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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the vein of Serial and Making a Murderer, John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, it’s a book no American can afford to miss.
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.
Praise for The Innocent Man
“Grisham has written both an American tragedy and his strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”Entertainment Weekly
“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.

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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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