The Innocent Man - John Grisham

The Innocent Man

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2006-10-10
  • Genre: True Crime
4 Score: 4 (From 648 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.


  • Very Good

    By OldfashionedMemes
    I had to pick a nonfiction book for school to read and decided on this, it was a great choice! I don’t like reading or nonfiction, but this book is a page-turner that is very engaging!
  • ???

    By K9$$dog LoL
    Again, where is the story. Is it another short story???
  • The Innocent Man

    By ChynahTemptress
    Very Good book, Informative and Compelling from Start to finish.
  • 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