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Author: John Grisham

John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.

Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.

In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.

With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

John Grisham tackles nonfiction for the first time with The Innocent Man, a true tale about murder and injustice in a small town (that reads like one of his own bestselling novels). The Innocent Man chronicles the story of Ron Williamson, how he was arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit, how his case was (mis)handled and how an innocent man was sent to death row. Grisham's first work of nonfiction is shocking, disturbing, and enthralling--a must read for fiction and nonfiction fans. We had the opportunity to talk with John Grisham about the case and the book, read his responses below. --Daphne Durham


20 Second Interview: A Few Words with John Grisham

Q: After almost two decades of writing fiction, what compelled you to write non-fiction, particularly investigative journalism?
A: I was never tempted to write non-fiction, primarily because it's too much work. However, obviously, I love a good legal thriller, and the story of Ron Williamson has all the elements of a great suspenseful story.

Q: Why this case?
A: Ron Williamson and I are about the same age and we both grew up in small towns in the south. We both dreamed of being major league baseball players. Ron had the talent, I did not. When he left a small town in 1971 to pursue his dreams of major league glory, many thought he would be the next Mickey Mantle, the next great one from the state of Oklahoma. The story of Ron ending up on Death Row and almost being executed for a murder he did not commit was simply too good to pass up.

Q: How did you go about your research?
A: I started with his family. Ron is survived by two sisters who took care of him for most of his life. They gave me complete access to the family records, photographs, Ron's mental health records, and so on. There was also a truckload of trial transcripts, depositions, appeals, etc., that took about 18 months to organize and review. Many of the characters in the story are still alive and I traveled to Oklahoma countless times to interview them.

Q: Did your training as a lawyer help you?
A: Very much so. It enabled me to understand the legal issues involved in Ron's trial and his appeals. It also allowed me, as it always does, to be able to speak the language with lawyers and judges.

Q: Throughout your book you mention, The Dreams of Ada: A True Story of Murder, Obsession, and a Small Town. How did you come across that book, and how did it impact your writing The Innocent Man?
A: Several of the people in Oklahoma I met mentioned The Dreams of Ada to me, and I read it early on in the process. It is an astounding book, a great example of true crime writing, and I relied upon it heavily during my research. Robert Mayer, the author, was completely cooperative, and kept meticulous notes from his research 20 years earlier. Many of the same characters are involved in his story and mine.

Q: You take on some pretty controversial and heated topics in your book--the death penalty, prisoner’s rights, DNA analysis, police conduct, and more--were any of your own beliefs challenged by this story and its outcome?
A: None were challenged, but my eyes were open to the world of wrongful convictions. Even as a former criminal defense attorney, I had never spent much time worrying about wrongful convictions. But, unfortunately, they happen all the time in this country, and with increasing frequency.

Q: So many of the key players in this case are either still in office or practicing attorneys. Many family members and friends still live in the same small town. How do you think The Innocent Man will impact this community and other small rural towns as they struggle with the realities of the justice system?
A: Exonerations seem to be happening weekly. And with each one of them, the question is asked--how can an innocent man be convicted and kept in prison for 20 years? My book is the story of only one man, but it is a good example of how things can go terribly wrong with our judicial system. I have no idea how the book will be received in the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, or any other town.

Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from The Innocent Man?
A: A better understanding of how innocent people can be convicted, and a greater concern for the need to reimburse and rehabilitate innocent men after they have been released.



Network Security and Cryptography

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Author: Sarhan M. Musa

Network Security and Cryptography introduces the basic concepts in computer networks and the latest trends and technologies in cryptography and network security. This book is a definitive guide to the principles and techniques of cryptography and network security as well as their effective usage.

Primarily intended as a textbook for courses in computer science, electronics and communication, and electrical and electronics, the book also serves as a basic reference and refresher for professionals in these areas.

FEATURES:

• Includes latest material related to IoT, cloud computing, smart grid, big data analytics, and more

• Separate chapters on the mathematics related to network security and cryptography

• Introduces basic concepts in computer networks and the latest trends and technologies in cryptography and network security

• Includes end of chapter review questions


Silly Willy (Classics Illustrated Juniors, 557)

Silly Willy (Classics Illustrated Juniors, 557) Lowest new price: $8.00
Author: Brothers Grimm

A new modern printing!

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  • Good literature
  • Suitable for all ages


The Elf Mound (Classics Illustrated Junior, 556)

The Elf Mound (Classics Illustrated Junior, 556) Lowest new price: $8.00
Author: Hans Christian Andersen

A new modern printing!

Features:

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  • Durable papers
  • Archival quality packaging
  • Good literature
  • Suitable for all ages


The Dancing Princesses

The Dancing Princesses Lowest new price: $8.00
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Author: Brothers Grimm

A new modern reprint of a 1956 classic, produced in brilliant color and quality papers.


Gravity (Salt Modern Poets S.)

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Author: Allen Fisher

A burglar near the end of the century hears a song thrush on trumpet. William Blake, senior citizen of Lambeth, is walking through the Brixton riots. Garden design encodes aesthetics and slavery. This is our poetry. It ranges from archaeology to jazz, from genetics to ZAP vectors via Paxton and Mandelbrot, a performance in time. Allen Fisher's epic Gravity is an alphabet of procedural poems, a conceptual cinema, a fun-park, and a museum of anthropology. Deliberately imperfect, democratic, non-totalising, vivid and beautiful: we could not have imagined it without him.


Introducing Buddha

Introducing Buddha Lowest used price: $4.75
Author: Jane Hope

Meditation, Karma, Zen, Tantra, Nirvana - these are some of the many Buddhist ideas not fully understood in the Western popular idion. This is an introduction to Buddhism, a vast and complex non-theistic relition, woven into the fabric of Asian civilizations.


Oklava: Recipes from a Turkish-Cypriot kitchen

Oklava: Recipes from a Turkish-Cypriot kitchen Lowest new price: $27.99
Author: Selin Kiazim



With influences from the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and the Middle East, Turkish-Cypriot food offers incredible flavor combinations unique to its region. Oklava: The Cookbook celebrates the culinary delights of this area in a way no cookbook has done before.

Oklava translates simply as 'rolling pin'. For Selin Kiazim, owner and chef of Oklava restaurant in London, this word conjures up memories of her Turkish-Cypriot grandmother: a rolling pin was never far from her hands, which meant a delicious meal was imminent. The same can be said for this book. These sensational recipes will take you on a journey from home-cooked meals and summers spent in North Cyprus to an exciting interpretation of modern Turkish-Cypriot cooking in London.

Bring the Oklava experience into your home with Turkish delights such as Pistachio crusted Banana & Tahini French Toast with Orange Blossom Syrup & Smoked Streaky Bacon; Grilled Quails with Palm Sugar, Sumac & Oregano Glaze; Courgette, Feta & Mint Fritters; Crispy Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Breast with Yoghurt; Chilli-Roast Cauliflower; and Chocolate, Prune & Cardamom Delice.


A Time for Patriots

A Time for Patriots Lowest used price: $45.98
Author: Dale Brown

“A master….[Brown] puts readers right into the middle of the inferno.”
—Larry Bond

New York Times bestselling thriller-master Dale Brown delivers a story for our times. A Time for Patriots is one of his most explosive novels to date—a frightening, all-too-possible look into the near future, when the nation’s economic collapse turns thousands of Americans against their own government. In the midst of chaos, Patrick McLanahan—hero of Executive Intent, Rogue Forces, and many other previous adventures—must enlist the aid of his son and his fellow citizens to hunt down terrorists any way they can. In A Time for Patriots, Dale Brown brings the battle home!


The American Claimant

Lowest used price: $1.00
Author: Mark Twain

The American Claimant


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