The death penalty as capitol punishment elicits a strong feeling among most people whether pro or con. John Grisham has tackled this topic in his newest novel, The Confession. The Reverend Keith Schroeder, a thirty-five year old Lutheran minister in Kansas, is surprised to have a recently paroled convict come to his office and confess to the murder of a Texas high school teenager years ago. Travis Boyette knows that an innocent black teenager was arrested nine years ago for the murder and now is just days away from being put to death. He convinces the Reverend of his guilt and the pair head to Texas in a race to save the life of Donte Drumm.
I was caught up in the madness of trying to save the life of the innocent teen, now man. It made me think more than twice about the use of capitol punishment, which I’m sure was Grisham’s intent.
A retired federal judge that reviewed this book says, I can tell you that you will never find a more realistic portrait of how the legal system works and, more importantly, how often it does not.”