A powerful memoir about exoneration written by a wrongfully convicted man who spent 16 years in solitary confinement and 12 years on death row In the summer of 1992, a grandmother and five children were murdered in Somerville, TX, rocking the tiny community to its core. Authorities were eager to make an arrest, and five days later Anthony Graves was in custody. Graves, then twenty-six years old and without an attorney, was certain that his innocence was obvious. He did not know the victims, had no knowledge of the crime, and had an airtight alibi. Yet, despite a lack of physical evidence linking him to the scene, Graves was indicted, convicted of capital murder, and sentenced to death. Through the eighteen years, two months, and four days he spent in prison or on death row, Graves suffered the whims of rogue prosecutors, vote-hungry district attorneys, and Texas State Rangers who played by their own rules. To maintain his dignity and sanity as fellow inmates and friends were taken to their deaths, Graves wrote letters to whomever he thought would listen. Pen pals in countries all over the world became allies, and he attracted the attention of a savvy legal team that overcame setback after setback to win his exoneration and disbar the original prosecutor on his case. Haunting and poignant, Graves' moving account of his fight for freedom is as shameful to the legal system that betrayed him as it is inspiring to those still searching for justice.
““A well-written, matter-of-fact, inspirational account of how a man prevailed against a criminal justice system that is deeply flawed.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review “[A] skilled and confident narrative. . . It’s [Graves’s] battle to overcome the hidden traumas and loss that makes this such a compelling page-turner.” —Booklist “Powerful . . . No matter your opinion on the merits of capital punishment, the horror Anthony Graves endured will move you to outrage. . . . It is a story you naturally think can’t happen to you. Pray you could maintain Graves’s extreme fortitude and presence of mind if it did.” —Hill Harper, author of Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny “Anthony Graves’s story is one of resilience in the face of injustice. For twelve years, Anthony was silenced and isolated [on death row]. Now he has found his freedom and his voice. Infinite Hope speaks powerfully of the need for reform. By telling his story, Anthony calls on all of us to prevent these injustices from being repeated.” —US Senator Richard J. Durbin “By now, everybody should know there are innocent people on death row. But never before has a book by one of those innocent men conveyed how easily this travesty can come about or the sheer terror these inmates face every hour of every day. Anthony Graves’s haunting memoir does exactly that. Infinite Hope will leave you aghast at the failure of our criminal justice system and in awe at Graves’s dignity and strength in the face of this failure.” —David Dow, author of The Autobiography of an Execution “Charged, convicted, and put on death row for a crime that he did not commit, Anthony Graves experienced all the brutality the criminal process could muster: fabricated evidence, corrupt prosecutors, callous police, indifferent courts. Even in the face of such unimaginable horrors, Graves refused to accept his fate or surrender his humanity. Infinite Hope is an indictment of American criminal law that will rattle you to the core and inspire you to action.” —James Forman Jr., author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America”