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April 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers

Confessions of an Innocent Man
A Novel
By (author): David R. Dow
9781524743888 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Crime Apr 09, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.26 x 9.32 x 0.99 in 304 pages Dutton
A thrillingly suspensful debut novel, and a fierce howl of rage that questions the true meaning of justice.

Rafael Zhettah is a guilty man: He betrayed his wife and has taken two people prisoner, executing an extraordinary and calculated act of revenge. Rafael Zhettah is an innocent man: He has been wrongly imprisoned for the crime that has destroyed his life, the murder of his beloved wife.

When a universally admired Austin billionaire, a dedicated humanitarian and patron of the arts, is found bludgeoned in her home, her husband Rafael, fifteen years her junior, the son of poor Mexican immigrants, a cook, is the obvious and only suspect. He is tried, convicted, and sentenced to death; sent to death row where monsters like him belong. The only problem: He’s completely innocent. Six years pass, when overlooked DNA evidence saves him from execution at the eleventh hour. He vows to use his regained freedom to take revenge on the people and the system that stole years of his life.

This is a heart stoppingly suspenseful, devastating, page-turning debut novel. A thriller with a relentless grip that wants you to read it in one sitting. David Dow has dedicated his life to the fight against the death penalty, to right the horrific 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 a horrifically unjust world.

DEBUT FICTION: Dow is the author of several critically acclaimed works of nonfiction on the death penalty, and death row inmates. This is his first novel.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Dow’s book The Autobiography of an Execution was an NBCC finalist and won the B&N Discover Prize for nonfiction.

20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Dow has been at the forefront of the fight against the death penalty for twenty years; this book rings with authentic anger from his personal experience.

RELEVANT ISSUE: This stands to become an essential work, tackling a tough social issue with grace and expertise.

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, 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 over 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.

Author Residence: Houston, TX; Park City, UT

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“David Dow’s extraordinary memoir lifts the veil on the real world of representing defendants on death row. It will stay with me a long time.” --Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine

“Defending the innocent is easy. David Dow fights for the questionable. He is tormented, but relentless, and takes us inside his struggle with candor and insight, shudders and all.”—Dave Cullen, author of Columbine

“Dow’s book is a sobering, gripping and candid look into the death penalty.”—Publishers Weekly

“For a lot of good reasons, and some that are not so good, executions in the U.S. are carried out in private. The voters, the vast majority of whom support executions, are not allowed to see them. The Autobiography of an Execution is a riveting and compelling account of a Texas execution written and narrated by a lawyer in the thick of the last minute chaos. It should be read by all those who support state sponsored killing.”—John Grisham, author of The Innocent Man

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