Grisham to Write True Story of Innocent Man Condemned to Death
John Grisham, famed for novels about lawyers, may prove that truth can be more compelling than fiction when he tackles his first work of nonfiction: the account of an innocent man sent to death row.
Ron Williamson, who died of liver disease in December at age 51, at one point came within five days of being executed for the 1982 murder of a 21-year-old woman. He was freed in April 1999.
Grisham bought the rights to the story from Williamson's sisters.
If the story has a hero, says Grisham, it will probably be the lawyers who saved Williamson from imminent death. Grisham hopes to finish the book in about ten months.
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