David Dow

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN is thrillingly suspenseful debut novel and a howl of rage that questions the true meaning of justice. This is a heart-stoppingly suspenseful, devastating, page-turning debut novel -- the sort to read in one sitting. Its author David R. Dow has dedicated his life to righting the injustices of the death penalty regime in Texas. He delivers the perfect modern parable for exploring our complex, uneasy relationships with punishment and reparation in an unjust world.

The story is this: Rafael Zhettah relishes the simplicity and freedom of his life. He is the owner of a promising Houston restaurant. A pilot with access to the boundless Texas horizon. A bachelor, content with few personal or material attachments. Then, lightning strikes: He finds his soul mate. And just as fast, when she is murdered in their home, he is convicted of the crime, sentenced to die.

But for Rafael Zhettah, death row is not the end. With his recaptured freedom, he will stop at nothing to deliver justice to those who stole everything from him.

David R. Dow is the Cullen Professor at the University of Houston Law Center and the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History at Rice University. A graduate of Rice and Yale University, Dow’s areas of expertise include constitutional law and theory, contract law, and death penalty law. Working with students in his death penalty clinic, Dow has represented more than 100 death-row inmates during their state and federal appeals. He is also the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network. He lives in Houston and Park City, Utah, with his wife, Katya, their son, Lincoln, and their dogs, Delano and Soul.

Praise for Confessions of an Innocent Man

“Every person wrongfully convicted of a crime at some point dreams of getting revenge against the system. In Confessions of an Innocent Man, the dream comes true and in a spectacular way. As I zipped through the pages, I kept thinking, ‘This book is too thin. I want more.’”— John Grisham, New York Times bestselling author of The Reckoning

“Suppose you were arrested, tried, and sentenced to die for a murder you didn’t commit, then vindicated and freed at the last possible minute. What would you do? Would you try to go back to the old life you’d nearly lost? Or would you punish those who’d stolen it from you? In Confessions of an Innocent Man, David R. Dow, who knows more about death row than any other person who’s never lived there, puts you in the place of a victim of the system whose soul has been shriveled by rage, then invites you to take a look in the mirror. The result is a terrifying modern-day revenger’s tale, one whose furious, irresistible momentum will sweep you up—and make you think.”—Terry Teachout, drama critic, The Wall Street Journal

“An impressive fiction debut…The plot is a page-turner, and the addition of Dow’s knowledge of the legal machinery of death and his nuanced characterization of his lead elevate this above similarly themed legal thrillers.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A debut novel that’s a page-turner with a message…[Dow’s] criminal justice work is a clear influence on this novel, and his passion bleeds through on every page. The claustrophobic nature of prisons, the routine cruelty, the anonymous suffering, the decrepit conditions—they all come through in straightforward, well-written prose… A solidly suspenseful novel.”--Kirkus

“This thought-provoking debut…[an] absorbing tale of misfortune takes readers inside the mind of a good man desperate to prove his innocence as well as inside the world of a maximum-security prison and the horror that is death row…the questions of who gets justice and why court procedure seems to take precedence over individual lives will stay with readers after the satisfying ending to this surprising read.”--Booklist

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Confessions of an Innocent Man: A Novel

By David R. Dow

ISBN: 9781524743888
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Published: 2019-04-09T04:00:00.98Z

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ISBN: 9781524743888
Published: Dutton - April 9th, 2019