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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:

6h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:38


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:19


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:25


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:05


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:22


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:15


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:40


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:13


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

00:55