The Confession

A Novel

Publisher: Bantam
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
 
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

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Chapter 1

The custodian at St. Mark’s had just scraped three inches of snow off the sidewalks when the man with the cane appeared. The sun was up, but the winds were howling; the temperature was stuck at the freezing mark. The man wore only a pair of thin dungarees, a summer shirt, well-worn hiking boots,...
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“[A] grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story.”—The Washington Post
 
“[John Grisham] is a master at pacing. . . . The book starts fast and finishes faster.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Packed with tension, legal roadblocks and shocking revelations.”—USA Today
 
“There’s no doubt that Grisham has his finger on the pulse of America.”—Orlando Sentinel