The Confession by John Grisham

Cover of "The Confession: A Novel"
Cover of The Confession: A Novel

In 1998 a Texas high school cheerleader is kidnapped, raped, and killed.  A football player from the same high school is arrested and coerced into confessing to the crime he did not commit.

While the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves for, in their eyes, a job well done, Donte Drumm spends the next nine years on death row.  In Kansas, a career criminal who has been in and out of prisons most of his life  is quite amazed at the stupidity of the law in Texas.  They are going to execute an innocent man for the crime that he, Travis Boyette, committed.

Boyette is  on parole and living in a halfway house and has an inoperable brain tumor.  He now wants to do the right thing and confess to the killing. With only four days to convince the lawyers, judges, and governor of Donte’s innocence and his guilt, Boyette uses his con-man skills to enlist the help of a Lutheran minister.

Grisham writes a fast paced and troubling account of an innocent man robbed of life by the guilty, corrupt, and powerful.