Book Club Kit: The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small TownThe Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham
First Published: 2006
8 Copies & Reading Guide

In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail watiress was raped and murdered. The police suspected Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz, but they had no physical evidence against the two men. Five years later in 1987, the two men were arrested and charged with murder. With the prosecuter’s case built on ineffecient evidence and false testimony, both men were found guilt. Dennis Fritz was given a life sentence, Ron Williamson was sent to death row. The Innocent Man explores America’s justice system and use of the death penalty, but unlike Grisham’s previous works, this one is a true story.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Reviews, and Discussion Questions
Random House – Includes Discussion Questions and Suggestions for Further Reading

The New York Times – “Grisham Takes on the Mystery of Reality” by Janet Maslin
The New York Times – “True Story” by Edward Lewine
Entertainment Weekly – “Book Review – The Innocent Man” by Jennifer Reese
TIME – “Grisham’s New Pitch” by Lev Grossman

On the Web:
Official Website –
John Grisham on The Innocent Man:

If you liked The Innocent Man, you might enjoy:
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer by Ann Rule
The Monster of Florence: A True Story by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
The Lincoln Lawyer (Book Club Kit) by Michael Connelly


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