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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES “Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—Entertainment Weekly 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 Ron’s 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 death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, The Innocent Man reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss. Praise for The Innocent Man “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 Grisham’s The Litigators.
Over 200 million Americans disbelieve the Warren Commission Report's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone, demented gunman. T. Mack Durham's suspense thriller reveals the identities of those with a motive to kill JFK. Based upon historically factual evidence.
One of the Best Books of 2017: National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness "Remarkable . . . Captivating . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller." --New York Times Book Review "A gripping legal-thriller mystery . . . Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights--to where innocent lives are saved." --USA Today "A crisply written page turner." --NPR A gripping account of one man's long road to freedom that will forever change how we understand our criminal justice system During the last three decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform. When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission--unprecedented at its inception in 2006--remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations. With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption.
Two hundred twelve years is a long time. In the past 212 years, the automobile and the Internet were invented, two world wars were fought, and America separated and reunited once again. Two hundred twelve years was the sentence Dr. Ray Spencer was looking at when he entered prison. This would be a significant burden for anyone, but for Spencer, it was unbearable. He had received this sentence for a crime he did not commit. He would be locked up until the end of his life for absolutely no just reason. Worse still, Spencer was a law-enforcement officer. He would immediately be targeted by other prisoners for his perceived ties to the system that was punishing them all. Rather than ask to be placed in protective custody, Spencer chose to remain with the general population. For the next twenty years, he hid his law-enforcement identity from the other inmates. Spending every day fearing for his life, Spencer recalls in Memoirs of an Innocent Man the many near misses, outrages, and surprises of daily prison life. Can he get away with the deception forever? Find out in this shocking memoir with an absolutely unforgettable ending.
An Innocent Man’s Revenge Sentenced to fifteen years for a crime that he didn’t commit, betrayed and abandoned by everyone he loved, Dwayne Johnson was released seven years later when his innocence was discovered. He was falsely accused by the alleged victims, set up by friends, and maliciously prosecuted by those entrusted to uphold the law. He lost everything. Fueled with hate and fury after losing his son to this injustice, Dwayne seeks revenge on all involved in ruining his life. He embarks on a murderous rampage, forced to kill the wife of one of his unexpectant victims, unaware that she was the daughter of a crooked ex-detective. This is the same detective, Richards, who was forced into early retirement for shooting the man that allegedly killed his wife. Back in active duty, Richards has new plans for himself ... vengeance! He vigorously hunts Dwayne. Even with bodies turning up and linking to each other, Dwayne manages to evade authorities, staying two steps ahead of them at all times. That is until an unexpected, but deeply wanted love, leaves Dwayne confused, lost, and trapped as these two strangers’ worlds are merged into one similar reality! With a trial scene to die for, this book does more than just hold readers. It involves them emotionally, making it impossible to put down.
Jameel McGee: “For the next three years not a day went by that I didn’t think about my son who I had never seen and the cop who had kept me from him. And for most of those three years I promised myself that if I ever saw this cop again, I was going to kill him. I intended to keep that promise.” Andrew Collins: “I watched this angry man march through a crowd, a little boy and another man struggling to keep up with him....The man walked straight up to me, stopped, and stuck out his hand. I took it. “Remember me?” he asked in a tone that sounded more like a threat than a question. Somehow, a name came to me. ‘Jameel McGee,’ I replied.” It reads like a gripping crime novel…except this story really happened. Racial tensions had long simmered in Benton Harbor, a small city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, before the day a white narcotics officer--more focused on arrests than justice—set his sights on an innocent black man. But when officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for possession of crack cocaine, the surprising result was not a race riot but a transformative journey for both men. Falsely convicted, McGee spent three years in federal prison. Collins also went to prison a few years later for falsifying police reports. While behind bars, the faith of both men deepened. But the story took its most unexpected turn once they were released--when their lives collided again in a moment brimming with mistrust and anger. The two were on a collision course—not to violence—but forgiveness. As current as today’s headlines, this explosive true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation.