An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it ...
would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sentto death row: his fate had been decided. Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliver the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what's right. After years of silence he is ready to confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?
La pena di morte, un odioso Texas sullo sfondo, e personaggi che lottano con tutte le loro forze contro le ingiustizie. Il solito bel Grisham, con il suo ritmo unico, con cui vale sempre la pena passare un po' di tempo.
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
..." 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.”
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!