The Innocent Man - John Grisham

The Innocent Man

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2006-10-10
  • Genre: True Crime
4 Score: 4 (From 472 Ratings)


#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.
“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.


  • Fantastic book

    By Treez783
    When I read this book it was hard to put down! Very well written and sad.
  • The Innocent Man

    By Donnie55r
    After reading 16 of John Grisham's fictional books, in the past six weeks, this was an awesome read! I give great credit to the author for his tremendous research. I also give credit to the families involved as well as all the others who were wrongfully convicted. I encourage anybody who believes in the believes in the death penalty to read this book.
  • Court room drama

    By prbreez
    This book is all you can come to expect from John Grisham. Great read!
  • Disappointing Read

    By Lejs1155
    At first the pace of the book made up for the tedium. Eventually, as I kept waiting for the point of the ending, I was just happy happy to have it finally be finished. I would not recommend his book - it's important to The Innocence Project - but not typical of an otherwise good author.
  • Honestly really good!

    By BenjaminSiegel
    It had some "slow" parts in the beginning, but being has how this is a true story, you'll be hooked in no time to see just how things turned out for this innocent man. A must read in my opinion!

    By Lauren612
    One of the best books ever love his series ..... If u like crime and detail John Grisham is the man for you :)
  • What got me into reading his books

    By Zach Hamilton
    This book started it all for me. I love his works. But the reason I'm submitting my review is it seems people are unaware that this IS A TRUE STORY. Knowing that, read it again and you'll see it differently
  • Not good

    By Robquix
    I'm very disappointed in this book. Having read several books by John Grisham, and found them great, this is a major failure! So much crazy and unbelievable police and legal work. It is bizarre to say the least. Maybe the book is a spoof on police and lawyers? I must have missed the humor.
  • An Innocent Man by John Grisham

    By TorieGal
    I find it hard to believe this was written by the same man who wrote all those wonderful books of fiction. Perhaps Mr Grisham got lazy or just writes better using his imagination, because this was amateurish, repetitive and boring.
  • The Innocent Man review

    By B2pears
    It's easy to call for the death penalty in the case of horrendous murders. This book reminded me that only God should be the judge when it comes to deciding who lives and who dies. And if one was not aware of the time period you would think you were reading a story that took place in the 1930s. This highlights how even today justice is not always the result of our legal system. And last, even if only half of what was written about the Oklahoma prison system is true, the state should be ashamed and embarrassed.