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A guy is just days away from execution in Texas when someone else confesses to a Lutheran minister that he is the real killer. What to do and how to accomplish it, is there time, and does anyone care anymore? In Texas, what the officials really cared about was chalking up another successful execution, and not much more.
There are a couple good guys working to pull off a last minute save, the requisite heroes of the novel; and since they were sharing that status here, I don't think Grisham fleshed them out fully enough for me. Always great to read a very straight-forward, concise rendering of a legal case--just a very good story--that would make sense to anyone choosing to read it. This author never fails me. Jan 01, James Thane rated it really liked it Shelves: In The Appeal , John Grisham took on the important issue of electing state judges and allowing them to collect huge campaign contributions from people and institutions who might have business before the courts to which they are elected.
Now, in The Confession , he takes on an even more important issue in the death penalty. Keith Schroeder, a Lutheran minister in Kansas, is working in his study one morning when Travis Boyette, a career criminal currently out on parole and residing in a local half-wa In The Appeal , John Grisham took on the important issue of electing state judges and allowing them to collect huge campaign contributions from people and institutions who might have business before the courts to which they are elected. Keith Schroeder, a Lutheran minister in Kansas, is working in his study one morning when Travis Boyette, a career criminal currently out on parole and residing in a local half-way house, asks to see him.
Boyette had attended services at Schroeder's church the previous Sunday and had been impressed by the minister's sermon on forgiveness. Boyette claims to be suffering from a terminal illness and has something that he'd like to get off his chest before he shuffles off into that long good night. He's decided that Keith is the man to hear his confession. Boyette claims that nine years earlier, he had kidnapped, raped and murdered Nicole Yarber, a popular high school cheerleader in the small town of Sloan, Texas.
He left Texas shortly thereafter and then was arrested, convicted and imprisoned for a subsequent crime. In the meantime, officials in Sloan arrested a young black man, Donte Drumm, a classmate of Nicole's, who confessed to the murder that Boyette claims to have committed. Complicating matters is that fact that Nicole's body was never recovered. Donte Drumm quickly repudiated his confession, claiming that it had been coerced.
He was defended by a bulldog of an attorney, Robbie Flak. But in spite of all of Flak's efforts and in spite of the fact that there was no body and no proof that Nicole was even dead, a judge and jury convicted Drumm of the killing on the basis of his confession and sentenced him to death. For the last nine years, Flak has done everything possible to delay the execution, but all of Donte's appeals have been exhausted and he is scheduled to die within days. After his confession to Keith Schroeder, Boyette suggests that he might be willing to go to Texas and tell his story in the hope of saving Donte.
But then again, maybe he wouldn't. He vacillates back and forth while the minister attempts to determine whether Boyette is telling the truth or if he is just another one of the nutcases or publicity seekers who turn up on such occasions looking for their fifteen minutes in the limelight. The story takes off from that point as the clock rapidly ticks down toward Donte Drumm's execution, and as the story progresses, the reader gets a vivid look at the death penalty and the machinery by which it operates, especially in the state of Texas, which executes far more people than any other state in the Union.
Irrespective of how one might feel about the issue, this book is bound to provoke some soul-searching on the matter. In truth, while this is a very good book, it does lag at some points. Grisham obviously feels strongly about this issue and he sometimes overloads the reader with a bit too much detail and slows the momentum of the story.
Some of the characters are also a bit one-dimensional in service of the argument that Grisham wants to make. Still it's a compelling story and once it grabs your attention, you're likely to keep reading well into the day or night in order to see the conclusion. Apr 23, Pamela rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one at all. There was so much wrong with this book, and so little right with it that it's difficult to find a place to start the review.
Although I am anti-death penalty and liberal and should have been Grisham's chosen choir to preach to, I couldn't finish the thing. It was beyond ridiculous. Every character on the defendant's side was good. All the others--even the victim's mother--were horribly, horribly bad. Mother of the victim blubbers when she cries. When mother of defendant cries, her "tear There was so much wrong with this book, and so little right with it that it's difficult to find a place to start the review.
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When mother of defendant cries, her "tears fall like gentle rain". This was bad enough, but when added to the fact that not a single one of the characters had any depth or dimension, it would have been laughable if it weren't so pathetic. The plotting was contrived and convuluted. You didn't know what was going to happen next because none of it made any sense. Minister drives as fast as he can. Later it is revealed that the lawyer has access to a private plane.
Grisham didn't bother to give different voices to his characters.
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He basically used one voice for the baddies and one voice for the goodies. The result is that the defendant used the same words and sounded exactly like the lawyer, and the governor sounded like the detective. Minutes and minutes pages and pages of nothing but ranting and raving about how terrible the death penalty is. Grisham, does the phrase show don't tell ring a bell? One thing I did learn from this book is that I will not be reading any more Grisham ever again. Un esempio qui sotto, l'inizio del Cap. Ve lo dico io: Al terzo piano del St Francis Hospital, Mrs Aurelia Lindmar si stava riprendendo da un intervento alla cistifellea e si sentiva piuttosto bene.
La Nota dell'Autore a fine libro si commenta da sola: Alcuni lettori oltremodo attenti potranno forse rilevare un paio di punti apparentemente erronei e prendere in considerazione l'idea di scrivermi per segnalarmeli. Che risparmino la carta. Jul 29, Chase rated it really liked it. Another well-written Grisham novel. This one covers the suspenseful hours potentially leading up a man's execution in East Texas during which time we see if the true murderer, the pastor escorting him and the convicted man's defense attorney can convince the authorities they have the wrong man.
Although it is darker in subject matter than most of his work including a brutal murder, wrongful conviction and looming execution , the book is full of the typical Grisham characters including powerful Another well-written Grisham novel. Although it is darker in subject matter than most of his work including a brutal murder, wrongful conviction and looming execution , the book is full of the typical Grisham characters including powerful villains spinning a web of conspiracy versus an spunky team of underdog heroes risking it all in the fight for justice.
It became readily apparent to me that Grisham wanted to convince the reader of the inhumanity of capital punishment and I tend to agree, which perhaps made the novel more palatable for me. Regardless of the author's social agenda, however, Grisham is a gifted storyteller who creates incredibly believable and gripping novels. This story was particularly compelling since it seems as if it could very well occur today although admittedly in a less heart-pounding and climactic version.
Mar 18, Natalie Vellacott rated it liked it Shelves: It's sad that this isn't the focus of this book as Grisham once again uses his popularity as a platform for his anti-capital punishment views. Oh, and to highlight racist attitudes within the judicial system.
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This time, we have a convicted murderer on death row awaiting his fate. The victim's body has never been found, but that isn't a problem in "Death is death and in the end nothing else matters except your relationship with God. The victim's body has never been found, but that isn't a problem in Texas as the lad is clearly guilty. After all, he confessed. He seems to know a lot of details and offers to lead authorities to the location of the body.
Will anyone take him seriously this long after the crime or will they execute an innocent man? The first half of this book was interesting but it became somewhat repetitive and tedious after that. I wanted some twists and turns and less predictability, but sadly it wasn't to be. There was the usual amount of profanity; not a lot but it was there.
There were details of murder and some sexual detail but I don't recall anything overly graphic. I guess the moral of this story is that your conscience will eat away at you if there are skeletons in your closet. Boyette thought he had gotten away with murder, and in reality he had because another man was awaiting execution for the crime. However, we will all have to answer to God for our crimes in the end; to escape justice here on earth means nothing in the eyes of the Ultimate Judge who sees everything and will repay.
Boyette's conscience began to bother him as he realised he might be dying and he determined to try and put things right. Living with a troubled conscience isn't much fun as most of us can testify! There are better Grisham books, but this is worth a read. Check out my John Grisham Shelf! Dec 07, Asha Seth rated it did not like it Recommends it for: An innocent man is about to be executed.
But this never happened! The innocent guy gets mercilessly executed while the criminal is still on the loose, hiding away. Painfully with tear-brimming eyes, I braced and watched I could feel it Donte getting executed, for nothing, spending eve An innocent man is about to be executed. Painfully with tear-brimming eyes, I braced and watched I could feel it Donte getting executed, for nothing, spending every aching moment that someone, anyone will stop it from happening.
Needless to say, I plunged into The Confession with similar high hopes but was terribly disappointment. Travis Boyette is a racial criminal. In , in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. But that is exactly what didn't happen. I prayed with tight shut eyes, with all the courage to see Donte saved. But it never happened. He was so cruelly executed, it would've melted Hitler's heart.
I couldn't stop my tears from taking a continuous flow. I waited for that one miracle which never happened. And post Donte's execution I never had the heart to continue reading the book. So I abandoned it.
Only to pick it up a year later to finish it. All through the plot, it was as though Grisham was struggling to link pieces together. The story was heading from one-no-meaning-point to another, leaving me as irritated as ever. Grisham seemed to be impressed with Boyette's character and too caught up with his brain tumor which made it seem as though he almost begged sympathy for Boyette from his readers which was just appalling. I couldn't really appreciate Grisham's efforts to make his lawyer seem to be trying to turn ever stone and pebble to save his innocent client. The book was a real drag or maybe I was just too absorbed with Donte's execution that I saw no point in the latter part of the story.
I mean, okay, we know that is what happens in real-life crime cases. Almost always, innocent people are dragged and made to pay for someone else's crime. The criminal is always one who has such high-level influences that it is almost impossible to get him. And then of course there are legal hurdles and the doings of top-level officers and politicians and society-rankers. But, wasn't there supposed to be some turn, some hopeful twist to keep the reader glued to the tale?
As for the plot, I felt it was quite average and downright predictable which lacked the taste of Grisham crime thrillers. I am confused whether the book was okay or below that since there were a lot of areas that made me hate it totally. For example the poorly portrayed characters, a lot of degrading racial politics, the futile efforts to bring justice in the post-execution part etc. Now, reading the synopsis gave me an idea that it was perhaps, a fast-paced book but it was not.
It actually just dragged and the story could've have been well covered in mere some pages. I can keep going on and on like this forever if you asked me to.
But let me stop it as I cannot really put it in words how much I hated this book. At the end of it, I felt Grisham was really just stretching himself too far to bring out another best-seller and with the quality which is highly differing that his actual self and some honest reviews those who've rated it 5 stars I guess have been just too modest , it is evident he clearly failed. Surprising, it was to see many readers have rated it 5 stars.
Makes me think, did I miss a catch in the story? I don't think so! Considering the book has received mixed responses, some have thoroughly liked it and some; like me, absolutely detest it. So whether you'd like it or otherwise, is an ambiguous matter purely based on your taste. Jan 20, J rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a story about a serial sex offender whose life is allegedly coming to an end because of an inoperable brain tumor.
His confession, which could exonerate a young black man - erroneously accused, convicted and doomed to die in Huntsville, Texas - comes too late. Here is what the book made me think about: When we are young, it makes sense to see the world in rather absolute terms. Because our experiences are limited, we rely on quick, easy answers as a matter of survival.
Consequences are measured and decisions are weighted. The greater good is balanced against personal gain and self-preservation. Adult decision-making is a matter of pragmatism versus dogma and reality versus the ideal. With age comes experience whose continual ebbs and flows slowly soften the boundaries between right and wrong.
Our absolutist world segues into the realm where shades of gray predominate. The anticipation of youth molts into the reminiscence of maturity, a longing for a simpler time. Never is it so apparent than when we are facing times of crisis. Intuitively, we understand that when facing calamity, we ought to slow down. Experience tells us trying times are when reason ought to prevail. Sadly, something about the Human condition prevents such rationality and reliance upon logic. Despite how irrational it may be, in a world that seems ever unwinding and deteriorating - especially in times of stress and deep emotional turmoil — the quickest, the most definitive - the most sought answer lies in simplicity.
And, that is where our problems begin. As a civilized society, our obvious remedy is to dole out justice through legally accepted venues. We have developed a legal system of codified laws prescribing punishment for breaking the law from the most mundane of offenses to the extreme. Understandably - with an eye focused on religion for guidance - we seek a means of how exactly to mete out that justice fairly, equitably and without prejudice.
Taking of a Human life is a serious matter and arguments based on religiosity carry great sway over how we - as a society - deal with lethal Human transgressions via state-sanctioned execution. Now, if the media is to be believed, violence is rampant in America. There is little doubt that they have a powerful influence over the collective consciousness of those who tune in for the news coverage. It seems like there is no limit on just how cruel - even vicious - Humans can behave toward one another.
Now I am not solely accusing 'the media' of perpetrating mass hysteria. There is a need and there is a need to feed. This symbiosis plays itself out on a more practical concern. America is enthralled with violence. We can't get enough of it. Indeed, crime does pay. We love the 'shock and awe. Perhaps I am giving into my own reminiscences here but nowadays, there seems to be a great void in leadership both politically and in houses of worship. I am not only talking about American society. It is being played out all over the planet.
Humanity throughout the world - owing to the maladies of emotionally driven responses, swathed in religiosity - account for the more predictable Human condition where vengeance and fear take precedence over rationality, compassion and forgiveness. We opt for the immediate - the dramatic.
The Confession - John Grisham
Personally, I fail to draw any clear distinction between the Sarah Palins and the Muqtada al Sadrs of the world - well maybe Sarah is right - the difference comes down to lipstick I am convinced that is precisely why Cable News and Faux news networks have become so popular: Like snacks, the messages being proffered for complex, difficult issues the solutions are filling, even tasty but completely lacking in nutritional value.
Grisham weaves a decent story that reveals less-than-honest ambitions and motivations of key players in the process of pursuing justice. The second story carries larger implications; society is the ultimate victim, and ironically, the perpetrator, the second killer. I suppose the most disturbing part of this story is how, through legal processes and religious appropriation, something as sacred and high-minded as justice can be meted out so rationally and, with so much slight-of-hand.
In order for society to move forward, it does so with a conventionality of thought and unquestioned respect for a process that everyone assumes is working flawlessly and free of the taint of personal agendas. This is a story about process rum amok. The Confession explores the motivations of killers, how they differ individually and how they share a certain commonality. It is an exploration of how the individual offense touches off a cascade of events where posterity reveals, we collectively become killers.
The characteristic ideal of blind justice is usurped through winks, blinks, nods and squints; it is anything but just. Capital punishment is something I do not agree with for reasons philosophical, religious, spiritual, moral and even fiscal considerations. I understand that such a stance nowadays is unpopular because, contrary to exhaustive research, swift and terrible punishment is popularly perceived to be a powerful deterrent for would-be rapists and murderers.
Violence is infectious, it is self-perpetuating. Its beginnings are almost imperceptible. However, once seeded, it lies in wait - like some inoculated virus awaiting the right conditions to manifest itself. It wears many masks - some brutal and others cloaked in righteousness. But, let's not deceive ourselves; it is still violence. Robbie Flak is right to be angry just as society is right to be upset at the violence perpetrated upon the innocent. But, we can never forget that - with rare exception - society's monsters are often a product of their environment just as the self-righteous and the indignant are.
People who feel powerless relish it wherever and whenever they happen upon it and its intoxicating effects are difficult to restrain, confine or relinquish. Perhaps that is the greatest reason we need to be reminded that we are all connected. I haven't read all of Grisham's books. I have read the latter and I did like it, despite the ending.