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The Innocent Man by John Grisham
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Apr 28, 2008

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bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended to Robin by: my mom
Read in May, 2008

I inherited this book and was surprised to discover it was nonfiction. It is the true story of two innocent men who were convicted on laughable evidence. One was condemned to death row and the other to life imprisonment without parole. This is the story of their conviction and eventual exoneration after twelve years. Grisham knows how to write in a way that keeps the reader turning the pages, but as apalling as it is that such a travesty of justice is, it was heartbreaking but predictable, and in a way Grisham's ease of style did not serve the reader fully entering into the agony of what those long years of trial and encarceration for the two men and their families. We all need to be reminded of how stressed and fallible our justice system is and honor those who fight to correct its mistakes, but this went down a little too easily.

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