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The Innocent Man
The Innocent Man | John Grisham
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the vein of Serial and Making a Murderer, John Grishams first work of nonfiction will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, its a book no American can afford to miss. In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Rons home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to deathin a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a mans already broken life, and let a true killer go free. Praise for The Innocent Man Grisham has written both an American tragedy and his strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.Entertainment Weekly Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.The Boston Globe A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.Time A triumph.The Seattle Times BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grishams The Litigators.
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marleed
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Oh goodness. This book is frightening, perhaps not in the typical Halloween definition, but frightening nonetheless - and heartbreaking. Now I must watch the Netflix movie.

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JenDR
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Time for a new lunch break book, I took my previous one home to finish last weekend. I am excited to see how John Grisham tackles non-fiction.

ljuliel My favorite Grisham book. Wish he‘d write more true crime, but I saw an interview he did where he said he‘d never write another true crime book. This one is o good. 1mo
JenDR @ljuliel - I finally finished this book. It was good. I wish he would write more true crime as well. 2w
ljuliel I‘m glad you liked it. I like the cover on that one. I‘ve only ever seen the all black one. 2w
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Sapphire666
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Started slow and thought I‘d have to give up, but soon I was so into it, stayed up til 5am to finish it.

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LiterarySloth
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It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read a book that caused so many emotions. Pardon my language but holy shit. I was actually a little teary-eyed by the time I finished it. And I read it in TWO days, while at work in between phone calls. It‘s such a compelling book. What these men went through was just awful. I‘ll say right now that this is my favorite book I‘ve read all year. I really don‘t think much else can come close.

⭐️: 5/5

vivastory The Netflix series is interesting 3mo
ljuliel If you haven‘t read it, try this one. It takes place in the same town I think.... it‘s very infuriating , but so good. 1mo
LiterarySloth @ljuliel I actually think I bought that one recently 1mo
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LiterarySloth
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This photo is heartbreaking. Ron Williamson was only 51 when he died.

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LiterarySloth
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I still haven‘t received Mindhunter in the mail, so I‘m going to read this one. I haven‘t seen the Netflix special for it yet; but I definitely will after reading it. I‘m almost finished with Mindhunter (the show). If you haven‘t watched it, do! It‘s so good!

📖: 38/52

ljuliel After you read this, if the area and subject interests you, try this book , as it is set in the same town and is mentioned for a short time in the Grisham book. It‘s very good ! 3mo
LiterarySloth @ljuliel thanks! I‘ll check it out 3mo
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gradcat
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#MayMovieMagic

(Day 25 - #Vindicated)

*A lot of you have probably read this book, which Netflix has turned into a six-part series. If not, I recommend it highly—it‘s Grisham‘s only nonfiction book—though it‘s not particularly pretty. Williamson, unfortunately, died a mere five years after his release.
Pictured from top left (clockwise): John Grisham; founders of the Innocence Project (aided in Williamson‘s exoneration); Netflix promo; the book.

Cinfhen Ohhh, didn‘t know this was a Netflix series!!!! 6mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Yes, it hasn‘t been out too long. I‘ve not watched it yet, but I did read the book. I‘m home alone today bingeing this crazy Netflix show called “What/If.” Renee Zellweger stars in it, and it is weird! Haven‘t decided yet if it‘s weird good or weird bad, but it‘s sucked me in. I won‘t get any reading done at this rate! 6mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t done a Netflix binge in several weeks. I tend to watch in waves 6mo
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rohit-sawant Adding this to my watchlist! 🙌🏼 6mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Same here. Sorry—I probably overshared—didn‘t mean to go on like that. I think I was just in the throes of that crazy show! 😂 6mo
gradcat @rohit-sawant I assume you mean “The Innocent Man,” and not “What/If?!?!” 😂 6mo
Cinfhen Nope...you didn‘t overshare...I completely get where you‘re coming from.... 6mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Thanks for absolving me! 😂 6mo
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Drocchio03
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Compulsively readable true crime about two murders in a small town and the miscarriages of justice that allowed for innocent men to be imprisoned, with one headed to death row. First half leading up to the trial was a bit slower; second half moved quickly, though it was a bit difficult to keep all the different players in the story straight. Overall, very much a pick.

#nonfiction2019
#somethingaboutsurvival
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds intriguing! 6mo
Drocchio03 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was so good. I now have to binge watch the Netflix series! 6mo
Kaye If you‘re interested, there was another book about a different murder that occurred in this same town around the same time. It‘s very good ! 6mo
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stacybmartin My lab does a lot of work with the Innocence Projects (particularly Ohio‘s) - it‘s very inspirational. You should check out 6mo
Drocchio03 @Kaye Thanks for recommendation. Dreams is mentioned and Grisham covers (to a lesser extent) the kidnapping/murder on which it‘s focused. I plan to check it out! 6mo
Drocchio03 @stacybmartin Thanks for the recommendation. Your work must be very interesting - and rewarding. 6mo
MrBook Added! 6mo
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Drocchio03
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Proving to be a terrifying read illustrating our (in)justice system. #maymadness #booktomovie @Clwojick @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid

Kaye Excellent book. I wish he‘d write more true crime, but don‘t think it‘ll happen. I heard him on an interview, say that he‘d never write another true crime because it‘s the hardest he‘s ever had to work on a book, because you have to interview people and do so much background research and make sure everything is truthful and exact . He prefers fiction so he can make things up and they won‘t have to be strictly facts. 7mo
Drocchio03 @Kaye Interesting. I wonder if he would feel differently if he approached the matter from another angle. Having just come off of Midnight of the Garden...I would guess that author felt as if the book wrote itself. But when you focus on legal proceedings vs a colourful array of characters (and have a more stringent commitment to the truth) - the process for Grisham was much more gruelling. 7mo
Kaye @Drocchio03 I‘m not sure. From the interviews I‘ve heard Grisham do, he seems like he‘d want to do everything exactly perfect if he were writing nonfiction, not making any errors. I think it might be hard for him to write in the same manner as Berendt did. I really enjoyed both books , but I‘m partial to true crime so I like most of them. 👍🏼 7mo
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Drocchio03
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Plan is to dive into this, if I can (a) be strong and avoid the inflight entertainment and (b) stay awake!

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MolliesaurusRex
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Tried posting this last night but Litsy was being weird, but my weighted blanket came in the mail yesterday so I spent my evening reading all snuggled up underneath it.😊❤️ #cozyreads #cozyreading

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MolliesaurusRex
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Enjoying some true crime & the first fire in our house!🔥🔥🔥

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Victoriahoperose
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This was very well researched and well written. The author really shows a passion for this story and the topic. I found it to be very interesting and definitely want to watch the Netflix original now!

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racheleileen25
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I'm on a roll lately. Keeping it going with another True Crime pick. 🧐☠😱

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swishandflick
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Yes!! I've been in a bit of an audiobook slump lately, nothing has really kept my attention. But something tells me this #truecrime library hold that just came through might be what breaks it! 👏🏽

toofondofbooks There's a documentary on Netflix based on this that's really good 8mo
swishandflick @toofondofbooks Yes! I started to watch and then put a hold on the book first 😄 8mo
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whats
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Incredibly sad real story of a man wrongly convicted to death room for a crime he didn't commit. One of the greatest examples of why I'm not in favor of death row.

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Finally finished this. It definitely shouldn't have taken me a week to finish 350 pages. This book was a hard read in many ways. The content is heavy with Ron Williamson's mental illness. It weighs heavy on you in the way he was treated by everyone involved in his case. It was also a hard read bc of Grisham's flow. He couldn't decide how he wanted to reference Dennis Fritz. He switched back and forth between both names frequently. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

WhatThePuck It felt like he was slogging his way threw some thick mud and he could finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I've only read one other Grisham novel before so I'm not very familiar with his writing style at all. 3.5/5⭐ 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz My dad read this and he thought it was so-so too 9mo
WhatThePuck @Jee_HookedOnBookz I feel like it was written like a power point presentation and less like a true crime novel. 9mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Maybe he just wanted to get the book over and done with😣🤷‍♀️ 9mo
Bookdragon69 I haven‘t read this but I also greatly dislike when an author jumps from first name to last name, throughout a story. 😕 9mo
WhatThePuck @Bookdragon69 he did it in a 2 sentence paragraph. The first sentence was last name the 2 sentence was first name. It's why it became so confusing. 9mo
CourtSmall Didn't even know about this book, I watched the Netflix Show as it came up as a suggestion and that wasn't bad. 9mo
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WhatThePuck
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I watched this on Netflix and then decided to pick up the book. With each new paragraph about Ron Williamson my heart breaks a little more. His mental health decline is covered thoroughly in Grisham's book. The docuseries mentions it a few times, but not to this extent.

Stephuhhnieee I‘ve been watching this for the past couple of hours!! Had no clue Grisham did a book on it...The whole case beyond craziness. Can‘t wait to read it! 9mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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"God help us, if ever in this great country we turn our heads while those who have not had fair trials are executed. That almost happened in this case."

This was an incredible true story that happened in a town less than 3 hours from me. I'm so glad for organizations like The Innocence Project and Amnesty International. I also can't believe that the DA didn't lose his job over such a disgusting misappropriation of his power.

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Wow! Pick this up before you watch the Netflix show!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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I can't rate the book, but I can surely tell you that the Netflix series is fascinating and intriguing and infuriating. Everyone should watch it.

madamereadsalot1 I just binge watched this last night! It was really good, really heartbreaking. I actually remember the retrial in '99. 11mo
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swishandflick
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I haven't read John Graham's only nonfiction book, but was completely absorbed by the new Netflix docuseries based on it! An addictive, chilling watch for true crime fans looking for a "making a murderer" fix. Anyone else checked it out?

PS: I've been a bit MIA lately and having a hard time focusing on a book. True crime shows/podcasts aren't really helping my anxiety, but strangely enough are all that I can seem to focus on right now!

Bookladylinda I keep thinking that I need to get Netflix for all of the Netflix shows that keep popping up. 11mo
Avanders Hope your anxiety eases 🤗🤗 11mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ve added it to my list but I haven‘t watched it yet. And I know exactly what you mean about the anxiety - when I‘m feeling particularly anxious I just want to read detective novels about murder and mayhem. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I hope it eases its grip soon. ❤️ 11mo
eanderson I started watching it! Pretty good!!! I understand with the anxiety. I really hope it eases up for you very soon! (edited) 11mo
whatsthEStorey This is on my Netflix list too! I almost exclusively watch and read violent, suspenseful novels & true crime in periods of high anxiety. I have for years. My theory is that it gives all that anxiety a different focus and normalizes it a little. It feels a lot better to be anxious about a book I‘m reading than whatever is going on in my real life! I consider it a coping skill! 11mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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There is a 6 month+ wait on both the ebook and audiobook version of this! I'll cancel whichever comes in last, but for now, I put holds on both options.

Scurvygirl What! There was 2 people waiting for ebook in my area but several books were available, I really wanted it for my vacation time. That‘s crazy! 11mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Scurvygirl there were only 2 copies of each version through my library system, and everybody wants to read/listen to it! 11mo
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A true crime masterpiece. I was hooked from the very beginning of this story with John Grisham‘s impeccable details and captivating storytelling. This gripping tale spans decades and kept my attention the entire time! I highly recommend it before checking out the new docuseries on Netflix.

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"We just don‘t expect the police to play dirty. It‘s all about winning. And along the way, if the truth gets blurred or twisted, that‘s too bad.” Grisham's only nonfiction book will have you questioning your beliefs about the death penalty & U.S. justice system. As timely & important as when first published in 2006, it's been adapted by NetFlix into a 6-part documentary. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Full review: https://tinyurl.com/ybarrqgc

TheBookStacker There‘s a Netflix show of this book now 11mo
JHSiess @TheBookStacker Yes, it's quite good! Watched it last night. 11mo
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I won't lie, I picked up this book to read with the idea that it was part of my book purge project. By the end of it, my opinion had changed! Because it's a true crime novel and because of what I do for a living, I didn't believe I would enjoy it as much as fiction or that it wouldn't leave a lasting impression, and I was wrong.

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emilycoc
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Another Grisham read up next for me! This is his first nonfiction (which I've already read, of course), but it reads like his works of fiction! Looking forward to digging into this again.

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Melissa_J
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I think if Ron Williamson had been a rich man, the outcome of his case might have been very different. Instead, he was shuffled through the Justice System without the resources to ensure he had an adequate defence. #ifiwerearichman #melodiousmusicals

Has anyone else read this? I thought it was excellent.

Andrew65 I couldn't agree with you more Melissa, I found myself getting annoyed at times when I was reading this. 2y
Karkar I agree as well! It is really sad the difference between what can happen if you have money verses having none. 2y
CrowCAH Haven‘t read, but it sounds like an interesting critique on our justice system and how the rich get off with a light sentence. 2y
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NatalieR
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I finally got around to reading this book. I ❤️ John Grisham and true crime, so this was a perfect combination. A very sad and heartbreaking story about wrong men being convicted of a murder they did not commit. Highly recommend!

bobregina Wow 😍 2y
Kaye Really good book. 🌸 If you‘re interested, and have yet to read it, pick up 2y
NatalieR @Kaye Thanks for the recommendation! I‘ll check it out. 🙂 2y
Kaye @NatalieR The reason I mentioned it is that both books take place in the same general area... is one of my favorite true crime books..I believe Grisham mentions the case in the book you just read. Enjoy. 🙂 2y
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Blueberry
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Reading what happens to the four young men in this true - crime story was horrible. A travesty. It drove me to Google to read up on the Innocent Project.
(Sorry for that irrating flash reflection)

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hart85
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Who really was into this book

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Kay123
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Loved the story. Hated reading it. Reading this book was hard and slightly excruciating. Finishing it was a relief, and looking back the story was really great, but it was just....told. Dry and slow. 😑

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catatonic1242
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A sad and frustrating tale, told competently yet excruciatingly slowly by Grisham. The pace picks up in the second half, but the first hundred pages or so were a trudge.

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MandaRie
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Wow! A disturbing look at the American justice system. Reminiscent of Serial or Making if a Murderer. While the narrator wasn't the best, the story was still impeccable. 4/5