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The Confession - A Novel

John Grisham

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. 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 in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man? From the Hardcover edition.

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. 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 in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man? From the Hardcover edition.
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An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. 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 in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man? From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Sowers

Length:

14h 33m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:37


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

25:59


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

17:56


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

18:54


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

22:14


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

26:21


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

27:05


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

33:03


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

26:01


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

18:20


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

21:26


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

15:20


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

14:45


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

25:02


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

16:12


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

23:07


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

27:10


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

21:33


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

19:58


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

19:17


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

21:14


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

24:03


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

17:19


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

28:29


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

23:12


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

25:22


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

18:48


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

22:44


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

20:49


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

13:13


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

29:56


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

13:46


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

15:17


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

16:12


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

20:07


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

12:44


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

15:19


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

17:46


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

14:21


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

19:57


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

13:50


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

15:22


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

13:45


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

06:30


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

12:23


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

00:55