaos and protests on streets.
The innocent boy could have been saved if Travis arrived 24 hours earlier, since no one would listen to a serial rapist without showing the body of Nicole. People simply thought that he was a last-minute attention seeker.
Just one day after the execution, everything went smooth. Body discovered, claims/charges filed, wrongful conviction expunged, bad people got punishment, except that the Governor still stayed without abolition of the death row.
“Death row is a nightmare for serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it’s a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive.”...Continua
Just what you would expect from John Grisham another page turning legal suspense thriller with a cracking plot that kept me enthralled from page 1 to the very end.
John Grisham used to write very good "entertaining" novels.
But this one is just plain boring. I've put it down before reaching the half: there's so much better to read, even "just to relax". So... skip it!