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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

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Craig Wasson

12 Hours 30 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2006

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.
“Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—Entertainment Weekly
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, this audio edition of The Innocent Man reads like an edge-of-your-seat legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.
Praise for The Innocent Man
“Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.”—The Boston Globe
“A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.”—Time
“A triumph.”—The Seattle Times

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  • Anonymous

    Great listen

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  • Patty Oole

    To walk this man's journey through the eyes of John Grisham was both inspiring and infuriating. It read like a mystery. Loved!!

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  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the book, although, I was saddened by the behavior of the prosecutor and the investigators. I fear that the results from these types of convictions may be more common than I had previously believed. The narrator did a great job of creating the feeling that I was present in the event.

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  • Marty B.

    I loved this book! I had already watched the Netflix series so I was familiar with the story. But the book of course went into further details of the men convicted and the women who were killed. I will recommend this book to everyone! Also, I love Craig Wasson! He is an excellent narrator! I finished this book in 2 days and was sad when it ended. Loved it!

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  • Kelly Brooks

    I am a big John Grisham fan and this book didn't disappoint. I was also interested to read it because it was a true story. My only complaint is that it was repetitive in parts and was not always sequential when the book would focus on the various people involved. As for the story itself, it truly was unbelievable that the system could fail in so many ways. I listened to this book with my husband who is a retired prosecutor and he was appalled also and couldn't believe some parts were true since federal statutes were not being upheld frequently. Such a sad story.

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  • Jacl

    This book was awesome. I drive all day long and this book had me on edge hanging on to every word. Grisham's best work

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  • Katherine Herrick

    A sad story because it's true, and just another example of how a justice system fails us if it's littered with dishonest, power-greedy officials like the ones Grisham writes about. The only criticism I have with this book is it seemed to go on a little longer than it needed to. I was sort of played out for the last few hours. John Grisham is a very good writer but he's not a great writer in my opinion. The great writers of true crime like Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood") and the latest one I've found Robert Kolker ("Lost Girls"--excellent, I highly recommend it!) are few and far between, but it takes a while after reading them to work my way down to enjoying just a very good author again. They spoil me and make authors like Ann Rule or Danielle Steele virtually impossible to read. The narrator for John Grisham's first non fiction is good in that he doesn't overact or interject inappropriate passion nor is his voice a monotone that can also diminish the enjoyment of an audio book. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Abbey

    I love most of his books, but since this one was a true story it went on and on with just FACTS. No excitement.

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  • betty

    Like others I didn't realize this was based on a true story, but I could believe the injustice. I also come from a small town that has issue with blind justice. To the reader that couldn't finish the book just because of the content, wake up to a reality check.

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  • cheryld503

    i can't possibly say enough about this book. i recommend it to everyone i talk with. it made me so aware of the wrongs in our criminal justice system, and my heart goes out to these people, and their families. what an incredibly horrible experience for everyone concerned. i was so into this book, i almost didn't want it to end. my hat is off to john grisham. thank you for an amazing story.

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