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Selected for Common Reading at Cazenovia College
In 1982, a 21-year-old waitress in Ada, Oklahoma was raped and murdered. For five years the police could not solve the crime. They wound up charging former local baseball star Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz with capital murder. Despite the fact that the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts, Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence, and Williamson was sent to death row.
The Innocent Man is ultimately a fascinating and detailed account of the very real flaws in the criminal justice system, as could only be told by one of today’s leading storytellers–who is also an attorney–John Grisham. A must-read for those interested in law, justice, and bureaucracy.
“A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.” —Time
“A triumph.” —Seattle Times
“Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his best-selling fiction.” —Boston Globe