For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors ...
For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. 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 in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donte Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donte is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man? (P)2010 Random House, LLC
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THIS WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK, ONE OF HIS BEST!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT
Jul 3, 2011
Another Decent Grisham Novel
I enjoyed this book more than Grisham's last few novels, although the pace moves slowly. I believe he made his point about the justice system and the legal system as he is wont to do. I suggest that you pick it up - read it - form an opinion.
Feb 9, 2011
Finer points of the "Needle"
Eerily close to the truth in a fictional tale. This book will not be read by right wing advocates of the death penalty. This book is a close examination of the blase inured attitude which, so easily, escalates within the cavalier, macabre world of death penalty states. The story begins in Topeka, Ks when Travis Boyette finds in minister Keith Schroeder someone to whom he can confess his heinous abduction and murder of Nicole Yarber, the exigency being the impending execution of Donte Drumm in a couple of days in Texas. Boyette has only recently been released from Lansing penitentiary and is in a halfway house on parole not far from Keiths church, and had felt all along Drumm would be cleared. This was not to be, as Donte had been set up by a coerced and elongated highly illegal confession orchestrated by several key people within the legal system in Slone Tx. Adding to Drumms dilemma were a jailhouse snitch, and a jealous perjuring boyfriend of the deceased. The ensuing, law breaking, trip to Texas brings a torrent of reaction from a multitude of involved lawyers, representatives, families, and citizenry. Grisham titillates the senses, induces introspect, highlights the flaws in the system, and floats a highly entertaining tale all at once.
Jan 6, 2011
Best in a long time for Grisham
This book has got to be one of J. Grisham's best book written in a long time if not his absolute best. The story is written to keep you in suspense making it difficult to put the book down before getting to the end. Many twists and turns in the story but so much could definitely be true in today's world. It would make you beware of today's legal system.
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