The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

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Random House Publishing Group, 2012 - Social Science - 435 pages
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In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron's home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man's already broken life, and let a true killer go free.

Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, John Grisham's first work of nonfiction reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence—a book no American can afford to miss.

 

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User Review  - sparkleandchico - LibraryThing

I always feel a little guilty when starting a Grisham book as I know I will still be reading ten hours later...but at least this one is a true story so I feel like I learned something. The author is ... Read full review

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I listened to this book on CD and would recommend that it be read rather than listened to. Although the story is good and is nonfiction, there is almost no dialog in the book, which makes it drone ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
24
Section 3
54
Section 4
72
Section 5
99
Section 6
122
Section 7
158
Section 8
194
Section 12
302
Section 13
325
Section 14
348
Section 15
374
Section 16
394
Section 17
421
Section 18
429
Section 19
441

Section 9
229
Section 10
259
Section 11
287
Section 20
442
Section 21
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About the author (2012)

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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