John Grisham Divides Opinion With Capital Punishment Novel
JOHN GRISHAM, the celebrated American novelist, published his much anticipated new novel, 'The Confession' yesterday (October 26th 2010). The book is Grisham's follow-up to the 2009 legal thriller 'The Associate', although he did release a children's crime book entitled 'Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer', earlier this year.
'The Confession' follows the story of a man who is just days away from execution, despite being an innocent man. The subject matter is familiar to Grisham, as he is a well-known campaigner against capital punishment. He is also a board member for the Innocence Project, an organisation set up to prove the innocence of wrongly convicted people through DNA testing.
The novel has so far divided the opinion of literary critics, the Washington Post gave it a glowing review, saying the book was a "grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible.a superb work of social criticism", however, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette were not so welcoming of the novel, stating that reading the book was like "spending a week in solitary confinement".