#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.
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“Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—Entertainment Weekly
In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free.
Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, The Innocent Man reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.
Praise for The Innocent Man
“Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.”—The Boston Globe
“A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.”—Time
“A triumph.”—The Seattle Times
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham’s The Litigators.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction looks at the chilling true-crime story of two murders that rocked the sleepy town of Ada, Oklahoma in the ’80s—and examines the tragic injustice that ensued. Grisham unravels the case in methodical detail, introducing us to the two men who were wrongfully convicted while the real killer roamed free. Even with all we know about the fallibility of the criminal justice system today, The Innocent Man is still shocking. Grisham himself has said that if he had written this book as fiction, it would have seemed totally unbelievable.
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Caught and held me the whole way
I really enjoyed the story and am still gob-smacked at the truth of the tale.
Not what I expected based on his previous work
Love John Grisham it is not the average mystery crime story
A Great Story
A very interesting look into a shaky court and prison system. Captivating read.