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  • Published: 1 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099545798
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

The Confession


An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him.

Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body where it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a black local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row.

Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis also faecs death, suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. At long last, he decides to do what's right. After years of silence, he is ready to confess.

But the law doesn't want to hear it. As far as they're concerned, they've got their man.

So how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that the man they're about to execute is innocent?

  • Pub date: 1 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099545798
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of thirty-five bestselling novels, the international number one non-fiction debut The Innocent Man and a series of short stories entitled Ford County. He lives with his family in Virginia and Mississippi.

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Praise for The Confession

“Grisham has come up with yet another near-flawless plot... ****”


“John Grisham is of course celebrated for his brilliant legal thrillers and in that field he has few equals”

Barry Forshaw, Daily Express

“The Confession is an airing for the beliefs of the author, but it is also a page-turner. Grisham is careful never to preach ... he never forgets his primary purpose which is to entertain ... Grishamites will find all their buttons pressed.”

Barry Forshaw, Independent

“The Confession is a campaigning novel, attacking the death penalty and a way of doing justice (with a malign nexus of thuggish cops, supine judges and officials elected on promises of being hard on crime) that Texas epitomises ... another engrossing, teeming portrait of the Deep South.”

John Dugdale, Sunday Times

“Grisham's storytelling genius reminds us that when it comes to legal drama, the master is in a league of his own.”

Shari Low, Daily Record

“The format of The Confession may be slow-burn thriller but it is in fact a devastating indictment of so-called justice in the Deep South...This is education and entertainment of the highest order.”

Evening Standard

“Nobody knows the inside of a courtroom and the workings of the legal system like a lawyer. That's what makes John Grisham's legal-based thrillers such gripping reading... A master of his genre, Grisham twists and turns you through the legal minefield of last-minute appeals...”

Press Association, Syndicated review

“Full of suspense, it will have you on tenterhooks reading deep into the night.”


“A masterful storyteller...The Confession stands out as one of the best novels of the year, certainly in this genre, and one of the author's best novels...Brilliant, gripping, superbly written, this is classic Grisham and can stand proudly with the best of his novels.”


“...another great read from Grisham and a welcome return after what seems like a long break.”


“Grisham's The Confession is a masterpiece in suspense. The narrative is taut and has a wonderful flow to it ensuring an enviable pace from beginning to end.”


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