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  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409021551
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

The Confession

The epic new legal thriller from international number one bestselling author John Grisham

An innocent man is days from execution.

Only a guilty man can save him.

Travis Boyette is a murderer. 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 and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sentto death row: his fate had been decided.

Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliver the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what's right. After years of silence he is ready to confess.

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?

  • Pub date: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409021551
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the Author

John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of thirty-five bestselling novels, the international number one non-fiction debut The Innocent Man and a series of short stories entitled Ford County. He lives with his family in Virginia and Mississippi.

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Praise for The Confession

“Grisham has come up with yet another near-flawless plot... ****”


“John Grisham is of course celebrated for his brilliant legal thrillers and in that field he has few equals...If the customary Grisham tension is reined in here rather than screwed up tight as in such books as The Summons, there is the usual storytelling muscle to match the authorial anger that kick-started the novel.”

Barry Forshaw, Daily Express

“The Confession is an airing for the beliefs of the author, but it is also a page-turner. Grisham is careful never to preach ... he never forgets his primary purpose which is to entertain ... Grishamites will find all their buttons pressed.”

Barry Forshaw, Independent

“The Confession is a campaigning novel, attacking the death penalty and a way of doing justice (with a malign nexus of thuggish cops, supine judges and officials elected on promises of being hard on crime) that Texas epitomises ... another engrossing, teeming portrait of the Deep South.”

John Dugdale, Sunday Times

“Grisham's storytelling genius reminds us that when it comes to legal drama, the master is in a league of his own.”

Shari Low, Daily Record

“The format of The Confession may be slow-burn thriller but it is in fact a devastating indictment of so-called justice in the Deep South...This is education and entertainment of the highest order.”

Evening Standard

“Nobody knows the inside of a courtroom and the workings of the legal system like a lawyer. That's what makes John Grisham's legal-based thrillers such gripping reading... A master of his genre, Grisham twists and turns you through the legal minefield of last-minute appeals...”

Press Association, Syndicated review

“Full of suspense, it will have you on tenterhooks reading deep into the night.”


“A masterful storyteller...The Confession stands out as one of the best novels of the year, certainly in this genre, and one of the author's best novels...Brilliant, gripping, superbly written, this is classic Grisham and can stand proudly with the best of his novels.”


“...another great read from Grisham and a welcome return after what seems like a long break.”


“Grisham's The Confession is a masterpiece in suspense. The narrative is taut and has a wonderful flow to it ensuring an enviable pace from beginning to end.”


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