The Confession

The Confession

A gripping crime thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of mystery and suspense


A gripping legal thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author and creator of Sooley and The Judge's List.

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

Travis Boyette is a murderer. Nine years ago, he strangled a high-school cheerleader and buried her body so it could never be found. Then, he watched and waited as police arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime.

Tried, convicted, and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row whilst Boyette walked free.

Now, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. But, as Boyette faces his own mortality, he has finally decided to do what's right. He has decided to confess.

But can he convince the state that they are about to execute the wrong man?
'A master at the art of deft characterisation and the skilful delivery of hair-raising crescendos' - Irish Independent

'John Grisham is the master of legal fiction' - Jodi Picoult

'The best thriller writer alive' - Ken Follett

'John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers' - Telegraph

'Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller' - The Times

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

'Masterful - when Grisham gets in the courtroom he lets rip, drawing scenes so real they're not just alive, they're pulsating' - Mirror

'A giant of the thriller genre' - TimeOut

About the author

John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of forty works of fiction and one of non-fiction. His works are translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Virginia.
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