Monday, January 24, 2011
Almost everyone on Death Row proclaims their innocence and Donte Drumm is no exception. Drumm is a young black man who is only days away from being executed for the rape and murder of a young white woman nine years earlier in Sloan, Texas. Convinced of his innocence, Drumm's legal team is working around the clock appealing his case.
Rev. Keith Schroeder receives a visit from recent parolee Travis Boyette who is living in a halfway house near his church. Seriously ill, Mr. Boyette confesses to the heinous crime in Texas and he has the physical evidence to prove it. Convinced that Drumm is innocent, Schroeder tracks down Boyette and drives him to Texas to meet with Drumm's legal team.
I've been a longtime fan of Grisham's novels, despite the fact that he seemed to be coasting in recent years. THE CONFESSION is not only a well written story, it's also a serious look at the criminal justice system and a social commentary about the death penalty. Grisham will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.