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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Confession

I find John Grisham to be a very compelling storyteller and a strong writer.  I have yet to read a book by him that I have not enjoyed, so my expectations were fair going into The Confession.  I have to say, though, that my expectations were blown out of the water.

A young black man, Donte Drumm, is arrested and convicted in the murder of Nicole Yarber, a white classmate of his in small-town Texas; he is sentenced to death.  The problem is the lack of evidence, including Nicole's body.  His conviction hinges upon a false confession he gave after 15 hours of interrogation.  When the real killer comes forward, will the execution be stopped in time to save Donte?  Or will no one believe the truth?

As with so many books I review here, I hesitate to give away too much information.  The case remains the same here.  I can not speak for Mr. Grisham's thoughts on the death penalty, but my reading this book comes on the heels of quite a bit of debate on the death penalty, and I have been struggling with what I believe in real life.  This book broke my heart, and it reminded me that there is not a right answer to the death penalty.  This blog isn't about my proselytizing, so my beliefs will be kept to myself.  I will say, however, that Grisham made me face my beliefs and gave me reason to both believe them further and to doubt them, and that to me is a book worth reading.

If you are a Grisham fan, a legal thriller fan, or just a good-read-in-general fan, pick this up.  I promise you won't regret it.

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