“I'm not sure if it is completely possible to be enthralled with a book but infuriated by it as well. If this is indeed possible then I am in those shoes. In 1983, a lovely young woman was found brutally murdered in her apartment in Ada, Oklahoma. The police and prosecutor knew who committed the crime, they just had to prove it... by whatever means necessary. The prosecutor didn't care that he actually needed evidence to convict, the confessions heard by jailed prisoners would be plenty. Give him an attorney who didn't defend and his fate was sealed with prison bars.
Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz were innocent of the murder of Debbie Carter, as they stated throughout the "investigation". The entire thing was not merely injustice but a severe miscarriage! I was appalled that no one seemed to notice that the confessions, so called, were illegal; the prosecution failed to convince beyond a reasonable doubt that either man was even seen with the victim prior to her death, let alone in her apartment; the defense missed that Mr Williamson was obviously not competent enough to stand trial.
I do believe that if you commit the crime then you must serve the time for it. But what if you are indeed innocent? Twelve years of legal maneuvering and two men are finally free but forever changed. I know I just gave it away, but the so does the synopsis. Getting to the end is the trial, if you'll forgive the pun.
John Grisham has not before, nor since, delved into the world of true crime or non-fiction. "Writing fiction is just too much fun," he says. His style, though, is clear throughout. The Innocent Man reads almost like a work of fiction. Indeed, I hoped that it was, instead of some cruel imprisonment for two men. This book has been on my shelves for some time and once started, I found it difficult to put down. ”
“Great story about the sad state of affairs of the judicial system in Oklahoma in the mid to late 80's. Grisham made his magic work (like always) creating this true crime story seem like one set in a fictional world. Definitely a good read.”Joe B wrote this review Monday, February 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. It is my first take on Grisham and I heard this is not normally his style and his other books are fantastic as well...but for my first try at his books I was impressed. It is based on a true story, which made it even more interesting to read. I was engrossed with the cases and really wanted to know what was the fate of the main characters. Looks like I might just try another Grisham novel in the future.”Maiya wrote this review Saturday, February 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“To anyone who enjoys reading all things legal, I recommend this very, very highly. It is gripping, and also very disturbing. I almost stopped reading it midway, but it would do you well to persist.”peregrinus wrote this review Monday, January 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I went to college in Ada, OK, so I was eager to read this book. Even though I recognized landmarks/streets in the novel (and that alone made it rather interesting), and it's a genre I generally gravitate toward (mystery), I had a hard time getting through this book. I found it rather slow. ”Mrs. K wrote this review Thursday, December 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Listened to this on audio but got bored about halfway through, couldn't keep track of the characters.”Vanessa S wrote this review Wednesday, December 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read recommended by Gloria Alvarez. Scary insight into how the justice system doesn't always work.”cactuspetal wrote this review Thursday, December 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3 star”Bill W wrote this review Saturday, December 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A book about a man who had serious drug and achocol problems. Which kicked him out of the minor leagues. Then there was a supected murder which he was convicted of. He spend years in jail trying to prove his innocents.”luke branson wrote this review Wednesday, December 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No