The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (Hardcover)

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    John Grisham is the author of Skipping Christmas, The Summons, A Painted House, The Brethren, The Testament, The Street Lawyer, The Partner, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and A Time to Kill. He lives with his family in Mississippi and Virginia.


    From the Paperback edition.
    John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.

    Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.

    In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.

    With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

    If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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    ISBN 9780385517232
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 360
    Publisher Date 2006-10-10 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Doubleday
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 9.75 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.45 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Grisham, John
    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    Country of Origin United States

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    • The Non-fiction and service
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      The Innocent Man, to me is not Mr. Grishem's best work. Kind of lengthy at times, and the main story is inflicted with several other stories. Understandabley so, however, John is making a point about the ineptness of the Oklahoma judicial system. Overall, the book was good, but I won't read it again. The service by Overstock.com was impeccable. I will certainly shop here again, between the shipping bargain and the association with Upromise, Overstock.com has become my favorite shopping site.

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    • the innocent man
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      if you are a fan of John Grisham you will like this one to add to your collection.

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    • The Innocent Man
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      Great book about crouption in a small town. But then what else would you excpect from John Grisham.....

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    • The Innocent Man

      This book was one of the best True Crime stories I've ever read. It will certainly make you think about the criminal justice system and the mental health treatments in this country. Mr. Williamson & Mr. Fritz were railroaded by the City of Ada police department. Thank goodness justice finally prevailed for them, but what a price they both paid.

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    • GRISHAM NAILS IT AGAIN
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      Even though this is out of his genre he has written another great book. What can I say other than I'm glad he is writing and not practicing law. I always look forward to the next one from him.

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    • The Innocent Man
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      Tough to get through, love his books, but he should stick to fiction.

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        Christmas present for my husband, he loves John's books.

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