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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, John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence—a book no American can afford to miss.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

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The Innocent Man
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August 27th, 2015
Oh my God. To see the injustice of putting a person in jail wrongfully is astonishing. Great book from a great writer. Love his books.
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The Innocent Man
July 6th, 2014
Very prolific writer that allows the book to be a page turner .Plenty of interesting twists and turns .
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The Innocent Man
February 10th, 2014
This was a very well written book, sad, and unfair life of a person who did not deserve what happened to him, I wish there were more people out there willing to go the extra mile for those who are wrongly convicted of a crime they did not commit.
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February 7th, 2013
This is one of my favorites by john grisham. I felt like I was in the shoes of the young guy wrongly convicted! A great book from beginning to sad ending!
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