Monday, September 20, 2010

Book Catch Up...

*This is book #14, 15, & 16 for the year. I read two of them while we were in Florida & half of another one. Then, school started, I got sidetracked and just now finished it. I am finally feeling semi-caught up at work and leisure reading may resume! :-)

Real Quick: The two Sydney Sheldon books I read were "The Other Side of Midnight" & "Rage of Angels". The entire time I was reading "The Other Side of Midnight" I felt like I had read it before but still couldn't remember how it ended. So, I kept going. Both are typical Sheldon novels, a few twists and predictable in lots of ways. I consider these my light reads.

Now, the good stuff ~ I think this one is worth checking out:
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
From the John Grisham website:
John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.

Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.

In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.

With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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