Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small-town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. Those who believe in "innocent until proven guilty" or that the criminal justice system is fair will be shocked and infuriated. (also reviewed by leadersread.phpSteve Goode)
I picked up this book overlooking the fact that it is a non-fiction book. It was not until I got to the pictures in the middle of the book did I realize this book is a true story. It made this awful story even more awful.
This is the story of murder and injustice in a small town with normal people who have dreams and see those dreams derailed by bad choices by themselves or by others. Grisham shares the pain and suffering of families who have lost daughters to rape and murder. It also shows how people make assumptions or judgments and innocent people go to jail or even worse to death for the crime of another person. This could happen and does happen in many other small towns and cities as well for that matter. Police and law officials have almost impossible jobs to do. Sometimes they get it right and other times, they get it wrong. This is a book of getting it wrong. Innocent to proven guilty thrown right out the window in America. It shows the serious, deficiency of the the legal and prison system.
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