The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

Written by:
John Grisham
Narrated by:
Craig Wasson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2006
12 hours 30 minutes
#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, this audio edition of The Innocent Man reads like an edge-of-your-seat 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
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Todd N.

I just love John Grisham, another fine example of a justice system hard at work… so scary!! These kinds of things happen far too often.

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Great listen

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Patty Oole

To walk this man's journey through the eyes of John Grisham was both inspiring and infuriating. It read like a mystery. Loved!!

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I enjoyed the book, although, I was saddened by the behavior of the prosecutor and the investigators. I fear that the results from these types of convictions may be more common than I had previously believed. The narrator did a great job of creating the feeling that I was present in the event.

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Marty B.

I loved this book! I had already watched the Netflix series so I was familiar with the story. But the book of course went into further details of the men convicted and the women who were killed. I will recommend this book to everyone! Also, I love Craig Wasson! He is an excellent narrator! I finished this book in 2 days and was sad when it ended. Loved it!

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