Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Confession by John Grisham
Book: The Confession
Author: John Grisham
Recommended To: Law fans, John Grisham Fans, Confessors.
The Confession is John Grisham's latest book. I waited forever for it on paperbackswap and it took me an entire week to finish it because my commute is extremely short, which means I get through about 8 pages and then have to quit. Taking the fast train is not boding well for my blog.
This book follows the fictional story of Donte Drumm a high school football hero who is convicted of murder and sent to death row. The story opens with the real killer contacting a Keith, a Lutheran Minister and confessing to the crime. That confession spurs a frantic dash to Texas to stop the Drumm execution before it takes place
This story is very well done. It is Grisham's first about the death penalty, I believe, and he captures some incredible detail about an inmate's struggle in solitary confinement, the tortuous last days and hours leading up to an execution, the appeals process, and the racial tension surrounding the death penalty.
I love how Grisham writes. He wraps up every single story line at the end of the book and his writing is fact based. He includes some emotion, but for the most part, he writes like a lawyer. His books are one fact after another. This is quite a bit different from some of the other books I've been reading lately and it was refreshing to know exactly what was going on at all times.
This story was reminiscent of Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean, the nun who befriended a death row inmate and watched him die. Dead Man Walking launched me firmly into the anti-death penalty camp, (if I wasn't there already), and as a fictional novel, The Confession has the ability to do much of the same. Grisham casts an evil glow over the proponents of the death penalty and ends up writing a fairly believable and well-written novel. This story is also resonant because of the recent abolition of the death penalty in Illinois by Governor Pat Quinn.
I gave this book a B, it should have been a fast read for me and probably will be for someone with a little more time, it was well -written and it was about a great subject. You should check out this book!