Murder and injustice in a small town
Ron Williamson was a star college sportsman in the small town of Ada, Oklahoma. When he left to pursue his dreams he seemed destined for glory. But years of injury, drinking, drugs and women took their toll, and he returned to Ada a lonely drifter.
Soon after his homecoming, a local cocktail waitress was raped and murdered. With no immediate leads, the police worked the case for five years before arresting Williamson and charging him with her murder. Despite no physical evidence, and based largely on the testimony of jailhouse snitches, he was found guilty at trial and sent to death row.
Left to await his fate, Williamson was the only person to know the terrible truth: that an innocent man had been sent on a journey to hell. A journey from which he might never return.
“Like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, The Innocent Man brings a novelist's eye to re-creating a complex chain of events and human reaction surrounding a crime and its aftermath. There are plenty of twists and turns in this tale, but the dominant note is one of compassion for the innocent man.”
“A sincere, readable, lively book that raises important questions”
“At times it is harrowing, but above all, it is a testament to self-belief and the enduring love of his family”
“A work of art...this is a terrible and beautiful book. The terror is in the casual ease with which men, for the meanest of motives, can carelessly condemn another human being to rot from the inside out. The beauty not only lies with Ron Williamson...but also the burning care and respect for his fellow man shown by Grisham, which permeates and warms every page”
“A blistering attack on corrupt politicians, the death penalty and the failures of the judicial system”
The Daily Telegraph
“Truth really is much more complex and interesting than fiction”
The Mail on Sunday
“John Grisham has built his stunning writing career on producing brilliant, fast moving, utterly believable legal thrillers. His 19th book is so harrowing and gruesome. It's true - all of it. Grisham does a spectacular job of portraying the inherent fallibility of the American legal system and the appalling existence of the death penalty”
“A true story told by a skilful and indignant writer. Surely nobody could rad John Grisham's polemic and still be in favour of the death penalty”
“John Grisham's novels are meticulously plotted and beautifully interwoven with his legal experience, evident in his detailed explanations of the judicial system which have always given his fictional work an air of reality and possibility. And this non-fiction account og the trial of Ron Wiliamson is similarly carefully crafted.In fact, you could read this book as a novel if you wanted and it would be equally valid.”
Irish Sunday Independent
“Exactly what you'd expect to find in the plot of a John Grisham novel”
“The trademark Grisham style gives it the feel of a legal thriller, all the more chilling because it is true. A disturbing read”
“A gripping read”