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The Confession by John Grisham

The ConfessionReviewed by Allen Hott

An extremely well told story of how deeply involved some people can quickly get into others’ lives. Grisham has written a story that is not only about good people and good happenings but he has tempered it with sadness and terrible events. As usual he has written in such a way that the reader cannot put the book down but has to continue moving toward an ending which I am not even sure Grisham had envisioned when he began writing The Confession.

It seems very innocent and not out of the ordinary when a gentleman enters the office of Keith Schroeder, pastor of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Kansas. He wants to speak to the pastor and the pastor’s wife, Dana Schroeder, after a few basic questions, escorts him into the pastor’s study. Read the rest of this entry »

The Confession by John Grisham

The Confession Reviewed by Allen Hott

A fast moving story involving the abduction, rape, and strangling of a high school cheerleader in a small town in Texas. As is his custom Grisham takes the reader through all the legal steps and courtroom drama and makes that reader feel that he is deeply involved in the whole procedure.

All in all The Confession is kind of a sad story. Keith Schroeder, the minister of a small church in Kansas, receives a visit from a distraught man who claims to be suffering from a cancerous brain tumor. The man is extremely nervous and depressed. He also claims to have committed a murder in Texas nine years ago for which a young boy is now being prosecuted. Listening to Travis Boyette’s story and then doing some checking via the internet Schroeder discovers that there is in fact a case in Texas at that moment.

Donte Drumm, a black high school football star in Slone, Texas was arrested for the murder of Nicole Yarber, a popular high school cheerleader. Donte due to the antics of an overzealous cop and prosecutor was not only sentenced to prison but he was also given the death sentence. Read the rest of this entry »

The Confession by Charles Todd (Review #2)

The Confession Reviewed by Teri Davis

What would any police inspector do when a man seeks him out at Scotland Yard to confess that he has actually murdered a man? Added to this, this man states that he will not be punished for his crime since he is near to death. The man is dying of stomach cancer. Essentially, this is a deathbed confession.

Inspector Rutledge investigates but is sidetracked when he discovered this man’s body was discovered in the Thames River. He was not drowned, but was shot in the back of the head. Why kill a dying man? Quickly, he also discovers that the dying man identified himself with a false name. Why? Added to this is a locket around the dead man’s neck. The locket belonged to a woman who long ago disappeared.

Ian Rutledge is dealing with his own guilt from fighting in France during World War I. Being given orders and being responsible for these orders being carried out, Rutledge was placed in the situation of leading his men on a suicidal mission. When his best friend refused the order, Rutledge was forced to shoot him. Now, the guilt daily stays with him in the form of the assassinated man speaking with him in his mind. There is evidence of shell-shock in every war. Read the rest of this entry »